Get that ‘Azz’ ready for Big Freedia’s Mohawk show this weekend

How much NOLA can you handle?

The mighty Soul Rebels, one of New Orleans’ finest brass bands, maintains a buzzing side business laying sound beds for rap’s lyrical heavyweights like Nas, Talib Kweli and Joey Bada$$. But on Saturday, it will be all about the booty as they bring Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia, to the Mohawk. 

For years, Big Freedia, and her boisterous style of NOLA hip-hop, have been a sleeper hit in Austin, appreciated for the booty-licious spectacle of her shows as much as the music itself. She travels with a team of dancers who perform astounding gluteal acrobatics. On numerous occasions, she’s taken time to teach the good (mostly white) people of Austin some of her dance team’s tricks.

Big Freedia invites audience members to dance on stage at Fader Fort during SXSW 2014. Tina Phan/American-Statesman

At the final Fun Fun Fun Fest booked by Graham Williams, in 2015, our fearless correspondent Eric Webb attended one of two packed twerking lessons. He described the sessions as “gleeful celebrations of that most quivering of dance implements, that wellspring from which all bounce blessings flow, the human butt.”

Read up on the booty bounce pro-tips Eric picked up here, and watch the video from a 2012 class Freedia taught at Beerland for more pointers.

Expect to see big bad brass and “Azz Everywhere” at the Mohawk on Saturday.

$20. 7 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com.

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