Big Freedia with Tank and the Bangas in Richmond, Va.

Recorded on October 16th, 2016

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Tank and The Bangas opened for Big Freedia at Strange Matter tonight. Their two singers won a lot of hearts in a short time with their deft balance of quiet, pretty songs and wild-eyed, rapid-fire rap. Their band was on top of it, too. Tight and full of joy.

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Big Freedia, 6’3” with a red checkered flannel shirt and long blonde hair, sounded like she was singing over a volcano that was waiting to erupt. Or maybe she was the volcano. Totally commanding presence from the very first second she went on. Eager volunteers were happy to be part of the stage show, bouncing next to the Queen Diva from New Orleans. This was the best show I’ve seen this year.

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