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Big Freedia Everywhere (Including San Antonio)

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Big Freedia, showing off her world-renowned style

Her commanding performances made their way into a 2010 article in The New York Times Magazine primarily focused on Big Freedia and Katey Red and a dance the author prudishly called “p-popping” (that extra p is short for ‘pussy,’ FYI). From there, Freedia scored crossover gigs opening for the Postal Service and Matt and Kim and a breakout spot in 2011’s South by Southwest music festival.

The road to world bounce domination hasn’t always been easy. Freedia recalled one particularly awful show in Connecticut full of “young, rich white boys and girls.” She said, “We had a very rough time with that crowd. They were pitching shit and it was the first time that I went through something like that.” Even on the phone she sounds mystified. “The girls were screaming for me and the boys were booing me.”

She also had a run-in with fellow New Orleans bounce artist Mr. Ghetto that verged on homophobia, though the relentlessly positive Freedia insists both the Connecticut crowd and Mr. Ghetto are outliers in an otherwise hostility-free career. “A lot of the rappers and the hip-hop artists, they respect me and they love me,” said Freedia. “We may not get down all the time and hang with the same crowd but we respect each other and respect each others’ craft. Mr. Ghetto, he’s another situation.”

Likewise, she typically doesn’t mind when flat-assed white hipster dudes get onstage to ape the movements of her very talented, booty-licious Diva dancers. “When I see a really nerdy white guy up on stage, it really makes me proud,” she said. “A Big Freedia party is for all walks of life.”

What are the Queen Diva’s New Year’s resolutions? She’ll be dropping new music (her last album came out in 2011), more collaborations and hopefully, season 2 of Queen of Bounce. “Just be looking for all the Freedia projects,” she told me. “I’m on the street, you’ll find me somewhere.”

*Ross is a “proud gay black man” but uses the female pronoun while discussing Big Freedia’s stage persona.

Snowball Winter Bash feat. Big Freedia, Neon Indian (DJ set), Glitoris

Doors at 6pm Sat, Dec 28
Maverick Plaza
418 La Villita

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