Concert Review: Ke$ha and Pitbull attempt “Best Night of your Life”

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press

The Palace lit up with energy and action, as Ke$ha and Pitbull performed for the “Best Night of My Life” tour, Friday June 7.

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Ke$ha opened the show with a performance of “Warrior.” Screens onstage flashed with clips from her videos and smoke erupted from the stage as she danced wearing a black glittery bodysuit and knee-high boots. Ke$ha’s dancers sported flashy costumes as well for the beginning of the concert.

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As the night went on, Ke$ha performed hits from her album, in addition to a “never before performed” unreleased song, “Machine Gun Love,” during which she asked the audience to record it on their phones. Though she was lip-synching at times, Ke$ha did put on an entertaining performance. Drag queens, animal mascots and random inflatable items were among some of Ke$ha’s crew.

During “Gold Trans Am,” Ke$ha came out onto stage atop of a cage being wheeled out by her dancers. Wearing a new leather ensemble, she proceeded to dance on it with them, later adding pyrotechnic affects, drawing cheers from the audience.  “Animal” turned into a striptease, with her and her male dancers cage-dancing as “money” fell onto them from the ceiling. The men put on eyeball masks for a performance of “Blah Blah Blah.”

For “Your Love is my Drug,” the stage filled with an inflatable hippo and legs, as her dancers moved around on roller-skates.  Her performance closed with “Die Young,” as Ke$ha returned to stage in a gold and red superhero costume, playing drums, and dancing as sparkling confetti was released into the audience. Glitter and energy were high during the show, as Ke$ha kept the environment lively.

After Ke$ha’s 13-song, hour and ten minute set, Pitbull took the stage. The crowd was still amped up from a deejay that played loud, bass-infused music between performances.  As the curtain went up, one of Pitbull’s videos played on the screen, and he went into an energetic performance of “Hey Baby.”

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Dressed up in a suit and dark sunglasses, “Feel This Moment” and “Don’t Stop the Party” were among popular hits Pitbull brought to the stage. Pitbull dedicated a high-energy performance of “Hotel Room” to the ladies in the audience. He talked about bringing his life from negative to positive, with a performance of “Give Me Everything.”

Pitbull’s show was more of a party than a musical concert. The Palace was comparable to a giant nightclub as he danced to other pop hits in addition to performing his own songs. His hour and a half concert filled with lights, smoke and dancing was more of a rave than a musical experience, though the audience responded by keeping energy high through the night.

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