There’s no place like home for DP’s own Katy Perry

By Haley Peterson

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Katy Perry doesn't disappoint in Santa Barbara Bowl homecoming (Kristen Gowdy/photo)

Haley Peterson | Features Editor | August 15, 2011

There’s no place like home.

Katy Perry made that clear when she returned to the Santa Barbara Bowl on August 13th and 14th to continue her California Dream tour. The Goleta native sold out both nights, proving the 805’s admiration of the hometown superstar.

Perry expressed her gratitude and nostalgia of being back in Santa Barbara, claiming that she ate Rusty’s Pizza, a Red-Orange from Blenders, and food from La Super Rica over the weekend. The singer-songwriter’s superstar status has increased tenfold over the past year due to her chart topping album “Teenage Dream” and she has no plans of slowing down any time soon.

Oh Land, the opening act for Perry, combined pop elements with some electro/techno, comfortably warming up the crowd for the appearance of Katy Perry. Clad in red lipstick, a unicorn inspired headpiece, and a white sheer dress, Nanna Øland Fabricius contributed her own twist to the music scene by adding keyboard bits to her 2-person band consisting of a stand-up drummer and a keyboardist. The Denmark native’s 30 minute opening segment ended with appreciative applause which eventually led to the anticipatory chanting of “Katy! Katy!”.

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The scene was set for Perry’s appearance by a short but sweet video clip in which the star dreamed she had to search for her cat, ironically named Kitty Purry, in a Candy land/Dr. Seuss inspired fantasy oasis. As the curtain was drawn and the video ended, Ms. Perry made a uniquely powerful entrance by proclaiming “I’m home!” as she entered the stage by rising from a candy cane staircase. The intro to her feverishly catchy hit “Teenage Dream” began to play among the screaming fans, immediately drawing in the crowd.

The two-hour performance was nothing short of spectacular, even for the parents and other adults in the audience. Regardless of a person’s taste in music, Perry put on a show worthy of a standing ovation. From her chart-topping songs off of her most recent album such as “Firework,” “E.T.,” “Friday Night (T.G.I.F),” to her original classics that shot her to fame like “Hot and Cold” and “I Kissed A Girl,” Perry entertained the masses throughout the night.

While performing “Hot and Cold,” Perry underwent multiple on-stage costume changes (inspired by the lyrics “You change your mind like a girl changes clothes”), wowing the crowd and provoking raucous cheering. And this was just the tip of the iceberg to Perry’s awe-inspiring performance. Gracing the stage with a nearly 10-foot-long red, green and yellow boa, the sultry singer gave a jazzy remix of the hit “I Kissed A Girl” after being swoon by two male concert-goers who got to kiss her cheek. The crowd roared with approval as Ms. Perry broke into the hugely popular hit “E.T.” amid a laser light show. The visual effects, along with Perry’s backup dancers, created a futuristic club-like feel within the intimacy of the Bowl.

The middle of Perry’s performance had a different vibe as the band traded in their electric guitars for acoustic ones and pulled up wooden stools to the part of the stage protruding into the crowd. This intimate “Katy-oke” portion was a combination of belting out popular songs such as Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World,” sharing memories about being a kid in Goleta, and entertaining the audience with jokes.

Changing the mood yet again, the VH1 Top 20 music video sensation “Firework,” one of Katy Perry’s “favorite songs” to sing, reached a new level of inspiration as the crowd shouted the lyrics and pumped their fists during the chorus. Lastly, Perry ended her night of nostalgia with the summer anthem “California Girls,” a pop song that pays tribute to “wild, wild west coast.”As the song ended, Perry sprayed the pit (the standing-room only area near the stage) with a candy cane-inspired foam-squirting super soaker.

The constant shout-outs to her hometown created a sense of approval and accomplishment among the concert-goers. Dos Pueblos students remember Perry’s once-in-a-lifetime free concert in the Greek Theater last year and are nothing less than supportive of the superstar. This weekend’s sold out concert at the Bowl signifies the first Santa Barbara performance from Perry since she graced the campus of Dos Pueblos last September. Perry, who claimed “I’m a CHARGER!”, will always consider the 805 her home. From the reminiscent days of roaming the hallways at Dos Pueblos, to being nominated for 6 Grammy awards, it is safe to say that Katy Perry is one of Santa Barbara’s greatest accomplishments.

The multi-talented pop superstar continues to inspire the humble residents of the sleepy seaside paradise we call home. Needless to say, Dos Pueblos’ most celebrated star will always be welcome in Hicktown.












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