Kesha’s still got the glitter and the attitude and the hit songs, from decade-opening anthems such as "TiK ToK,” "Your Love is My Drug,” "We R Who We R” and "Blow" to more recent collaborations with Pitbull on "Timber" and Zedd's "True Colors." All of this should be on energetic display 9 p.m. Oct. 22 when the singer performs at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
But the Kesha touring the country these days has become something different. While the legal system is still hashing out the facts related to her lawsuit alleging sexual assault and other abuse at the hands of her producer (her request for an injunction to record music for a new label was denied in a February ruling by a New York judge), Kesha has evolved into an enduring symbol for a painful sisterhood.
Her performance at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May, which included a tender reading of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” was “showstopping” for several reasons, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“Showing more support for her, via cheers and applause, than Justin Bieber, whose records have consistently hit No. 1 this year, the crowd seemed to want her to know they felt her pain, performance and everything else,” wrote the Review-Journal’s Kimberly De La Cruz.
At a show last week on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, reviewer Olivia Balcerzak observed that time and the issue of sexual assault, “a topic that is still a problem across college campuses,” have created a more poignant prism through which to view Kesha’s music.
“If it were 2010, I would not understand how so many different people in one room could understand Kesha’s situation so well, even if many were lucky enough to not encounter it. I could not appreciate the ear-piercing uproar that came from every section of the crowd when Kesha mentioned the man who assaulted her. I could never wrap my brain around how a huge school felt like a community, when Kesha sang “You Don’t Own Me” and students held their phones up as lights in tribute to her.”
By all accounts, Kesha’s performances are still primarily a showcase for the glittery, party-girl bravado that made her pop songs such fun. But there’s something else going on between her and her fans, too. Which makes things more interesting.
The BleauLive performance series has celebrated the Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s long history as an entertainment venue with concerts by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Ricky Martin, Blondie, Meghan Trainor and the Band Perry. Melissa Etheridge is scheduled to perform on Nov. 26.
For Kesha’s appearance, the basic BleauLive package includes a general-admission ticket, discounted valet servce ($15) and two-hour open bar for $70. A dinner-and-show package adds a 6 p.m. pre-show, prix-fixe dinner at StripSteak by Michael Mina or Scarpetta for $109.
The BleauFan Weekend Package offers two nights in a deluxe room, two tickets, a two-hour open bar and complimentary parking for $369 per night.
For more information, call 305-674-4641 or visit BleauLive.com.