Paper Magazine and Ray-Ban rocked the Roseland Ballroom last Thursday night with a show that proves exactly why I ♥ NY….who doesn’t love a free concert? 

With opening acts including SPANK (spinning rave-like tunes on stage) and Rye Rye (bringing her Baltimore hip-hop flavors to the Big Apple), the converted club looked like a bit of a ghost town for the first two hours.  Roseland Ballroom can hold 3,500 on the main floor alone, with an upstairs that hosted another 100+ VIP’s and various media coverage.  The Ray-Ban photo booth kept concertgoers busy in between sets, and venue staff handed out bags of popcorn treats while wearing old school 80’s Ray-Ban shades.

Very few people from the press were allowed backstage/photo access to the evening’s main act – rising star and Paper Magazine cover girl, Ke$ha.  If you missed her last week at Jones Beach or on The Today Show for their Summer Concert Series, this was a chance to catch the LaLa Land denizen flaunt more than just her vocals. 


To keep the crowd pumped up, the blonde songstress performed her recent hits and current single while jamming on keyboards, banging on drums, turning cartwheels on stage, and slinking around with her gay and totally fabulous backup dancers.  She even donned the Russian style fur hat that was a part of her Paper Magazine cover shoot.  Did we mention the giant steam gun she used to fog the audience?  Let’s just say that Ke$ha definitely likes to keep things lively!

The culmination of the evening was the performance of her debut song “Tik Tok” which earned the honor of being the longest running #1 debut single by a female artist since 1977!  Her album, Animal, was released in January 2010 and also debuted at #1.  She certainly had everyone on their feet and pumping their fists to her “ridiculously catchy lyrics” (as coined by Rolling Stone Magazine). 

Seriously – any artist who can lay claim to their debut song being lip synched by the entire cast of The Simpsons  in the opening sequence should take satisfaction in knowing that they have ‘arrived’ in the music world.  


Look for Ke$ha as the new brand ambassador for Casio as she prepares to design two new women’s Baby-G watches this summer.  With a string of heavy hitters backing up this ‘garbage chic’ (in her own words) new artist, we are sure to see more of Ke$ha as the clock, ahem, tick tocks on. 



Photo credits: Jean-Paul Abboud