Big Freedia

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. "Sissy Bounce" is the informal name for a derivative of Bounce that has risen to prominence in recent years and features explicitly gay and cross-dressing musicians and themes. Big Freedia is at the forefront of this movement and has had several New Orleans hit singles such as "Gin in My System" and "Azz Everywhere!" from her albums "An Ha, Oh Yeah" (1999) and "Queen Diva" (2003). 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".

Nathanael Bluhm is a vocalist, DJ, VJ, songwriter, organizer, and producer. As a musician, his sounds have taken him across the US, from dive bars and basement parties to art spaces, concert venues, and nightclubs. His bands and DJ sets have shared the stage with many prominent acts, including Junior Boys, Neon Indian, Das Racist, JD Samson, and Chromeo. In 2011, Time Magazine named his band Mystery Roar one of the top 10 breakout artists at SXSW.

As an organizer, Bluhm has helped change the face of Boston’s alternative night life. Co-founding parties like Group Hug and the classic disco night, Foxy, he’s established a scene for Boston’s sophisticated and sweaty. Nathanael was honored to have been asked to DJ for Boston’s NoH8Campaign photo shoot, and ARTcetera for AIDS Action.

Additionally, he has crafted video art, participated in performance art pieces, and has modeled fashion for the Weekly Dig and the Improper Bostonian. He was named one of the sexiest Bostonians by Stuff Magazine.

Nathanael currently hosts and DJs Boston’s only urban music night for the LGBTQ community: Controversy. Controversy is one of the most original and bonkers parties Boston’s queer community has seen since… Foxy, Bluhm’s other flagship night. Controversy boasts incredible queens, and twerk and vogue contests with a live MC. The music is a mix of Hip-Hop, R&B, Ballroom, Caribbean, & Latin, serving Boston’s diverse queer communities of color and their allies.

$16 advance / $18 day of show


The Sinclair is general admission standing room only.
Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.

add to your calendar

Who’s Going

Upcoming Events
The Sinclair


Big Freedia with Nate Bluhm

Thursday, October 31 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Sinclair