Big Freedia • Low Cut Connie
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Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music. A vibrant twist on hip-hop, Bounce music is characterized by call-and-response lyrics over rapid-fire beats and booty-shaking.
After running the New Orleans club scene for over two decades, Big Freedia is now bringing the Bounce movement to a world-wide stage with her hit reality show, Big Freedia Bounces Back on Fuse. The weekly docu-series, now in its sixth season, follows the life of a gay choirboy turned Bounce rapper and remains the highest rated original series on the network.
In 2015, Freedia collaborated with Beyonce on the Grammy-nominated single, “Formation.” A collaboration with pop-vocalist Sia for “Eye of the Needle” was released in 2015 as part of the Adult Swim Series and Big Freedia’s single “I Heard” was released in February. Freedia’s first LP, “Just Be Free” was named one of the ‘best electronic releases of 2014’ by Rolling Stone and was critically acclaimed in outlets such as Pitchfork.com, SPIN.COM, USA Today, and consequenceofsound.com.
Big Freedia maintains a rigorous tour schedule which features her legendary shake team and Bounce dance moves like “the twerk” (popularized by Miley Cyrus in 2013), “the shake” “the wiggle,” “the bend ova,” the “hands on the ground,” to name just a few. She and her shake team are a festival favorite, often known to steal the show at Outside Lands, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Bumbershoot.
In 2015, Big Freedia penned her first memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! on Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. The book was hailed in the press by outlets from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork to Out and Bust.
In 2012, Big Freedia made her television network debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She has also appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly, Watch What Happens Live, NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR’s Marketplace, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and The Real. Her TV show received the GLAAD Media Award in 2014 and was nominated again for the award again in 2015.
Big Freedia’s sophomore album will be released in 2017.
Low Cut Connie
Since Low Cut Connie's debut record Get Out the Lotion (NPR’s Fresh Air Top 10 albums of 2011), they’ve firmly established their reputation as one of the most eXciting live shows in the US, with Greg Kot (Sound Opinions / Chicago Tribune) eXclaiming they are “the essence of what rock n roll should be” and the New York Times stating “The group’s live show is a strange phenomenon.”
Adam Weiner's $100 junker piano, named Shondra, is the backbone of their boogie strain of rock n roll. Recently adding longtime Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings member Saundra Williams, the result is what Rolling Stone describes as "a miX of Seventies Stones (but dirtier), the New York Dolls (but tighter) and Jerry Lee Lewis (but Westerberg-ier)...with an eXtra sense of bare-knuckled grit and sonic thwump.”
On their 5th studio album Dirty Pictures (Part 2), released via Contender Records, the band urges all current and former youths: Feel your feelings. Feel sadness, feel love, feel wildness. Give your feelings away to others and maybe it will lift us up. It’s this musical and emotional literacy that sets the band apart, with their world-weary but life-affirming attitude that inspires their cult following and notable cheerleaders such as Barack Obama, Sir Elton John, Howard Stern.
Rolling Stone recently included Dirty Pictures (Part 2) on their list of the 50 Best Albums of 2018 so far. In his four-star review, David Fricke called the record "a stand-alone triumph of missionary zeal." In a First Listen feature, NPR Music said, "Across five albums of piano-driven rock and soul, Low Cut Connie has proven masterfully fluent in the foundational languages of Western pop, living at the crossroads where the church house meets the roadhouse, or where the Dew Drop Inn meets CBGB... The blood that pumps through the Philadelphia band's work comes from a place that's fresh, original, and truly pledged to rock and roll."
With more than 120 shows per year, including stops at festivals like Bonnaroo, Bottle Rock, Rock The Garden, Pickathon, Newport Folk Festival and more, this little act from Philly continues to dig in their corner of the sandboX. Low Cut Connie light a fire at every show and with every record. Dirty Pictures (part 2) reminds all of us, all the little people, to keep our fires lit at any cost.
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