Big Freedia, queen diva of bounce music, shaking up the Majestic this Sunday
Post by Emily Mills on 10/10/2012 4:30pm
Call it bounce, call it sissy bounce, call it one of the most ridiculously frenetic and fun genres of hip hop to come up from the streets in years - just be prepared to dance when the queen diva of the genre rolls into town this Sunday.
Big Freedia (pronounced FREE-da) has carved out a space as the undisputed leader of the bounce scene, a subgenre that grew up in the humid underground bars and clubs of New Orleans and has spent the last several years invading venues across the country.
And it's not just about the music - the dancing that goes along with it is half (maybe more) the fun and, at least according to her music videos, brings people of all genders, gender expressions, races, etc. together onto the floor as one mass of gyrating party.
A somewhat incredulous/awe-filled article in the New York Times from 2010 sums up the style of dance that goes hand-in-hand with bounce music in this straight-forward manner:
The crowd — just about evenly divided between men and women — instantly segregated itself: the men were propelled as if by a centrifuge toward the room’s perimeters, and the dance floor, a platform raised just a step off the ground, was taken over entirely by women surrounding Freedia. The women did not dance with, or for, one another — they danced for Freedia, and they did so in the most sexualized way imaginable, usually with their backs to her, bent over sharply at the waist, and bouncing their hips up and down as fast as humanly possible, if not slightly faster. Others assumed more of a push-up position, with their hands on the floor, in a signature dance whose name is sometimes helpfully shortened to “p-popping.”
The question, then, is whether or not Midwestern Madison is ready to dive headlong into the booty-popping, queer rapping insanity that is a Big Freedia show.
Test your mettle at the show on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Majestic Theatre. Doors at 7 p.m. and the awesome starts at 8 p.m., with openers Peach Pies Caburlesque and Mr. Horror - tickets are just $15. The workout is free.
Emily Mills is Editor-At-Large for Dane101, as well as Editor of Our Lives Magazine. She is also a freelance writer, photographer, actor, and musician (drummer and singer in local band Little Red Wolf). Originally from several states up and down the Midwest Emily has called Madison home since 2000. Contact her at