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[live review] Big Freedia @ Brighton Music Hall


It was worth the wait — BIG FREEDIA, New Orleans’s sissy-bounce queen (she identifies as female, y’all), rocking those butts at Brighton Music Hall in a Boston debut on Memorial Day. Freedia (pronounced Freda), doesn’t rap exactly — she exhorts, she coaches, she commands. Her hooks are rapid-fire repetitions of her titles: “AZZeverywhere! AZZeverywhere! AZZeverywhere!” And a lot of incantation that sounds like “wackawackwackawacka,” or — more to the point “wobblewobblewobblewobblewobble.”

That’s what happens when you reach for the wall, a chair, the floor, or your ankles and get those buttocks rotating at high speed over the syncopated bounce beats. Freedia had a three dancers on hand (two female and one plus-size male with a kewpie doll mohawk) and soon filled the stage with audience members, leading impromptu battles that mimicked everyone’s favorite accelerated kama sutra moves: doggy, wheelbarrow, and the deal where you hold your partner upside down by the waist with his/her legs over your shoulders and crotch in your face.

There was a brief respite in the 40 minute set while Freedia thanked the small but enthusiastic Boston audience, recited a brief dirty rhyme about stealing your boyfriend, and dedicated one to her mama in New Orleans, who’s been ill but has recently rallied. From “big-dick daddy” to “God is good — always.” That about summed it up.

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