I’m not one to get easily shocked, especially when it comes to music. The only time I can remember being even close to offended was when Die Antwoord spit on photographers during a show, so when Big Freedia stepped out on stage with so much booty in our faces, I was caught off guard. Granted, I know Big Freedia meant twerking (in fact, a friend of mine from Brooklyn used to be one of the twerkers), but datum.
Besides the booty, Big Freedia brought the “bounce” to Bumbershoot that day. It was the perfect level of energy for the early afternoon. It might not be your cup of tea, but the crowd drank it all up, so to speak. Twerking wasn’t the only move happening up there – those dancers had skills. And I’ve got the photos to prove it.
Seattle doesn’t do “normal,” so Big Freedia’s brand of hip-hop was fast, loud, and refreshing. For any passersby heading to the Starbucks Mural Stage, it might have been too much, but Big Freedia certainly lives up to her name.