Best of Free Press Summer Fest Day 1: Quintron, Big Freedia, Morris Day, Etc.


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Nathan Smith: The best thing I saw at Summer Fest on Saturday was the first thing I saw. I started my day of music under the geodesic tent on Stage 3 with Big Freedia, New Orleans bounce music's Queen Diva. The sun was dangerously hot, but that didn't stop Freedia and her dancers from bootin' it over and poppin' that shit for real. For the hyper-crunk tune "Azz Everywhere," the queen invited volunteers up onstage to waggle their behinds. Suddenly, the stage was packed with the quaking asses of fat dudes, skinny girls and everything in between. The crowd went off hard despite the intense heat, and Freedia's crew delivered the perfect over-the-top party-starter for a day crammed absurdly full of sound.


Brittanie Shey: Big Freedia for sure. I have wanted to see her for ages but kept missing her shows for some reason or another. At Summer Fest, she played on Stage 3, a kind of geodesic dome half covered with mesh panels, which works both to keep the sun out and to keep the crowd closely hemmed in on three sides of the stage. I can't decide what was better, watching Freedia's booty-clapping dancers with Azz Everywhere (and fucking awesome male break-dancer in a Superman shirt) or watching the faces of the bewildered and unsuspecting crowd members when Freedia did a call-and-response of "When I say 'dick', you say 'eater'!" I can't remember the last time I had that much fun at a concert.


William Michael Smith: Even with Snoop and Ms. Badu on the premises, the fun gig Saturday was Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat. The New Orleans party machine played in the hottest part of the day, and it only got hotter for the 300-400 who couldn't get enough of Quintron's crazy beats, crazy lyrics and over-the-top party-animal demeanor. Armed with a cordless mike, the keyboard whiz left the stage, crawled over the barrier and leaped into the audience for a wicked singalong: "Who's a bad motherfucker? I'm a bad motherfucker." With his unique mix of techno sounds (and low-techno equipment -- a beat-up Leslie and a Hammond that looked like it was in World War II), the shirtless Quintron delivered a rave-worthy wall of Southern sound as gooey as swamp mud.


Christina Lynn: Quintron and Miss Pussycat are kind of like the B-52's (quirkiness-wise) meet Gorillaz with a bit of a technological touch added just for flavor. One of the things that impressed me about them was not only their quirkiness but Quintron's use of technology -- more specifically, what they like to call the "drum buddy." He upped the ante a bit when he decided to use some sort of voice-box and, later, got into the audience, which was eating out of his hands. Also throughout their set, everyone was dancing, myself included. They were very entertaining and crazy-fun.


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Asede
Asede

Big Freedia owned summerfest. 

Guest
Guest

"At one point during the performance, singer Day asked a stagehand to bring him a mirror, and he fixed his hair onstage, right in front of the crowd."

You realize he's been doing this for the better part of 30 years, right?

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Alexa
Alexa

Again, *the Flaming Lips were amazing, as was Erykah Badu. I needed that in my life :)

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