Big Freedia is all about that azz, and the diva is bring her Azz Across America tour coast to coast this fall © Victoria Holt 2012

“This is the first national bounce tour ever,” (pronounced “Freeda”) declared at on Tuesday night. Outside the South, the native is the best known “sissy” bounce artist, referring to the overtly queer themes of her raps. The genre is characterized by intense bass beats, repetitive percussion elements, and catchy phrases sung at high volume. The video for “Y’all Get Back ” features a giant Freedia stomping through the Big Easy throwing beats at people and dancing in the streets. She’s a powerhouse , commanding a prophet-like fascination from the crowd. At the first note of the beat, before she even took the stage, the crowd went buck wild. Dancing to bounce consists of a variety of forms of “twerkin’,” where the dancer bends their knees and shakes their booty as much as humanly possible. This can include fully bending over one’s head between one’s knees, or laying flat on the ground and moving only the hips and buttocks. Freedia’s two “Diva” dancers flanked her, churning out “twerks”, and a male dancer wore a shirt that read, “Stay. Positive. Bro. .”

Freedia’s beats incorporated recognizable hooks from artists as , , and Destiny’s Child, but she made edits here and there. During “ ” by Destiny’s Child, when the lyrics usually say, “Girl, I didn’t know you could get down like that,” Freedia’s version challenged, “Bitch I didn’t know you could hate like that.” The words grew even more outrageous, as Freedia proudly sang, “I’m a dick eater, eat a lot of meat.” Some of her lyrical choices are overwhelming, but from a dancing perspective, Freedia brings the party. She pulled people up on stage to shake it, and even asked, “Where the boys at?” prompting a slew of young to climb up. One group was so zealous on stage that they accidentally pushed Freedia into the crowd. “ THAT is a first! you crazy!” she laughed while regaining composure. This is the power of : no matter who you are, she’ll unleash your crazy, sexy side.

Opening the night were Seattle locals and Don’t Talk to the Cops. The former spun records with an 80’s and 90’s feel, upbeat and conducive to bounce style dancing. Don’t Talk to the Cops are a DJ and two MCs, namely Larry Mizell (local and Stranger personality), , and . Mizell recently returned from a tour with , and the crowd was eager to have them back. When blesOne said, “clap along Seattle,” everyone started their own rhythm before the beat had even started. The MCs indulge the crowd with synchronized dances, incessant beats, and catchy raps. “Guess I’m Strange” is a proud banger for the weird-kid hip hop so quintessential to Seattle’s scene, and “Laos” asks listeners to respect ’ South-Asian culture. These Seattle partiers got everyone pumped up for the debauchery and mayhem that is Big Freedia, and all went home happy and thoroughly worn out.

Originally from San Francisco, CA, Victoria lives in Seattle, WA, and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Seattle University. Her passion is making live music look as great as it sounds. She is the sole Seattle contributor for Live Music Blog, and her work has been featured in Seattle Music Insider, The Stranger, and Seattle Weekly. Her 2012 BFA thesis, "Seattle DIY: Live Music," has been displayed at various venues in the Seattle area. For a behind the scenes look at music, she shoots in-studio performances at local radio station KEXP.