Big Freedia Brings Her Signature Style of NOLA Dance Hip-Hop to Houston

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Mitchell Nguyen
Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, got hundreds of Houstonians on their feet and dancing at Jones Plaza on July 7. She performed along with the N.O. Hustlers Band and DJ Jack Frost. All photos by Mitchell Nguyen.

There’s nothing in this world quite like a Big Freedia show, and no one quite like Big Freedia. For almost two decades, the bold, brassy bounce queen has brought her signature style of New Orleans dance hip-hop to the world. Freedia’s songs are fast and frenetic, loaded with beats that make the whole crowd bump and shake; her performances are hot, sexy and, most important, liberated. There’s no judgment at a Big Freedia show. It doesn’t matter how your body is shaped, how your skin is colored or whether or not the clothes you’re wearing match the gender you were assigned at birth. Big Freedia creates a safe space for all of her fans to have a fun, free, booty-shaking good time. — Katie Sullivan