Big Freedia - The Constellation Room - July 24, 2013
Question: In the history of this blog, how many writers can say they got the headlining act to leave the venue, walk into the parking lot and get into a 1960 Ford Starliner on Cragars to take photographs?
Answer: One. Me.
The event in question happened with Big Freedia last night at The Constellation Room.
All week my friend Gabe had been telling me how he wanted Big Freedia (aka the Queen Diva, the Dick Eater, the Late Night Creeper -- ya besta buhleeva!) to take pictures in his car. I told him it wasn't happening. He showed up in the afternoon and was denied. At this point, I figured he'd drop it. He didn't.
After her set, the New Orleans bounce rapper was kind enough to take pictures with anyone who wanted one (you KNOW we made that shit happen). After our photo opportunity, we decided to leave, but not before Gabe had a brilliant idea.
"I should ask Freedia to take pictures in the lowrider," he said as we walked through the parking lot.
I agreed. So did the two girls we were with.
The three of us stayed at the car and talked about how amazing it would be if Gabe could pull it off. Of anyone I've ever known, Gabe is the only person who could do something like this.
Hope, Sarah and I stood around the car for about three minutes. Then, Sarah, as if she had seen a ghost, said, "Oh my God. He's with Freedia!"
I looked up and through the empty Observatory parking lot was my friend was walking with the Queen Diva.
Honestly, the rest was a blur. All I know is I sat in the backseat while Freedia was behind the wheel. The whole time, I was thinking, "Holy fucking shit. How close am I to her? A foot? Six inches? Four inches?"
Gabe asked Freedia about her car, to which I think she said she drives a 350Z drop-top. But I could be wrong. Shit was hectic and God knows I wasn't exactly taking notes, so please don't quote me on that.
I asked when she was playing in New Orleans so we could go see her. Totally lame question and I beat myself for asking as the words came out of my mouth. She said she had a show on Sunday and was going straight from the airport to the club. That's dedication. That's the Queen Diva.
Freedia kept complimenting the ride, which, to Gabe's credit, is awesome. Then Gabe said how good Freedia looked behind the wheel before commenting that the Diva "always looks good."
Keep in mind, people -- Gabe and I are 100 percent straight.