When America was having a collective aneurism over Miley Cyrus grinding her miniscule rump against the striped crotch of debatably old and creepy (and definitely married) R&B semi-singer Robin Thicke, there was just one person whose opinion we should have been paying attention to. “She’s trying to twerk, but don’t know how to twerk,” New Orleans’ rightfully self-appointed “Queen of Twerking” Big Freedia told Fuse.TV in response to #TwerkGate2013. “It’s become offensive to a lot of people who’ve been twerking and shaking their asses for years, especially in the black culture.”
NOLA’s “bounce” scene has been percolating (twerk-olating?) with talent for more than a decade, producing artists like Big Freedia, whose shows are nothing short of sexually charged, sweat-soaked ragers where professional twerkers and first-timers alike brandish their buns as though it’s going out of style (which, hopefully, it isn’t). Not only that, but Freedia’s songs are actually plenty catchy as well, even if the music itself is something of an afterthought. But anyway, what else did Big Freedia have to say about Miley’s moves? “She didn’t have any butt control.” Ha!
Look above to see footage of Freedia and about 350 others setting the Guinness World Record for simultaneous twerking (have there really never officially been more than 350 people twerking at the same time in the same place?). Tonight's show at The End starts at 9 p.m., costs $15 and features support from local DJ Spice J. Tonight's other shows of note include Neko Case at Cannery Ballroom and The Wood Brothers and more at Music City Roots.