Ke$ha at Myth, 8/19/13
|Photo by Tony Nelson|
with Mike Posner and Semi Precious Weapons
Myth Live Event Center, St. Paul
August 19, 2013
If the will call line is held up by security inspecting a glitter container to ensure it's not drugs, a grown man is prancing around in gold spandex pants, and the floor becomes a minefield of spilled drinks, you know you're at a Ke$ha show.
Last night at Myth, Ke$ha (Kesha Rose Serbert) hit the stage to greet a rowdy, highly enthused crowd. The show was over the top with explosive visual entertainment and energy, which was anticipated after seeing the three semi trucks outside for lighting and production and the five tour buses for the band and crew.
Slideshow: Ke$ha at Myth, 8/19/13
Opener Mike Posner got the already overflowing room to move, jump, and raise their hands, as a good pop star should do, apparently, which inevitably set a sufficient base level of overturned drinks. And the night developed on a slippery playing field for the overly intoxicated, face-painted crowd.
|Photos by Tony Nelson|
When Ke$ha finally graced her crazed fans -- or "animals" -- she came out wearing a colorful sequin, bustier one-piece, and was joined by a herd of dancing men in leather harnesses swinging samurai swords to complement her song "Warrior." Before playing "We R Who We R," she made a simple request of the gyrating sweaty bunch, "Can you guys make me a promise that you will be yourself, unapologetically always?"
The show lived up to the anticipated production value with huge smoke explosions and metallic confetti shot into the air -- as if anyone needed more glitter. During "Gold Trans Am," Ke$ha had a metal spinning tool that she created a shower of sparks with on the center of her giant pro-wrestling-type belt. For someone who made a career by essentially claiming to brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack, it was unexpected to see her operating what could be considered heavy machinery. And that said it was a bit unexpected to see her execute such fast choreography with her crew of professional male dancers.
|Photo by Tony Nelson|
Throughout the performance there were a series of costume-change breaks supplemented with projected videos of Ke$ha, which the band accompanied sometimes with a wailing guitar solo. In them, she was mostly rolling around on a bed or on the ground in her underwear and knee-high stockings.