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Big Freedia at the Biltmore Cabaret

Big Freedia at the Biltmore Cabaret

Big Freedia at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Nov 20 2013. Zoë Christmas photo.

Review – Big Freedia at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Nov. 20 2013

– by Zoë Christmas

On Wednesday night, New Orleans bounce legend Big Freedia ripped up Vancouvers Biltmore Cabaret. For the past few months, Freedia has been simultaneously touring across North America while promoting her reality TV show Queen of Bounce. While the first season has come to an end, its clear that Freedia is just getting started with her to goal to push New Orleans bounce into the mainstream.

Backed by Vancouvers own Blondtron (who has evidently DJd for Freedia before), Freedia hit the stage just after 11 p.m. with four backup dancers. Starting off with Na Who Mad!? Freedia and her dancers worked up the crowd with their hypnotizing, ass-shaking moves. (By the middle of the show, Freedia had literally twerked her belt off!)

Big Freedia at the Biltmore Cabaret

Blondtron warms up the crowd at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Nov. 20. Zoë Christmas photo.

While bounce music can easily be hypersexualized, it was clear that Freedia and her dancers wanted to capture genuine NOLA bounce. In our interview last month, Freedia expressed that she doesnt consider bounce music sexual rather, its based around fun, happiness and having a good time. This vibe definitely translated to the Vancouver crowd there was a lot of audience participation, and non-stop movement in the form of twerking, wobbling, hand-standing, booty-clapping, whatever both onstage and in the audience. Some favourites included Yall Get Back Now, Duffy and Excuse. The show ended with Peanut Butter RuPauls bounce hit with Big Freedia.

Read Zoë’s interview with Big Freedia

Freedia has been on a journey with bounce for over a decade, but only recently has the music and accompanying dance craze started to spread. As the genre’s spokesperson, Freedia shouldnt have too hard of a time pushing it internationally, especially if she keeps up the level of performance we saw Wednesday night. Lets hope Freedia keeps the tours and festivals happening, and continues to bring some much-need New Orleans culture to wherever she goes.

Big Freedia at the Biltmore Cabaret

Big Freedia at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Nov. 20 2013. Zoë Christmas photo.

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