Big Freedia has made major moves to take her status from cult icon to mainstream player. She's starred in her own reality show on Fuse for five seasons now, raking in GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Reality Program. Her memoir, God Save the Queen Diva!, was released last year to wide acclaim. And she's appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race and been sampled on Beyoncé's "Formation" single. But all this pales in comparison to the exuberant spectacle that is a live Freedia show — a chaotic mélange of sexual call-outs and ground-quaking bass, with Freedia acting as flamboyant maestro to the debaucherous booty-shakers flanking the stage. It's not a concert meant for a passive audience; those in the crowd not dancing with similar abandon are likely to feel out of place. It's best to get lost some- where between the repetition of Freedia's imperious chants, those thudding, relentless beats, and the Technicolor swirl of trance-inducing twerkers.
Though she's long been hailed the Queen of Bounce, in recent years New Orleans rapper