The Short Version: Absolutely-A-1-all-in-all.
We knew in advance there would be complications—black sissy rappers performing at a white hipster venue is certain to elicit some goofy crowd shenanigans, but we hoped the show itself would make it all worthwhile, and we were right on both counts:
- The show started late, and in the interim, we saw enough Ironic Booty Shaking (IBS) to last us a lifetime.
- But it did eventually start. Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby rapped in duo—very energetic, very charismatic. Big Freedia in particular was a powerhouse on the stage, daintily dabbing the sweat from her forehead (it looked hot up there) as she rat-a-tatted through rapid-fire lyrics, then passed it off to Nobby to loop through his dizzying lyrical acrobatics.* Katey Red joined them for a song, looking svelte and elegant, as she rapped about decidedly inelegant activities. (I assume she came back later, but in deference to our—very tolerant—baby-sitter, we finally left at one-whatever.) Thoroughly engaging, thoroughly entertaining, a straight-up hoot. (Or is that a "not-so-straight"-up hoot?)
Not a bad way to spend Valentine's evening with your sweetheart.
* I'm a little unsure of my pronouns, here. If I err, forgive me.