PIET’S CONCERT PICK FOR THE WEEKEND
Style: Pop from an artist finally free to reveal the full extent of her gifts.
Backstory: Kesha was a gimmick in the beginning, singing about brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack with a bratty rap-like cadence. But it worked for her; she was an instant breakout with that first single, “Tik Tok,” in 2010. Kesha’s gradually refined hits kept coming, but her career came to a halt in 2014, when she accused her producer, Dr. Luke, of abuse, and fought to get removed from her recording contract. The messy and ugly legal battle is ongoing, but Kesha was able to make an album more or less on her terms (i.e. without Dr. Luke’s creative involvement). The result, this August’s “Rainbow,” is her greatest achievement, filled with emotional, empowering, even funny songs, without any of that calculated faux rap.
Why you should go: Kesha came to the Rave last year, recasting her catalog as country and rock songs, and her liberated attitude was infectious, even if the show itself was a bit shaggy. That spirit should remain intact, likely in a more polished performance, and undoubtedly featuring some of the strongest songs of Kesha’s career.
Opener: ’70s rock-honoring Nashville band Savoy Motel.
Time and place: 8 p.m. Thursday, Eagles Ballroom, the Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Price: Sold out. Secondhand tickets available at stubhub.com starting at $54.63.