A more prominent hip-hop presence (notably absent from this year's SoundSession festival) bookends Foo Fest 2012. North Kingstown crew MILKBREAD (1:30 pm) lays down the principles of jazz while incorporating contemporary elements of rap and R&B, bringing "emotionally moving, theoretically complex, and thought-provoking music to the masses." AS220's Youth Studio is the home to the rap and performance troupe known as ZUKREWE (3:30 pm), making a return Foo appearance. Look up the ZuKrewe full-length Enter the Zu and prepare to be thoroughly entertained. Soulful singer and rhyme lyricist SYMMETRY also returns to the Foo stage (10:30 pm), followed by top-shelf South Coast-via-PVD duo DIRTYDURDIE (11:30 pm). Gremlyn and Dirty Ice are natural-born entertainers. Their recent string of mixtapes are must-cop keepers (available at dirtydurdie.com); look up "Steamed Veggies" from Rhymanese Diner for a taste of the trademark neck-bobbers these two create. Grem checked in via email: "AS220 was one of the first stages that allowed us to perform in Rhode Island, so this is truly an honor and privilege to be incorporated into such an epic event."
Ladies, dig up your finest pair of booty-accentuating shorts because there's a good chance Ms. Freedia will beckon that backside to the stage when she and her crew take over the midnight hour. This New Orleans-based "bounce" style is new to a Golden Era rap fossil like me; after watching videos for Big Freedia power cuts "Y'all Get Back Now" and "Azz Everywhere," I can only imagine the rump-shaking shenanigans set to pop off. The beats and rhythms are full-blown manic, reinforced with woofer-mauling bass grooves. Rolling Stone commended her standout set at this year's SXSW festival. Cue up Big Freedia Hitz Vol. 1 and get that butt good and ready. Shake that ass or die tryin'!
AS220 presents Foo Fest 2012 | Saturday, August 11 @ 1 pm | AS220, 95 Empire St, Providence | $7 (free under 4) | 401.831.9327 | facebook.com/Foo.Fest
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