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Big Freedia bounces onto the music scene (Created March 20, 2013)
Media outlets have thrown around labels like 'Gender-Bender' and 'Gay Rapper,' but what you need to know about Big Freedia (pronounced "FREE-da") begins in bars, night clubs and the multitude of venues where an infectious energy and the presence of the artist go hand-in-hand. Her performance is the rhythm, and the result a sexually charged response that gets a crowd moving in a way you probably never thought possible.
So who is Big Freedia and what is Bounce music, exactly? Neither of these queries is easy to answer, until you see this combination in person. Freedia, the stage name of Freddie Ross, burst onto the scene in the cultural cornucopia that is New Orleans, bringing with her a variant of hip-hop music that entices women of all shapes and sizes to fold their body in half and bounce their hips as fast as humanely possible. In a word – bounce.
The spotlight found Freedia in 1999 as she started her career performing in clubs and venues all over the 'Big Easy.' Mainstream exposure quickly followed, thanks in part to songs like "An Ha, Oh Yeah," "Rock Around the Clock" and "Gin 'N My System." She released her first studio album, "Queen Diva," in 2003, and became a symbol and representative of gays and lesbians all over the world. Since then she has been a mainstay of the bounce scene, often performing with Katey Red and Sissy Nobby.
Big Freedia has appeared on HBO's "Treme," a drama following residents of New Orleans as they try to rebuild after Katrina. Her performance at SXSW in 2012 also drew rave reviews, and there's no doubt she'll be bouncing into a club near you in the very near future!
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Big Freedia Bounces on 'Just Be Free' Tour
Queen Diva Big Freedia has just wrapped up the second season of her show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, but she’s getting started on a tour that’s sure to bring the bounce to your city. The “Just Be Free” tour (named after Big Freedia’s debut album) kicks off with a set on August 9 at…Read more
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Big Freedia Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 04/16/2015 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 04/01/2015 Bristol Bst Thekla 03/30/2015 London Oslo Hackney 03/29/2015 Amsterdam Nhl Paradiso 03/13/2015 New Orleans LA Mardi Gras World 03/13/2015 New Orleans LA Mardi Gras World 03/06/2015 Shreveport LA Bear's On Fairfield 01/02/2015 Sydney Nsw Oxford Art Factory
Big Freedia Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/30/2014 Brunswick Howler 12/18/2014 Miami FL Bardot 11/22/2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 11/21/2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 11/14/2014 Dallas TX Granada Theater 10/31/2014 New Orleans LA New Orleans City Park 10/25/2014 San Diego CA The Casbah 10/24/2014 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 10/23/2014 San Francisco CA Mezzanine 10/20/2014 Portland OR Star Theater 10/19/2014 Vancouver BC The Cobalt 10/18/2014 Vancouver BC The Cobalt 10/17/2014 Seattle WA Neumos 10/14/2014 Denver CO Bluebird Theater 10/11/2014 Minneapolis MN Triple Rock Social Club 10/10/2014 Chicago IL V Live 10/09/2014 Ferndale MI The Loving Touch 10/08/2014 Toronto ON The Hoxton 10/07/2014 Montreal QC Il Motore 10/05/2014 Boston MA Royale Boston 10/03/2014 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle 10/02/2014 Washington DC Howard Theatre 10/01/2014 Durham NC The Pinhook 09/29/2014 Atlanta GA Terminal West 09/28/2014 Birmingham AL The Bottletree Cafe 09/27/2014 Shreveport LA Bear's On Fairfield 09/25/2014 New Orleans LA Tipitinas 09/21/2014 West Hollywood CA Sunset Strip Music Festival 09/12/2014 New York NY Rumsey Playfield - Summerstage - Central Park 09/12/2014 Austin TX Pine Street Station 08/30/2014 Seattle WA Seattle Center 08/30/2014 Seattle WA Seattle Center 08/28/2014 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 08/08/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 07/31/2014 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 06/26/2014 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 06/12/2014 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 06/05/2014 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 06/04/2014 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 05/23/2014 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/22/2014 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 05/09/2014 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 05/08/2014 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 04/10/2014 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 03/21/2014 New Orleans LA Mardi Gras World 02/27/2014 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 01/30/2014 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans
Big Freedia Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/31/2013 Houston TX Sam Houston Park 12/29/2013 Austin TX Mohawk 12/26/2013 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 11/25/2013 Kansas City MO The Riot Room 11/24/2013 Lincoln NE Bourbon Theatre 11/23/2013 Denver CO Bluebird Theater 11/22/2013 Denver CO Beauty Bar Denver 11/22/2013 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge 11/20/2013 Vancouver BC Biltmore Cabaret 11/19/2013 Seattle WA Neumos 11/18/2013 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 11/15/2013 San Francisco CA The Independent 11/14/2013 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 11/13/2013 San Diego CA The Casbah 11/12/2013 Tucson AZ Club Congress 11/09/2013 Dallas TX Club Dada 11/08/2013 Austin TX Auditorium Shores 11/06/2013 Atlanta GA The Earl 11/05/2013 Durham NC The Pinhook 11/04/2013 Washington DC Howard Theatre 11/03/2013 Philadelphia PA Underground Arts 11/02/2013 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 11/01/2013 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 10/31/2013 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 10/29/2013 South Burlington VT Higher Ground 10/25/2013 Columbus OH A and R Music Bar 10/24/2013 Saint Louis MO The Firebird 10/18/2013 Baton Rouge LA Varsity Theatre 09/29/2013 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 07/27/2013 Seattle WA Capitol Hill (Block Party) 07/26/2013 Berkeley CA Greek Theatre - Berkeley 07/26/2013 Seattle WA Capitol Hill (Block Party) 07/24/2013 Santa Ana CA Constellation Room 07/23/2013 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 07/21/2013 San Diego CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 07/20/2013 Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Bowl 07/19/2013 Portland OR Wonder Ballroom 07/18/2013 Seattle WA Key Arena 07/17/2013 Portland OR Moda Center at the Rose Quarter 07/16/2013 Vancouver BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre 07/11/2013 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 06/30/2013 San Francisco CA Public Works 06/06/2013 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 05/23/2013 New York NY Santos Party House 05/09/2013 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 04/19/2013 Jacksonville FL Jack Rabbits 02/10/2013 San Diego CA The Casbah 02/09/2013 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 02/06/2013 Portland OR Wonder Ballroom 02/05/2013 Seattle WA Neumos 02/02/2013 Saint Paul MN Turf Club 02/01/2013 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 01/31/2013 Pontiac MI Crofoot Ballroom 01/30/2013 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop 01/29/2013 Toronto ON Lees Palace 01/26/2013 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 01/25/2013 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 01/23/2013 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel 01/21/2013 Atlanta GA The Earl 01/20/2013 Tampa FL The Orpheum
Big Freedia Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/31/2012 Dallas TX Club Dada 12/29/2012 Austin TX Mohawk 12/28/2012 Houston TX Fitzgerald's 12/23/2012 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 12/06/2012 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 11/24/2012 Oakland CA Oakland Metro Operahouse 11/23/2012 New Orleans LA House of Blues New Orleans 11/01/2012 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 10/18/2012 Melbourne Vic Hi-Fi 10/17/2012 Collingwood Vic The Tote 10/14/2012 Madison WI Majestic Theatre 10/06/2012 Austin TX Mohawk 10/05/2012 Mobile AL Soul Kitchen 09/28/2012 Durham NC Motorco Music Hall 09/20/2012 Aspen CO Belly Up Aspen 09/19/2012 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge 09/15/2012 Vancouver BC Rickshaw Theatre 09/14/2012 Calgary AB HiFi Club Calgary 09/09/2012 Arcata CA Kate Buchanan Room 09/08/2012 Portland OR Branx 09/07/2012 Oakland CA The New Parish 09/03/2012 Reno NV Grand Sierra Resort and Casino 09/01/2012 Denton TX North Texas State Fairgrounds 08/31/2012 Philadelphia PA Silk City 08/24/2012 Atlanta GA Terminal West 08/17/2012 Santa Monica CA Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club 07/27/2012 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 07/22/2012 Kansas City MO The Riot Room 07/14/2012 Bloomington IN The Bishop 07/12/2012 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 07/03/2012 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 06/29/2012 Buffalo NY Soundlab 06/14/2012 San Francisco CA Public Works 06/10/2012 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/07/2012 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans 06/07/2012 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/02/2012 Houston TX Eleanor Tinsley Park 05/11/2012 Saint Paul MN Turf Club 04/26/2012 Pittsburgh PA The Rex Theater 04/20/2012 Tucson AZ Club Congress 04/06/2012 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall