Chattanooga, Are You Ready? It's BACK!
The Levitt AMP CHA Music Series returns for a second year to invigorate the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in the historic Martin Luther King district, once again shining a light on the area’s renowned musical heritage and building upon the momentum of the past year to solidify its position as a thriving cultural destination.
On Thursday, September 6, we welcome Big Freedia to Chattanooga! Celebrated rapper and ambassador of the high-energy, New Orleans-based bounce movement, Big Freedia—the ‘Queen of Bounce’—is a dual force of jubilance and resilience, bringing hip-hop with a vibrant twist, teeming with danceable rapid-fire beats, bold call-and-responses and a healthy dose of empowerment for concertgoers of all ages, backgrounds and genders. After getting her start singing in the choir of her childhood Baptist church, Big Freedia began her onstage performance career around 1999 as a backup dancer and singer for fellow LGBTQ ambassador of bounce music, Katey Red. Big Freedia’s dynamic performances immediately attracted an avid fan base, inspiring her to pursue a solo career. Her vibrant danceable music seamlessly glides between poignant, hard truths and jubilant call-and-responses that inspire concertgoers of all walks of life to confidently embrace their inner dancer, ‘releasing their wiggle.’ As a musician, published author and host of Fuse’s hit docu-series Big Freedia Bounces Back, she empowers her fans to believe in themselves, follow their dreams and stand firm in who they are. Fully aware of the power of music to build acceptance and awareness of social issues, following the devastation of hurricane Katrina in 2005, she was on the forefront of the town’s cultural recovery. As described by New Orleans-based music Alison Fenterstock in The New York Times, “Freedia was one of the first artists to come back after the storm and start working, and she worked really, really hard. If you lived here, it became impossible not to know who [she] was.” That work ethic has paid off and Big Freedia’s star has only continued to rise, earning her fans and critical acclaim across the globe with her signature brand of bounce music that’s guaranteed to get your body grooving.
Admission is FREE!
Food and beverage vendors on site.
Family-friendly. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
For more information, visit: http://concerts.levittamp.org/chattanooga.