Hygienic Art is presenting Newport Folk Festival artist Hurray for the Riff Raff on Saturday, August 3 at the Hygienic Art Park, located at 79 Bank Street in New London, Connecticut. Special guests include Jim & Jake Carpenter and Frank Fairfield. Gates are at 7pm, the event is all ages, and the suggested donation is $8. Hurray for the Riff Raff will also be performing on Friday, August 2 at Cafe Nine in New Haven. For more information on the Friday show, visit cafenine.com.
Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda lee Segarra, a 25-year-old Puerto Rican from the Bronx. After leaving home at an early age to travel the country, she eventually settled in New Orleans, which is where she began to perform and record with a revolving cast of musicians. She released two records (2008’s It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You and 2010’s Young Blood Blues), mostly consisting of delicate folk and country songs. In 2011, the UK record label Loose Music (Felice Brothers, Dawes, Deer Tick), released Hurray for the Riff Raff, an album that collected the best songs from those records. The Times of London named Hurray for the Riff Raff one of the Top Ten Albums of 2011. Phil Alexander, the Editor-in-Chief of MOJO magazine, raved that the project has “ immense potential and seductive power” and named them second best band at South by Southwest in 2011.
“Sounds like something The Band would’ve had playing on a Victrola while making Music From Big Pink in Woodstock”
Back in the States, Alynda and her longtime gunslinger on fiddle, Yosi Perlstein, met up with a young honky-tonk band called the Tumbleweeds, just as Alynda began to expand her musical palette to include rock, pop, and soul. In the tradition of Bob Dylan, The Band, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Alynda and Yosi recruited the Tumbleweeds to be their touring band, drastically altering the sound of Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Look Out Mama is the result of almost two years of Alynda and the Tumbleweeds criss-crossing the United States, playing over 100 shows in small bars and clubs. Recorded in Nashville by producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes), Look Out Mama is an exploration of classic American music as interpreted by Alynda lee Segarra. From the swamp pop of “Little Black Star” to the classic country of “Look Out Mama” to the psychedelia of “Ode to John and Yoko” and even the surf rock of “Lake of Fire,” Look Out Mama covers a wide array of musical ground, with every song unified by Alynda’s soulful vocals and expert songwriting.
VIDEO: Hurray For The Riff Raff performs “Look Out Mama” live in Waverly, AL,
during Standard Deluxe’s Waverly Boogie.
Details for the performance at Hygienic Art Park and additional Hygienic Art programming can be found at hygienic.org.