Big Freedia is an accomplished “Bounce” Rapper who lives in New Orleans and performs six or more times a week in various venues throughout the city. Bounce is an original urban music rising up from the intimate and fun-loving nature of the housing projects which dominate the city’s street culture. Freedia began her musical career almost 15 years ago at the Walter L. Cohen High School in New Orleans, where she was enlisted as choir director from her Sophomore to Senior years. She sees her performance as a Bounce artist as an extension of this work, often interacting in a call and response/teacher and student, fashion with her audiences. She recently developed a musical about her life entitled “Catch That Beat” with producer Lucky Johnson. The sold out first run of “Catch That Beat” featured cameo appearances by a who’s who of New Orleans Bounce artists alongside the story of Freedia’s upbringing in New Orleans 3rd Ward. She performs in various venues (often decorated by her own event production business) and has recently begun traveling outside the city with the encouragement and support of the New Orleans Airlift. Big Freedia has always acted as mentor for many younger artists, is currently recording her third record and recently returned from a stellar 6 show run in New York City, performing sold out shows with Spank Rock, Ninjasonik and many others at venues such as Santos Party House, Glasslands, and Sway. This year Freedia will be returning to South By Southwest, performing at multiple events including a retrospective Bounce Showcase and a historic second performance at Gay Bi Gay Gay after a short tour of the west coast with New Orleans collaborators Galactic, whom she performed with on the critically-acclaimed 2010 album “Ya-Ka-May”.
Tell your folks: DON’T TALK TO THE COPS! DtttC’s deadly dance punks djblesOne andemecks cut loose, deep and wide with razor sharp moves and pointed pop sensibilities. Their sound is informed by pop, electro, punk, soul and hip-hop, with songs that are crazy catchy and melodic—hard to pin down, but very easy to dance to. On stage the group blend chaos and choreography—jumping, flashing, bugging out—whipping the audience into a grinning, dancing frenzy. djblesOne is an accomplished dj/producer whose influential productions and DJ mixes have helped shaped the last decade of b-boy culture. His partner in crime, emecks, clocks in at only half his height but her larger than life style and pro dance moves bring outsized attitude to this dynamic duo. Their combined dance vision is abetted by hype man El Mizell, providing backup vocals and pops of energy to an already tight live setup. Since unleashing their first album in March 2010, DON’T TALK TO THE COPS! have been all over the map. Notable performances include the Capitol Hill Block Party, Doe Bay Fest, Reverb Festival and City Arts Festival, along with house shows, fashion parties, mainstages and other festival appearances. The group’s second album, Let’s Quit, came out last April, and they have been releasing a series of free singles throughout the fall. They plan to make love to your ears, eyes, and feet this year, so get ready.