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Monday, July 23, 2012

Big Freedia at the Firebird, 7/21/12: Review and Photos

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Still salient is the point made about the creation of a safe space: Big Freedia is in fact big. She's well over six foot, solidly built and has a commanding personality to match. And she's pretty serious about encouraging dancing at these shows. Anyone making the sort of advance that might cause someone to feel uncomfortable and therefore stop getting freaky risks incurring Freedia's wrath, and I'm guessing she isn't tested too often.

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There are challenges facing bounce as it grows, namely its almost exclusively prurient lyrics ("Pussy Train!") and clipped, jackhammer construction (the name of the game is repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition). The chorus of "Ass Everywhere," one of Freedia's hits, is, "Ass everywhere ass everywhere a-a-a-ass everywhere ass everywhere ass everywhere a-a-a-a-asss everywhere."

So the labels didn't know what to do with it and the radio stations can't play it. But you don't really need either of those things anymore, and video clips of reckless dancing do just fine on the Internet. Standard and convention have no sway there.

But if bounce music is going to have its heyday, it won't owe its success to Facebook shares and YouTube likes. It's going to be because most of those people who went to the Firebird are going to bring two of their friends the next time Freedia comes to town.

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: I went as a tourist and left as a fan.

By the Way: Shout out to hometown DJ Drace, who manned the decks with skill and energy and proved equal to the considerable challenge of keeping the place breathing before Freedia hit the stage.

Setlist: Seriously? Seriously?!? She played the old hits like "Rock Around the Clock" and the newer ones like "Excuse." It really couldn't matter less.

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