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LIVE MUSIC: Hurray For The Riff Raff at The Surf Lodge
Saturday, August 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pmFREE
It had been a successful, if tumultuous, ride for Alynda Segarra, whoÕs been spreading a new kind of roots-conscious folk music across the country from her adopted hometown of New Orleans. But as far as the Bronx native had come with her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, there was still a missing link to her story. ÒThe more I toured, ending up in the middle of nowhere bars from Texas to Tennessee,Ó said Segarra, ÒI just started feeling more and more like, I donÕt belong here, I gotta get back to my people, you know?Ó After many years in New Orleans, Segarra found herself getting antsy. Hurray for the Riff Raff had four albums under its belt, with the last one, Small Town Heroes, featuring ÒThe Body Electric,Ó a song that NPRÕs Ann Powers called ÒThe Political Song of the YearÓ in 2014. Yet even though her musical career had begun by running away from home at 17, busking for survival and honing her craft through dreams of Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Memphis Minnie, and Woody Guthrie, Segarra realized she is a Puerto Rican kid from the Bronx with a different story to tell.