• Big Freedia


Show: Big Freedia “For more than two decades now New Orleans has had its own indigenous strain of stripped-down, partycentric hip-hop, loosely analogous to Baltimore club or Miami bass. Bounce, like those styles, is simple, bass-driven, and relentless; it relies heavily on a tiny handful of songs for its samples and breakbeats, and the rapping is usually more call-and-response than narrative,” writes Peter Margasak. “But 12 years ago bounce headed down a path of its own when a drag queen named Katey Red took the mike at an underground club, unwittingly launching a phenomenon that’s become the face of the genre to the rest of the country. In sissy bounce, as it’s usually called (the artists don’t tend to use the term or consider their music a separate subgenre), openly gay and transgendered MCs hold court in front of all kinds of crowds without facing the kind of homophobia that’s so widely tolerated in hip-hop. Big Freedia (pronounced “Freeda”), one of the biggest stars of the style, is six foot two, gay, and identifies as female despite looking, sounding, and dressing like a man (albeit a rather fabulous one with a shock of colorfully dyed hair).” This show is the official Margaret Cho afterparty and part of the Decibelle Music & Culture Festival. From 5 till 6 PM Black Noise Productions (500 W. Cermak, suite 405) will host a dance workshop taught by one of Big Freedia’s dancers, Miss Altercation; admission is a $5-$20 suggested donation.

10 PM, Subterranean, subt.net, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 866-468-3401, $12, $10 in advance.

Dinner: Lokal “At this slick Wicker Park restaurant and lounge, the menu features potato pierogi, golabki, borscht, kielbasa, and a few items you probably wouldn’t recognize if you didn’t grow up with a babcia cooking for you. It just happens to be radically different Polish food from the heavy, homey—but let’s face it, bland—traditional stuff,” writes Mike Sula.

1904 W. North Ave., 773-904-8113, lokalchicago.com