Hurray for the Riff Raff
Born to Puerto Rican parents, raised in the Bronx, and now a resident of New Orleans, Alynda Lee Segarra fronts Hurray for the Riff Raff, a five-piece band that is equal parts jangly blues and goth-tinged Americana, with Segarra’s warm alto voice at the center. The group visits Duke Performances with an evening of music drawing from their breakthrough record Small Town Heroes, released on ATO Records in 2014.
Since that release, Hurray for the Riff Raff have benefited from an increased profile, including features on NPR and in The New York Times, as well as appearances in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and on the Newport Folk Festival’s main stage. Gramophone exclaims, “Hurray for the Riff Raff's junkyard folk is stubborn, melancholy, and beautifully played. They are the perfect soundtrack to your Southern gothic romance, a junebug serenade, a two-step bramble-bush waltz.”