Ke$ha and Pitbull - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 6/19/13 (VIDEO)

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Kesha crouched with backup dancers
All photos by Jim Louvau

Ke$ha and Pitbull, Ak-Chin Pavilion, June 19, 2013

See the full slideshow of Ke$ha & Pitbull here.

Pitbull and Ke$ha put together one of the most genius tours of the summer -- a pop princess and Spanish-speaking smooth rapper got the masses out at Ak-Chin Pavilion Wednesday night. The show wasn't quite sold out, but the venue was filled with way more people than either artist could have drawn on his or her own.

What really makes this dual star-type of bill magical is that there was no mediocre opener. The show was fun from beginning to end, including an energetic interlude video DJ set by the enthusiastic Jump Smokers.

At first, it was totally puzzling why Ke$ha was the show's opener. Sure, Pitbull has a slew of radio hits, too, but he is mostly heard on chart-climbing collaborations. How could he headline all by himself?

Kesha arms waving

Kesha guitar
But then, the crowd, more than half Latino, gave insight into the lineup. There are plenty of people who buy Pitbull's full albums, and they populated the Pavilion.

Ke$ha's set likely entertained even those who weren't there to see her. Her show, per usual, was still moderately flashy and still extremely trashy. While she boasted an on-stage jungle gym, six male backup dancers and a live band along with fireworks and confetti, there were still loads of features that were totally Ke$ha. You know, penis suits, strip teases, talks about tranny clubs, whipped cream guzzling, tea-bagging references. Yep, at one point, the Big K asked audience members to tea-bag each other. Good ol' Ke$ha.

Maybe it's because it was a larger venue than she's played in AZ, or maybe it was because her barely hour-long set was shorter than most, but more emphasis seemed to be placed on the showwomanship than on the singing.

This was the most choreography Ke$ha has performed in the Valley, and while she sounded top-notch on tracks such as "Dirty Love" and "C'mon," at other times, the backing track completely took over, like during the jazzed-up "Take It Off," during which dollar bills fell from the ceiling. Still, her show was just what you'd expect from Ke$ha: a blast.

It was evident most of the crowd came for Pitbull, as everyone rose to their feet for his own 90-minute set.

Location Info


Ak-Chin Pavilion

2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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Midwestern Dude'itude
Midwestern Dude'itude

Ak-Chin Pavillion, not Casino.... It is Desert Sky/Cricket/ Every of thing it has been called.


That must've been awful. I feel bad for you.

Luka Bleu
Luka Bleu

Why such a small place out in the boonies.. They must not be able to fill US Airways ?

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