Note: despite what the poster says, the Bounce workshop is at 8.
Next on Wesleying’s concert series, Eclectic prepares to ignite:
Big Freedia, the Queen Diva of New Orleans Sissy Bounce Music, is bringing her ass-shaking party music to Wesleyan on Thursday, February 9th. At 8 o’clock in the Eclectic Ballroom, Big Freedia will give a workshop on the sacred tradition of bounce music and give hands-on instruction on how to bump to this (directed by Josh Ente ’08).
When that’s over, go home and get fancy, because at 10 the party starts. Opening DJ sets will be provided by Sankofa (Luke Turner-Owens ’12) and Kilbourne (Jason Kilbourne ’14).
Bounce Music is an original urban music rising up from the challenging yet fun-loving nature of the New Orleans housing projects which dominate the city’s street culture, and Freedia performs a derivative of Bounce reserved for self-proclaimed “Sissies” (a locally used name for biological men with varied and ambiguous sexual identities) that has risen to prominence in recent years and features explicitly gay and cross-dressing musicians and themes.
Big Freedia, like other “Sissy” artists, has achieved mainstream success with several New Orleans hit singles such as “Gin in My System” and “Azz Everywhere!” from her albums “An Ha, Oh Yeah” (1999) and “Queen Diva” (2003). Freedia began her musical career almost 15 years ago at the Walter L. Cohen High School in New Orleans, where she was enlisted as choir director from her Sophomore to Senior years. She sees her performance as a Bounce artist as an extension of this work, often interacting in a call and response/teacher and student fashion with her audiences. You may have seen her alongside (or onstage with) artists such as Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, Monique, The Rapture, 7 Seconds, Snoop Dogg and many more.
Date: Thursday, February 9
Time: 8:00 PM Ass-shakin’ class, 10:00 PM Showtime
Place: Eclectic Ballroom