By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
Katy Perry brought her “Prismatic” tour to the District for two nights this week with special guests Ferras and Capital Cities.
Being an opening act in a giant arena is never easy, but Ferras, despite playing to a smaller crowd, did an admirable job. In a 30-minute set, the singer mixed up-tempo numbers with a few ballads. While obviously not well known to the crowd, his impressive voice and catchy songs provided a joyous mood to start the night.
Next up was Capital Cities, whose dance-y songs and crowd participation served as a great lead-up to the night’s main attraction. In addition to a number of their more popular songs like “Safe and Sound,” “I Sold My Bed but Not My Stereo,” and “One Minute More,” they also busted out a cover of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” changing the song up to give it a jazzy, club vibe. Although most of the crowd did not appear to be born for another 40 years or so after the song’s release, the audience still sang along to every word.
But the band’s brightest and strongest moments were the aforementioned hits. “Safe and Sound” was the first song that truly had the audience up and dancing, with the band prodding the crowd to jump up and dance.
As their set ended with a remix of “Safe and Sound,” the entire audience danced and sang, clearly
revved up and ready for Katy Perry.
And finally, around 9 p.m., the lights dimmed and a giant prism formed out of the center of the stage. When it finally began to descend, Perry stood front and center, the opening notes of her huge hit “Roar” kicked off, and for the next two hours it was a nonstop party.
In a set that featured six different “acts,” including a costume change for each, Perry wowed the audience with both her vocal chops and a highly impressive show. Performers appeared from, and disappeared into, the stage; guitarists had a dueling solo battle 50 feet in the air while sparks shot out of their guitars; dancers dressed up as cats; and giant horses and inflatable cars all made appearances.
But through it all, the night’s true stars were the songs. Since the release of her breakthrough album “One of the Boys” in 2008, Perry has released hit after hit, and every one of those tunes was on display during the show.
While there were some songs that missed the mark – such as the jazzy, lounge version she performed of “Hot N Cold” – throughout the entire night the audience danced, jumped and matched every note.
Perry made sure to connect with the audience every chance she got. She stopped on a few occasions to take a selfie with the crowd in the pit, and she also pulled a young boy up on stage for a pepperoni pizza. Perry, who is gluten-free, said that even though she couldn’t eat it, the pizza shouldn’t go to waste. As the boy jumped back off the stage with the pizza box in hand, she predicted that he was “going to be so popular when school is back in session!”
The singer’s catalog has been described as bubblegum, fairy tales and a departure from reality. But on this night it was quite obvious that that is exactly what the fans were looking for: some fun, some dancing and a chance to escape into a world of pretty colors and catchy melodies. And on this night, that is exactly what Kate Perry provided.
Part of Me
I Kissed a Girl
Hot N Cold
International Smile / Madonna “Vogue” cover
By The Grace of God
The One That Got Away
Walking on Air
It Takes Two
This Is How We Do / Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)