Big Freedia and the Queen Divas
Friday, June 29
If you’re not familiar with Big Freedia a.k.a. Freddie Ross, visit her website. Before you know it you’ll have spent hours competing in the Big Freedia Booty Battle (a Dance Dance Revolution inspired computer game where you control the ass of one of four selectable characters who shake it to the tunes of Freedia) and dropping dough on “#1 ass certified booty shorts.” Big Freedia comes to party spitting high energy raps over bounce beats—a form of hip hop developed in New Orleans characterized by call and response style vocals, chants, and variations on samples from Southern hip hop tracks. Understanding the culture from where this style of music was born is a very important part of understanding the music itself. Sometimes called “Sissy” bounce (a locally used name for biological men with varied and ambiguous sexual identities) the genre can feature explicitly gay and cross-dressing musicians and themes, but the party atmosphere that Freedia creates is universal and the rapper often includes the audience in the performance. This type of thing doesn’t work unless the audience is just as excited to be there as Freedia is, so show up to Soundlab on Friday (June 29) with a gang of your craziest friends and be prepared to let loose. Special guests, local rapper Jack Tropht and DJ Mario Be, will also perform. —cory perla
9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907/bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $12 advance. 18+.