8th Annual Nolafunk During Jazz Fest Series
Big Freedia with Boyfriend + Khris Royal All Backed by Dark Matter
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 accelerated booty-shaking.
After running the New Orleans club scene for over two decades, Big Freedia is now bringing the Bounce movement world-wide with her hit reality show, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” on FuseTV. Currently filming its fifth season, the weekly docu-series—which follows the turbulent career but triumphant life of Big Freedia and her cast of characters—remains the highest rated original series on the network. More, the show was honored with a GLAAD Media Award in 2014 and was nominated for the award in 2015.
In 2014, Big Freedia released her much-anticipated debut LP, Just Be Free. Named one of the ‘best electronic releases of 2014’ by Rolling Stone, the album was also praised in outlets such as Pitchfork, SPIN, and USA Today.
Then in 2015, Big Freedia penned her first memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster). The book is hailed in the press by outlets from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork to OUT and BUST.
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.
Big Freedia has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “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.”
A collaboration with pop-vocalist Sia for “Eye of the Needle” was released this summer as part of the Adult Swim Series and her new single “Crazy” was released in September. Her second album will be released in June of 2016.
Her over-the-top live show along with her messages of female empowerment and inclusivity
have helped to develop a dedicated fan base... a fan base of hair-curler adorned hes, shes and
theys... a fan base of lingerie-wearing straights, gays and undecideds... a fan base of
enlightened youth as well as the old and wise. BOYFRIEND is not to be slept on.
2017 festival appearances include: Jazz Fest, San Francisco Pride, Outside Lands - where
Rolling Stone listed her set as one of the 5 Best Things That Happened at Outside Lands- and
Bonnaroo where she performed in the revered SuperJam alongside Preservation Hall Jazz
Band, Chance the Rapper & Jon Batiste. Her performance was named a Top 10 Moment of The
Festival by Consequence of Sound and she was mentioned in Bob Lefsetz' letter as Bonnaroo's