Hurray For The Riff Raff @ Revolution Hall | Roots-conscious Folk

From our sponsors:
Hurray For The Riff Raff
June 13, 2017
Doors p.m., Show p.m. | $21 ADV, $23 Doors | All Ages
Tickets: revolutionhall.com

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

It had been a successful, if tumultuous, ride for Alynda Segarra, who’s 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. “The more I toured, ending up in the middle of nowhere bars from Texas to Tennessee,” said Segarra, “I just started feeling more and more like, I don’t belong here, I gotta get back to my people, you know?”

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 “The Body Electric,” a song that NPR’s Ann Powers called “The Political Song of the Year” 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.

To find her way back home, Segarra became the willing vessel for a character she calls “The Navigator,” from which her new album takes its name. She describes The Navigator, a/k/a Navita Milagros Negrn, as “this girl who grows up in a city that’s like New York, who’s a street kid, like me when I was little, that has a special place in the history of her people.” Through The Navigator (ATO Records), the listener hears an ambitiously interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul that finally realized she needed to connect with and honor her ancestors.

Segarra quickly went to work with producer Paul Butler, whose work with British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka she deeply admired, to capture the cinematic, old but new quality she wanted. It also meant assembling a core group of percussionists like Kansas City-based Juan-Carlos Chaurand and Devendra Banhart’s drummer Gregory Rogove to play everything from Cuban to Puerto Rican to Brazilian backing beats. The result is an interconnected set of introspective songs, grounded in Segarra’s eclectic rustic root style, yet adorned by elements of son montuno, plena, and a kind of Mink De Ville retrodoowop rock.

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9 Responses to Hurray For The Riff Raff @ Revolution Hall | Roots-conscious Folk

  1. Haylee June 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

    I would be so excited to take these tickets! I love Hurray for the Riff Raff, and I just started learning drums so would love to see them in action.

  2. Christopher June 6, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    please clap

  3. Kristen F June 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    I have been following them for years and missed an opportunity to see them perform in New Orleans while I was visiting. This would be an amazing experience and I would love to see them at Rev Hall. Thanks!

  4. Krys Springer June 6, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

    This sounds like a great show!

  5. Amanda Switzer June 6, 2017 at 8:17 pm #

    Yes, please!

  6. Sara Smith June 7, 2017 at 1:56 am #

    I’m a long time fan of Hurray for the Riff Raff and have been plotting for ways to attend this show since I moved to Portland early this year. I love this music.

  7. Jennifer June 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

    This sounds like a great show. Please! Thank you!

  8. Amy June 7, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    THIS IS MY FAVORITE BAND -I see them every time they come this way. It warms my heart

  9. Amy June 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    Omg I love Hurray for the Riff Raff so much! I’ve never seen them before but Revolution Hall is my favorite venue! This would be awesome!

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