After one too many of their “hits,” their songs began to blend into one never-ending song. Additionally, the lead singer’s voice could barely be heard. Maybe because the crowd was too busy talking to be bothered by the band’s lackluster performance.
Reigning Sound showed no sign of stopping anytime soon as their performance began approaching an hour, but a Ritz employee entered the stage to notify them that it was time to go. Like that, the band was gone, to the crowd’s delight.
Thirty minutes later, the lights began to dim and the backing band entered the stage. The crowd began chanting “Kesha” in unison.
When she strutted in a Western-style pantsuit from the right side of the stage, she brought with her an aura of positive energy that revived the crowd after the opening act.
Kesha kicked off the night with “Woman,” a female empowerment anthem. During the song, she declared herself as independent, “motherfucking woman,” singing, “Don't buy me a drink, I make my money, don't touch my weave, don't call me honey, 'cause I run my shit, baby.”
She got the crowd dancing during “Boogie Feet,” backed by two male dancers moving in sync with her. She urged her Animals to stop “living in resentment, (and) choose redemption” on her track, “Learn to Let Go.”
Before launching into “Hymn,” a song she said was dedicated to anyone who never felt like they had a song, she thanked her fans.
“You’ve been there for me during, hands down, the most difficult time in my entire life,” Kesha said. “I don’t know what I did in my past life to deserve y’all in this life, but thank you. This record wouldn’t exist — actually I know for a fact it would not exist without my fans.”
After playing several songs off her new album, Kesha took it back to the classics — and that included taking it all off.
She began to tease the crowd by taking off her bolo tie and her jacket. She unbuttoned her shirt to reveal another layer underneath this new country exterior — she’s still the party girl from 2009.
She used the tease as a starting point for a performance of “Take It Off,” one of her first hits. During the bridge, she told everyone to raise their middle finger up in the air.
After, she jumped right into “We R Who We R,” an anthem about living life without apology. The audience went chaotic, jumping up and down and screaming every single lyric of the two songs.
With the crowd hyped, she left the stage to change into her second outfit of the night — a feathery white dress, tan cowboy hat and boots.
She performed a few more songs from “Rainbow,” such as “Spaceship,” “Hunt You Down” and “Godzilla,” before singing a few more classics, like “Your Love is My Drug” and “Blow.”
During “Blow,” she sang, “Go insane, throw some glitter, make it rain on 'em,” before she threw two cups of glitter into the crowd. On top of that, her dancers shot confetti, causing the chaos to continue.
Before supposedly ending the night, Kesha performed “Praying,” the cathartic lead single from “Rainbow.”
“Before I sing our pretend last song, I just want to say thank you for all the support we’ve gotten,” Kesha said. “This song in particular, this is a very emotional song. Usually when you put out a new record, they don’t want you to put out a slow song first, but I had to tell this story first.”
The night didn’t end there as she came back on stage — in a party blouse and jean shorts — for an encore, which included her debut single, “TiK ToK,” and “Rainbow” cut, “Bastards.”
Kesha’s performance didn’t disappoint as she connected to the audience on a spiritual level. She hyped the audience with her positive energy, and her vocals were stronger than ever, no longer silenced by auto-tune.
She may have left behind the party-girl image, but she’s in a much better place — a place of peace with herself and her Animals.