Live review: Big Freedia @ the Larimer LoungeBy Paul Custer | August 25th, 2011 | No Comments »
The formula is simple –- take any popular song, put a Miami bass beat behind it and you’ve got Big Freedia’s entire catalogue. “Rock Around The Clock?” Check. “Rock With You?” Ditto. This isn’t the kind of music that will impress music theorists. But, that’s not the point.
Big Freedia (a.k.a. The Queen Diva) and her “Shake Team” have one goal –- to incite a room full of strangers to lose their minds shakin’ their asses. And, as witnessed Wednesday night at the Larimer Lounge, this party ain’t about to stop.
Before the show even started there were about 30 people dying to bend over and dance. From the girls wearing shorts that accentuated their cheeks to guys in short skirts, the smell of sweat filled the air. Immediately after Big Freedia took the stage, Denver’s finest butts were called to action. Imagine a stage full of people facing away from you clapping their ass cheeks to staccato calls of “She wanna! He wanna! We wanna!” and you’re halfway there. Add to that the call and response lyrics to the smokin’ hot joints “Gin In My System” and “Azz Everywhere” and you’re getting warmer. Top it all off with a new form of moshing that involves getting mobbed by a wall of booties and you’ve got it. There was never a break in the action. The only downfall of the set was that the Larimer stage was a little too low to see every jiggle and shake.
Big Freedia and her form of New Orleans Bounce music aren’t meant to be studied; they’re meant to be witnessed. It’s a party that inspires people to move and, more importantly, learn how to move. Sure the songs all have the same beat, but it’s catchy as hell. It was a show the Larimer Lounge most definitely hasn’t hosted before and one that will easily be among this year’s highlights.
Paul Custer is a Denver-based writer and regular contributor to Reverb.
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