Big Freedia

Big Freedia

Tank and The Bangas

Sat, October 15, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20.00

This event is 18 and over

Big Freedia
Big Freedia
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: Queen of Bounce" on Fuse TV. The weekly docu-series follows the life of a gay choirboy turned Bounce rapper and, after 3 seasons, remains the highest rated original series for the network, and after receiving the GLAAD Media Award in 2013, the show was nominated for the award again in 2014. Season 4 will debut on September 30, 2015.

Last year, Big Freedia released his much-anticipated debut LP, Just Be Free. Named one of the 'best electronic releases of 2014' by Rolling Stone, the album was critically acclaimed in outlets such as Pitchfork, SPIN, USA Today, and Consequence of Sound. Big Freedia maintains a rigorous tour schedule which features his 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. He and his shake team are a festival favorite, often known to steal the show at Outside Lands,Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Bumbershoot.

In 2012, Big Freedia made his television network debut on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" He has also appeared on "Last Call with Carson Daly," "Watch What Happens Live," NPR's 'All Things Considered,' NPR's 'Marketplace,' and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell." In 2015, Big Freedia penned his 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. A collaboration with pop-vocalist Sia for "Eye of the Needle" was released summer as part of the Adult Swim Series. His second EP, entitled Good Times, will be released the Fall.

For press inquiries, please contact Nicole Balin at Nik@ballinpr.com or 323-651-1580.
Tank and The Bangas
Tank and The Bangas
Tank and The Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans, centered at a shot gun house, Jerk Chicken Sam'iches and a drum set. Instantaneously this group knew that they had something that stirred crowds that cried out for original music from them. If you're from New Orleans, you know all the ingredients to make a good gumbo. Your seasonings have to mix well, your roux has to be thick, and your meat has to be cut to perfection. Tank and The Bangas are what you call a great gumbo! Originating in New Orleans, Tank and The Bangas have all the qualities that relates them, to the city that birth them but a flair that separates them as well. Their performances range from being "One of the most energetic shows you'll ever see" to "A gospel tent in Mississippi". Rummaging through their sound like a thrift store hippie, you'll find the Bangas to provoke a musical reference of Rhythmic Soul and Spoken word among other genres such as Rock, Gospel, Funk, and Folk. Combining the various musical technique among the Bangas, coupled with the instilling play on lyrics from the lead vocalist; Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans.

Group members include Tank/ Lead vocalist/Norman Spence on Bass/keyboard, Joshua Johnson/Drums, Merell Burkett/keys/ Nita Bailey/Percussion; and various other Bangas.
Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://strangematterrva.com/