The middle schoolers of Providence (and, let’s face it, a decent portion of Brown students) were out in full glitter and fishnets last night, as Ke$ha graced the stage of Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel. Although the concert didn’t start until 8:30, and Ke$ha herself didn’t appear until 10, at 7:45 the line was around the block at Lupo’s. Girls and guys alike had scoured their closets for sequins, and more than one may have had a water bottle full of whiskey in their handbag, so the atmosphere was that unique blend of enthusiasm and intoxication that Ke$ha has made her trademark. Full review after the jump…
The first opener was Deluka, a electro/rock band from the UK, whose first album, You are the Night, was released just two weeks ago. Their style was definitely independent of Ke$ha’s; regardless they kept the enthusiastic crowd entertained.
The next opener was Dan Black, whom Wikipedia describes as a “wonky pop artist.” I’d say that description is pretty accurate, but he certainly brought the dance moves. He didn’t introduce himself until the end of his set, and there was a moment when I wasn’t sure whether he was just a rogue stage technician with big dreams.
Ke$ha’s set started at 10, opening with Flo Rida’s “Right Round” segueing into “Blah Blah Blah.” Next was “Party at a Rich Dude’s House,” at which point it became clear that Ke$ha was probably drunk onstage, “stealing” a cymbal from the drum set and running around the stage with it. It’s exactly this kind of antic that makes Ke$ha so appealing to her fans – she’s built a career out of getting wasted and doing inexplicable things, while covered in glitter. Who doesn’t secretly want to get paid for that?
The show only became more absurd as the night went on. A marching band made an appearance. So did Santa Claus. A lot of the choreography consisted of writhing on the floor or Thriller-esque zombie dancing. It was weird, slightly messy, and perfectly suited to Ke$ha’s notorious affect.