Big Freedia headlines The Pinhook’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

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There may be a reason why The Pinhook already seems like a Durham institution… Can you believe it has been five years?? From humble beginnings to a place where Toro y Moi make a stop to play a secret unanounced show, how our friends at The Pinhook have grown.

Why it seems like just yesterday people would sneak in the unsupervised back door. Heck, it could hardly be more than a year, that they have had a presence out back, right? But all those time frames are likely wrong… And five years have flown by.

Tonight, New Orleans, Bounce Queen sensation, Big Freedia brings her act to The Pinhook to help them throw down for their 5th anniversary. One of the first Sissy Bounce artists, Big Freedia, is a mentor to the movement, acknowledged by many of its stars including Katey Red, whom the Clarion Content interviewed last month.

Big Freedia has recently broken through on the small screen as well, with the launch of her Fuse TV Reality Show, “Queen of Bounce.”

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She also garnered headlines for setting a new Guinness Book of World Records’ record for twerking.

Big Freedia is hard at work on that 3rd album and preparing to tour with New Orleans sensations, Galactic.

Hopes are high that they will be playing Durham, and that not long after we will be able to see Freedia’s “Catch that Beat” musical.

Tonight catch Big Freedia, with Clarion Content faves, DJ Queen Plz and DJ Play Play at The Pinhook, $12, doors 8pm, show 9pm.

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Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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