Free tickets to Big Freedia's Denver show at the Larimer Lounge - Reverb

Can’t Hardly Wait: Free tickets to Big Freedia, and a “Rock Around the Clock”

Big Freedia will play the Larimer Lounge on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the artist's Facebook.

Big Freedia will play the Larimer Lounge on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the artist's Facebook.

One of my favorite flights of the year is consistently the trip home from the South by Southwest Music Festival each March. You’re surrounded by people who, just like you, are near ruination: All that music, walking and booze. Your feet hate you almost as much as your liver, but more importantly, you’re still glowing from all that music.

The conversations are all, “What did you love” and “The best band you saw” and “Were you there when?” It’s called buzz, and sure enough, everybody — EVERYBODY — was talking up Big Freedia on that flight earlier this year. Big Freedia and his sissy bounce. The gay rapper from New Orleans and his flamboyant, fearless style. “He’s the man,” one guy told me while waiting to board.

I’d missed the bounce music star only by a few minutes at the festival. But everybody was talking about the energy of this new music — once called “sissy bounce” and now shortened to just “bounce.” Denver will get a taste of Freedia and his bounce on Wednesday when he plays the tiny Larimer Lounge, and it should be an absolute hoot (for those of you not going to the Gogos concert across town at the Ogden). Why? Because it’s bounce, baby!

We’re giving away some tickets to Freedia’s show, so try your luck with us and we’ll see what we can do.

Note: Here’s what a bounce show should look like. (Scroll down past the contest entry to hear a better recording of the same song, “Rock Around the Clock.”)

ENTER TO WIN BIG FREEDIA TICKETS FOR TOMORROW’S SHOW AT THE LARIMER LOUNGE:

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post.

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