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The crowd at the Howard Theatre last night was ready to be much more participatory for Big Freedia than it was when she played the Kennedy Center in 2013. All over the theater, audience members were practicing their twerks even before she hit the stage, so much so that you could feel the floor bounce along with the booties. When Freedia, the queen of the New Orleans style of music and dance called booty bounce, started her song “Azz Everywhere,” the audience piled onto the stage to show off those moves to the rest of the crowd with Freedia and her cadre of dancers.
Freedia took a moment out towards the end to play a video sequence in honor of her mother, Vera, who passed away from cancer in April, as yesterday would have been Vera’s 54th birthday. Known by many from her frequent appearances on Freedia’s FuseTV show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, Vera got a bittersweet but cheerful remembrance as the woman who Freedia said was her number one supporter and inspiration.
See photos from the show in the gallery.