Savannah, get ready to bounce.
Big Freedia and Low Cut Connie come to Savannah this week for just the second stop on their “Azz Across America Tour.” Yes, you read that right.Get Savannah arts and culture news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our morning, afternoon and dining newsletters
Big Freedia has established herself as one of the most important performers of New Orleans bounce music, an especially vibrant, fun, funny, booty-shaking hip-hop.
Part of the New Orleans club scene for many years, Big Freedia’s star has been rising steadily during the past decade through her widely acclaimed live performances, a steady stream of great records, a 2016 collaboration with Beyoncé, appearances on major television talk shows and the Fuse reality series “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.”
Big Freedia holds the Guinness World Record for getting the most people twerking simultaneously and generally performs with her “shake team.” I kind of doubt that I will be twerking at her Savannah show, but I bought my ticket already.
Philadelphia-based Low Cut Connie, which wowed a crowd at Congress Street Social Club during the 2018 Savannah Stopover with their throwback rock and roll, will be opening for Big Freedia on the extensive American tour, which continues through Nov. 23.
Savannah is a notoriously walk-up town, with many attendees buying tickets at the door. I would not recommend waiting on this show. Given the growing followings for both Big Freedia and Low Cut Connie, this gig seems likely to sell out, even at a large venue like Victory North.
Advance general admission tickets, including fees, are about $26. The announced 11 p.m. start time is uncharacteristically late for Victory North, but perfect to capture some of the crowd who want to attend the first ever Savannah Pride Parade earlier in the evening.
And if you want to see this year’s predictably fabulous Bay Street Theatre production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” you probably ought to buy tickets ($20-25) in advance for that too.
The old show bar at Club One was near capacity for the Sunday night performance on the opening weekend, which portends high demand for the remaining four performances of Richard O’Brien’s 45-year-old musical.
Leather, fishnet stockings, audience callbacks, exuberant dancing, cartoonish sex and violence, UFOs – it’s the usual transgressive stuff for the 2019 iteration of “Rocky,” which is directed by David I.L. Poole of The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble. Musical director Brandon Kaufman leads a strong live quintet, and the show features several familiar faces from the Savannah scene.
Travis Harold Coles and Hannah Dodson are the hapless Brad and Janet, respectively, and Trey Norris is mean and seductive as the legendary Frank, who turns out to be no match for his nemeses, including Riff Raff (Eric Mims), Magenta (Cecilia Tran Arango) and Dr. Scott (JoJo Ward).
Christopher Stanley plays the straight-off-the-slab-in-the-lab Rocky, and Gwen Leahy is the ill-fated Columbia who hitches her star to Frank. An especially entertaining and sexy ensemble of singers and dancers occasionally threatens to steal the show.
Local writer Jessica Leigh Lebos played the neckless narrator for the opening weekend, but will pass the ascot to others for the rest of the run.
“The Rocky Horror Show” continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 to 27 and performances at 8 p.m. and midnight on Halloween.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.