ArtsRiot400 Pine St Burlington VT 05401Doors 8:00 pmShow 8:30 pmAll Ages
$15.00 - Advance
$15.00 - Doors
New Orleans, Louisiana-based group Hurray for the Riff Raff is coming to Signal kitchen to share music from their latest release, Small Town Heroes. Hurray for the Riff Raff is an idea begot by singer-songwriter and banjo player Alynda Lee Segarra, who sought to create a music collective centered on the idea of the underdogs of the world – the independents, those cast aside by popular culture…the riff raff. Her sound is a paradoxical blend of the familiar and the modern. On the surface, the group appears to be a traditional folk and Americana band, making use of customary instrumentation and musical arrangements. Below the surface, however, lies a well of creative emotion sprung from modern sensibilities and perceptive responses to 21st century culture. Hurray for the Riff Raff is no revival band, but rather a band insightful enough to find and explore whatever remnants and ruins are left of traditional culture and counter-culture alike in the United States.
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, but in many ways it's much more than that: it's a young woman leaving her indelible stamp on the American folk tradition. If you're listening to her new album, 'Small Town Heroes,' odds are you're part of the riff raff, and these songs are for you.
"A strange thing happens when you go to a Juan Wauters show - or at least it did when I saw the Uruguay-born Beets raconteur a few weeks ago in Brooklyn. House lights dip to black. A shady sillhouette files on stage, in front of a weird, handcrafted DIY backdrop. Grabbing his guitar, his face is lit only by a flickering horror film bulb taped to his microphone stand. It's all very Blair Witch - or would were it not for the man's disarming catalogue of scrappy, irresistably simple lo-fi charmers, played without interruption, one segueing straight into the next. A little bit Mac DeMarco, a little bit Daniel Johnston, with a feversome South American lilt, Wauters is a cult hero around his native Queens, which he takes us on a grainy VHS trip around in his new video for 'Goo'. The track's a highlight from his excellent, overlooked recent debut album 'North American Poetry', released earlier this year on Captured Tracks." - NME