An eight-piece brass ensemble, The Soul Rebels performed at Memorial Hall last Friday with special guest Big Freedia to open up the Fall 2022 Carolina Performing Arts season.
Playing “Greatness” from their most recent album, "Poetry in Motion," the act captivated the audience with powerful horns and inspiring lyrics.
“We’re destined for greatness / Nobody ever thought we would make it,” The Soul Rebels sang.
Attendees sang and danced throughout the concert as the band played their renditions of hits like Ms. Lauryn Hill's “Doo-Wop (That Thing),” Beyoncé's “Party” featuring André 3000 and Chance the Rapper's “No Problem” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz alongside their original pieces.
Like a jazz jam session, band members would split off and present their individual talents, then reunite with the group without missing a beat.
Pausing their set, the band prepared the crowd before welcoming a New Orleans-born, bounce music legend to the stage.
Big Freedia, also known as Big Freedia Queen Diva, joined The Soul Rebels to perform a selection of songs. Accompanied by two backup dancers, she strutted across the stage while delivering an energetic performance.
“I got that gin in my system,” she sang, prompting the crowd response, “Somebody gon’ be my victim!”
Big Freedia and her dancers twerked, a dance move synonymous with bounce music, and earned resounding applause before their departure.