Big. Black. Gay. Loud. New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia presided over a sweaty mess of dancing kids for about 30 minutes late last night at Coco 66 in Greenpoint. I haven’t experienced that sort of frenetic energy in a club since catching a late-night Girl Talk set a few years back in Austin, TX. After a swift high energy set by New York’s House of Ladosha, DJ Rusty Lazer got the crowd going, his stage jammed with dancers before he cleared a path for Freedia. By the time Freedia busted out her signature tune, “Azz Everywhere,” the stage was again filled with folks dancing wildly (see related Flickr photos by eatsdirt).
Last month’s high profile NY Times magazine piece drew attention to the so-called ‘sissy bounce’ scene in New Orleans that’s driven by a openly gay performers like Big Freedia and her predecessor, Katey Red.
“Ain’t no such thing as ‘sissy bounce,’ ” Red told the Times. “It’s bounce music. It’s just sissies that are doing it. I was gone for two years after Katrina — a month in Chattanooga and then 23 months in Dallas. I performed there. They loved me there. They didn’t know the songs, people in New Orleans know the songs, but it don’t matter, people in Dallas still like to shake they ass. Everybody like to shake they ass.”
By the end, folks who had crammed into the small room for the set were dripping with sweat and the windows and mirrors were completely steamed up.
Photo: Big Freedia on stage last night.
photo by eugene hernandez