Pretty and sick, young and bored, Charlotte teenagers turned up en masse Tuesday night to let the crazy out with Ke$ha at the N.C. Music Factory’s Fillmore Charlotte.
Ripped fluorescent stockings? Check. Tiger paw eyeliner? Check. A ridiculous amount of glitter? You bet.
Ke$ha’s first of two planned visits to Charlotte this year was a glorious mix of synth-infused pop, over-the-top costumes (from the crowd and stage) and a whole lot of random.
In a little more than an hour, fans witnessed Santa Claus beating down a dinosaur-shaped piñata during a cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right”; Ke$ha crucifying a would-be lover during “Cannibal”; and some man in a skeletal suit and a dinosaur head grinding with Ke$ha during “Dinosaur.”
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None of it really made sense, but maybe that’s the point of her Get Sleazy Tour.
The crowd certainly fed off of the night’s chaos, especially as Ke$ha shot off a glitter gun into the crowd during “Blow.” Besides, I’m not sure the concert would have been as entertaining without the stage props that seemed more appropriate at a garage sale than a concert.
At times, Ke$ha’s energy on stage seemed lacking. And I can’t say with confidence that she sang the majority of her songs live – or played the guitar that she draped around her neck mid-song.
But what she lacks in musical genius she makes up for in her marketing skills.
After all, this is the artist who has created an industry out of being questionably drunk in public all the time. Who made trashy seem classy – or at least normal.
Stumbling around inebriated and slurring your words has never looked this glamorous.
Ke$ha will return to the Music Factory on Aug. 10, when she’ll headline the much larger Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater. The venue allows for 3,000 more fans than the Fillmore, which has a capacity of 2,000 and was sold out on Tuesday.