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Big Freedia

By Stephanie Smittle

9 p.m. Rev Room. $20.

Big Freedia close-up in black and white
Big Freedia

There are, as I see it, exactly two things that should calm your nerves about the state of America in 2019. The first is the assemblage of moxy and brilliance in the biographies of the 20 high school seniors who made the roster of the Arkansas Times’ Academic All-Stars this year, profiled in our April magazine issue. The second is the fact that a queer black chorister from Louisiana’s Orleans Parish can grow up to be a bona fide It Girl of the creative scene, sowing frenetic revelry and sexual liberation through bounce music like a gender-fluid Johnny Appleseed. In the wake of Katrina’s destruction, Big Freedia became a de facto symbol of NOLA’s grit and verve, and her call-and-response anthems served as a soundtrack for a community hungry to reclaim its own sense of place. God save the Queen Diva, and God help anyone who misses this springtime bounce bacchanale.


May 19, 2019
2:00 am
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