Entries tagged with: Big Freedia
Queen of bounce Big Freedia is going on what she's calling "Big Freedia Presents: Bounce Shakedown Tour 2015" this fall. It kicks off in Raleigh in early October and ends in Denver the next month. Hibou and Boyfriend will support.
The tour hits NYC on October 30 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on Citi cardmember presale now. Live Nation/Ticketmaster/VIP presales start Wednesday (9/9) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starts Friday (9/11) at 10 AM.
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce Season 4 premieres on September 30 on Fuse, and Freedia will release a new single called "Crazy" on 9/18.
All tour dates are listed, with a video, below...
The lineup for Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival was already pretty great, and now it got even better. Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr., Kelela, Jessie Boykins III, SZA, Candiria and more were added to the festival, which already included Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat and more.
This year also marks the first Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, hosted by Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ, proceeds from which will go toward the Afropunk Global Initiative. The party goes down August 21 at Commodore Barry Park, just ahead of the festival, which happens August 22-23 in the same park. Tickets for the ball are on sale now, and festival passes are still available.
Afropunk also continues to branch out. They did an Afropunk Paris festival this past May, and will do so again in June 2016, and they're also putting on the inaugural Afropunk Atlanta on October 3 & 4 in the city's Central Park. The lineup for that includes D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Tyler the Creator, Public Enemy and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/8).
Speaking of Death Grips, they play NYC twice this week (supposedly, at least).
Full Afropunk Atlanta lineup and updated Brooklyn lineup, below...
Festival Supreme, the music/comedy fest put on by 2015 Best Metal Album Grammy winners Tenacious D, will return for its third year this fall, happening at Los Angeles' Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds on October 10. The lineup is pretty supreme indeed, including Kids in the Hall, Rocket from the Crypt, the original cast of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, The Darkness, Die Antwoord, Jenny Slate, Amy Poehler, Super Dave Osborne, Neil Hamburger, Dan Deacon, Andrew WK and lots more.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday (6/11) at noon PDT, with a Festival Supreme website presale beginning Tuesday (6/9) at 10 AM PDT (password: SUPREME). Full 2015 Festival Supreme lineup is listed below...
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Late last year, A$AP Ferg returned with the new mixtape Ferg Forever, a nice tide-over while we wait for the followup to his excellent Trap Lord. In the past week, he's dropped videos for two of that mixtape's tracks. The first was for "Doe-Active," directed by Spike Jordan and featuring a cameo from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the second was for "Dope Walk," directed by Matt Starr and featuring appearances by Kanye West, Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Haim, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Watch both below.
In related news, this Sunday (3/1) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy will play a
free show presented by DXC/Dunkxchange. At the show, you can buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. There will also be performances by GRZLXMODE and GI Dara, and music by DJ Mpure and DJ Rob Cast. Unlike most BKNB shows this one is ticketed ($15 advance, $20 at the door) and the flyer is below.
Ferg also has shows coming up, mostly in Australia and New Zealand, but also a couple US festivals including Pitchfork. All dates are listed below.
A$AP Rocky's also on board for US festival BUKU Music + Art Project happening in New Orleans on March 13 & 14 with Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98, Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Hudson Mohawke, iLoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Raury, Big Freedia and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale.
New Orleans Jazz Fest, which has much more than just jazz, returns this year for two weeks, April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. The lineup includes Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Pitbull (??), T.I., Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Dr. John (interpreting Louis Armstrong), Third World, Taj Mahal Trio, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Freedia, Galactic ft. Macy Gray, Anders Osborne, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sturgill Simpson, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and more. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (1/13).
Full lineup below...
Big Freedia at Central Park in September (more by Chris La Putt)
Bounce queen Big Freedia just brought her tour to NYC for a Glasslands show this past weekend (10/4), and she's since expanded it into late November including a return to NYC. She'll be back for a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday November 21 and Saturday November 22, both of which are late shows starting around midnight. No opener for night 1 yet but Quickie Mart will be on night 2. Tickets for both go on sale Thursday (10/9) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
"Chromeo turning Central Park into a dance party rn" - @chelawhita
"Saw @chromeo last night in Central Park. One of the most fun nights I've had in so long! Danced my bum off" - @jaglever
Chromeo / Big Freedia @ Central Park Summerstage 9/12/2014
It was a long wait for Chromeo, but after an agonizing 30 minutes, white lights poured out from the stage in every direction, and with seemingly no transitional moment at all, Dave 1's guitar wailed from between the LEDs. Without warning, the concert was in full swing.Canadian dance-duo Chromeo brought their groove party tour to Central Park Summerstage with some help from New Orleans bounce music pioneer and twerkaholic Big Freedia on Friday (9/12), part of the tour. Playing tracks from this year's White Women and favorites like "Needy Girl," "Bonafide Lovin'" and "Sexy Socialite," plus a stunning light show, the duo certainly got the crowd moving. Pics from the show are in this post.
Dave 1 and P-Thugg are, if you'll excuse the phrase, groove-machines. DJ set or fully live, the two produce a sound that bounces across the stage, through the crowd, and right back to them again, forever fueling a cycle of funky, self-sustaining energy. [Village Voice]
Chromeo recently earned a spot as a short-list nominee for this year's Polaris Prize competition alongside stiff competition from the likes of Arcade Fire, Drake, Mac Demarco and more. The set on Saturday was one of their last of the summer, only hitting Austin City Limits in October before getting off the road for a bit.
Opener Big Freedia, whose Fuse reality series just got picked up for two more seasons, gave a shout out from the Central Park stage to fellow bounce artist Nicky Da B who died earlier this month. NYC will more of Big Freedia on October 4 at Glasslands with Friendly Ghost and a DJ set from Le Chev. Tickets are on sale. In other news, look for Big Freedia's memoirs to be published in 2015.
All Big Freedia tour dates, plus more pics from the Summerstage show, below...
Deer Tick / Haim / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
The best performance of the day, however, came courtesy of Haim. This increasingly popular pop-rock trio, which sold out two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco in April, was absolutely dynamite onstage, roaring through tunes from the 2013 debut "Days Are Gone." The three sisters -- Alana, Danielle and Este Haim -- exhibited far more musical muscle in the live arena than they have in the studio to date. Danielle Haim, in particular, was a marvel to behold, delivering some of the most passionate, mesmerizing guitar work of the festival. [San Jose Mercury News]Day 2 of Outside Lands in Golden Gate park featured plenty of heavyweights. There were sets from Tom Petty, Death Cab for Cutie, Haim, Local Natives, Deer Tick, Dum Dum Girls and many more. We've got pics from many of the awesome Saturday sets in this post. You can check out pics of Day 1 here.
Big Freedia & Valerie June in the Soundwave Tent
We were also set up in the Toyota Soundwave tent, where we invited a few artists to stop by for stripped down sets, Q&As and more, including Big Freedia, Valerie June (both pictured above), The Districts, Deer Tick and others. More pictures from the Soundwave tent, plus many more of day 2's regular sets, below...
Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below....
Chromeo, whose new album White Women is out now (stream it via Rdio), have added a lot more tour dates since the last time we posted. Most of it is on the summer festival circuit, and they've also added another NYC show, playing Central Park Summerstage on September 12 with Big Freedia. Tickets for that show go on Tickemaster presale today (6/11) at 11 AM and AmEx presale today at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (6/13) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the video for "Jealous (I Ain't With It)," below...
The annual Bumbershoot Festival returns in 2014 to Seattle's Seattle Center from August 30 to September 1. The lineup was just announced and includes The Replacements, Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello, Schoolboy Q, Afghan Whigs, The Dismemberment Plan, Nada Surf, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, Jonathan Richman, Mission of Burma, The Dream Syndicate and many more. Full lineup below.
Tickets, including 3-day passes, any-day passes, and single-day passes, are on sale now. Check out the full day-by-day lineup, with the announcement video, below...
Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning this year for two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4, at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The lineup was just announced and it includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Eric Clapton, Public Enemy, Big Freedia, Charles Bradley, Solange, Laura Mvula, Phish, Santana, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Bobby Womack, Allen Toussaint, Bombino and many more. Tickets for both weekends are on sale now. Full lineup below.
This announcement comes the same day as the lineup announcements for NYC's Governors Ball, Georgia's Counterpoint, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Fest, and Alabama's Hangout Fest (and not long after Firefly and Coachella announcements).
Full lineup below...
TPOBPAH at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been relatively quiet lately, but it's looking like that's about to change. Frontman Kip Berman has been instagramming guitar pedals lately, which hopefully means they're back in the studio, and Pains have also announced what will be their first hometown show in a while, happening on March 28 at Rough Trade NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon.
The band's only other currently announced date is New Orleans festival BUKU Music + Art Project, which happens from March 21-22 and also includes The Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Baauer b2b RL Grime, Danny Brown, Phantogram, Skream, Wavves, Big Freedia, Thundercat, Cashmere Cat, Blood Diamonds and more. Tickets for that festival are on sale now.
TPOBPAH recently released a belated video for "Belong" off their 2011 LP of the same name, which you can watch below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Anna Von Hausswolff at Glasslands in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Luscious Jackson, All Night Chemists, ADW Young @ Webster Hall
Funky '90s band -- and Beastie Boys pals -- Luscious Jackson are back in action with a new album, their first in 14 years. Expect Clinton-era classics like "Naked Eye" too.
Real Estate, Bare Mutants, Free Time, Turnip King @ Baby's All Right
Get a taste of Real Estate's new album tonight at this newish, smallish Williamsburg club. It's actually a great bill all-around, with Chicago's Bare Mutants (featuring members of Ponys and The 1900s), plus Australian ex-pats Free Time and locals Turnip King.
Cyndi Lauper, P!NK, Nelly Furtado, The Hives, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt & Kim, Big Freedia & more @ Beacon Theater
It's Cyndi Lauper's 'Home for the Holidays' show and since girls just wanna have fun, she's invited a huge variety of friends to join her including some pop stars, the always-energetic Hives, and the also always-energetic (but in a much different way) Big Freedia, plus Matt & Kim and many more.
Au Revoir Simone, Spires, Splashh, Grooms @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This weekend's Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are curated by Kanine Records, who offer up a good bill tonight, with sythpop trio Au Revoir Simone, paisley janglers Spires, UK act Splashh (in shrunken form) and noisemakers Grooms.
Chuck Strangers, Fresh Daily (Beat Haus) @ Converse Rubber Tracks
Joey Bada$$ isn't the only talented member of the Pro Era crew. Chuck Strangers is a key member of the group too and you can catch him on his own at Converse Rubber Tracks tonight.
Ballroom, The Soupcans, The Estrogen Highs, Chat Logs, Melk Belly @ Death By Audio
Toronto's The Soupcans make speedy post-hardcore filled with all the anger, sarcasm, and weirdness you need. They're in NYC for two shows this weekend, both of which should get pretty intense. This is the second.
The Deer Tracks, Ice Choir, Late Guest at the Party @ Glasslands
Swedish electronic duo The Deer Tracks headline tonight's show, but we also like Ice Choir -- aka Pains drummer Kurt Feldman's band that owes most of its sound to Scritti Politti.
Rock Lottery @ Knitting Factory
Members of Quicksand, Afghan Whigs, DIIV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dresden Dolls, Antibalas, Sannhet and more will be formed into new bands this morning where they'll then spend the day writing original material to perform tonight. All proceeds are for charity and is always a lot of fun.
Machinedrum (Vapor City Live), Om Unit, Nick Hook, Body Language (DJ set), Angelica Bess @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Machinedrum is one half of Sepalcure, and also an excellent artist on his own. Tonight he celebrates his new Vapor City album with a very solid list of openers joining him.
Las Rosas, Grand Resort, Slowdance @ Radio Bushwick
Here's a good trio of bands, and a good reason to check out this new Bushwick music venue.
Revenge, Mausoleum, Engorge, Mutilation Rites @ Saint Vitus
Canadian war metal band Revenge descends upon NYC for a two-night stand at Saint Vitus this weekend. Local black metal band Mutilation Rites kick things off, and they're great too.
Moistboyz (feat. Dickie & Mickie Moist/Dean Ween), Gibby Haynes (DJ) @ Stage 48
Ween is done, but Dean Ween is continuing to provide weirdo rock with his band Moistboyz. And speaking of weirdo rock, Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers is DJing, and something tells me if anyone is sure to turn a DJ set into something much more memorable, it's Gibby Haynes.
Spacehog, Sponge, Lionize, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Glam rockers Spacehog and grunge rockers Sponge on the same bill -- is this 1997?
Lupe Fiasco @ The Wellmont Theatre
Lupe Fiasco plans to release his new album Tetsuo and Youth in early 2014 (so, in non-rap speak, basically whenever), but until then he'll be doing some shows, including four nights in the NYC-area this month. This is the first.
Anna von Hausswolff, Noveller @ The Mercury Lounge
Master of the church organ, AvH will bring her cathedral vibes -- and otherworldly voice -- to Mercury Lounge, her second NYC show this weekend with Noveller.
Goblin, Zombi @ Starland Ballroom
Italian prog legends Goblin finally went on their first North American tour earlier this year, but they've got more dates before the year ends, including tonight's NJ show and tomorrow's NYC show, both of which are with experimental duo Zombi.
Champagne Jerry w/ Ad-Rock @ Joe's Pub
Rapper/performance artist Champagne Jerry has ties to other Joe's Pub regulars like Bridget Everett and Carmine Covelli, and he'll playing one show a month there during the rollout process of his upcoming album. Tonight's show is also special because Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, who appears on CJ's recent single, will be in the house.
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular @ The Capitol Theatre
Via LaserSpectular.com: "After 25 years of touring,Paramount's LaserSpectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd, as you have never seen it before. Surrounded by 50,000 watts of concert quality sound, Pink Floyd's musical legacy continues as the band's concept music captures the imagination and carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects. Colorful lasers and lighting effects parallel the sonic journey as the senses are confronted with an array of glowing visual displays choreographed to the soundtrack during the 2-hour-and-20-minute show."
Deidre & The Dark @ The Gutter
Diedra just played MHOW last night with her band Savoir Adore, and tonight her solo project plays the back room at The Gutter.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
photos by Chris La Putt
"This show big freedia .... What the fuhhh" - Tanjeet
"Wait why do all the kids know how to twerk Lmao #bigfreedia" - LOW.KEY
"Wtf is this Big Freedia show...blank stares" - Venisha Patterson
"I still cant belive big freedia a girl . She smokeing on sum ." - shamar
"Who tf is Big Freedia??" - Mr. Ohio State
Now a record holder and more famous than ever thanks to a show on Fuse, Big Freedia returned to Brooklyn Bowl this weekend for shows on both Friday AND Saturday night and they called it "Freedia Fest". Spank Rock, who headlined the opening night of Brooklyn Night Bazaar earlier in the night, joined the Queen Diva on Friday. Saturday's ass shaking party is pictured in this post. More twerking below...
photos by Wei Shi
Big Freedia & her twerkers in Herald Square - 9/25/13
Yesterday (9/25), bounce queen Big Freedia set out to break the world twerking record for most people twerking simultaneously, and as you may have heard, she broke it. The whole thing went down in the early afternoon at NYC's Herald Square, where Freedia was joined by hundreds of people who came to help her succeed. According to Guinness officials, she had 358 people twerking at the same time for two minutes straight (she needed 250 to break the record). Pictures of the azz everywhere are in this post.
As you may have heard, today in Herald Square, Fuse helped Big Freedia set out to break the World Record for Most People Simultaneously Twerking and needed at least 250 participants to do so. She broke the record with Guinness officials on hand counting 358 people shaking their booty for two minutes straight -- including at least one septuagenarian.
We'll have more pictures from the record-breaking/shaking event soon (UPDATE: Here they are), but there are a few videos via instagram, plus the rules for breaking the record, below.
Big Freedia at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Bounce queen Big Freedia will bring her tour to NYC for shows on November 1 and 2 at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets), but as discussed, she'll also be in NYC today (9/25) for a very different reason. Freedia attempts to break the world twerking record for most people twerking simultaneously at Herald Square (34th St @ 6th Ave) from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. If you want to be part of it it's not too late. More info here.
Big Freedia @ Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
She was going too far. She's trying to twerk, but don't know how to twerk. It's become offensive to a lot of people who've been twerking and shaking their asses for years, especially in the black culture. But it's also helpful because it's putting twerking on the map around the world. I've been transforming twerking for the last three years around the world and for her to just come out of the blue and just start twerking, a lot of people are very offended by it, especially in New Orleans. When something get hot, everybody want to jump on the bandwagon and act like they created it. That's totally understandable but they have to give credit where credit is due.Miley Cyrus may have put "twerking" into the public lexicon but New Orleans' bounce queen Big Fredia remains the master and authority. To remind everyone of this -- and to maybe also let people know about the new FUSE reality series Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce -- she'll be attempting to break the group twerking record next week in NYC. This goes down on Wednesday (9/25) at noon in Herald Square (34th St @ 6th Ave) where she'll conduct what she hopes is the largest twerking session to ever take place. Want to be a part of it? More information is here.
You may remember that Diplo was set to do the exact same thing at Electric Zoo but the final day (when it was to have happened) got canceled. Big Freedia was here last month for Afro-Punk Fest. Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce will air on FUSE Wednesdays at 11 PM Eastern beginning October 2. Watch a trailer for the series below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Chuck D / Death / Danny Brown
Emboldened by a raise in profile from the recent documentary, A Band Called Death, they were more of a classic rock beast. Extended rum solos, odd time changes. They were strong, and the mix was overwhelmingly crunchy. There were even times, like when performing their 1975 song "You're a Prisoner" , when it struck me that you could shift the emphasis slightly, swap out the guitar tones for something more expensive and add some gross 30-piece drum set, and they might be playing a Metallica song! Or at least what Metallica songs I remember from being 12 were like. "You can't run! You can't hide! YOU'RE! LOCKED! INSIDE! (riff riff riff riff riff). I mean, right? [L Mag]While the VMAs were happening in a different park of Brooklyn, the two-day, free annual Afro-Punk Festival wrapped up in Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park on Sunday (8/25). The second day gave us sets from legendary punks Death, Chuck D & DJ Lord (performing Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet), Danny Brown, Questlove, Trash Talk, Big Freedia, K-Os, Living Colour, The Coup, and more.
Pictures of the second day are in this post, and there's even more at Facebook and Google+. Plus, there's more of Trash Talk HERE and Big Freedia HERE. If you haven't checked out our day 1 pictures yet, those are up too.
Danny Brown, whose new album OLD comes out on 9/30, can be seen for free in NYC again at Williamsburg Park on Labor Day (9/2) for Fool's Gold Day Off, which also includes Run the Jewels, Migos, A$AP Ferg, World's Fair, and more (RSVP).
More Afro-Punk day 2 pictures below...