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Hurray For The Riff Raff For “Anybody Who Feels A Little Bit An Outsider”

Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, a 26-year old of Puerto Rican descent with marked influences from doo-wop and Motown to New Orleans soul to traditional country and folk. NPR has said that Hurray for the Riff Raff's music "sweeps across eras and genres with grace and grit," uniting audiences of all backgrounds with a common musical thread.

Join us for a Free At Noon Doubleheader with Hurray for the Riff Raff and The Districts at a live midday concert on Friday.

Alynda Lee Segarra, lead singer of the Louisiana-based band Hurray for the Riff Raff, has got a story tell and is letting the world know through the band’s newest album, Small Town Heroes. At the age of 17, Segarra hopped on a train to escape her life in New York City for a simpler one in New Orleans. Her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, reflects that same type of simpler sound. Since they formed in 2007, the band’s released one EP and six full-length albums. Small Town Heroes follows similar suit of the sound heard on the former albums, showcasing raw, bluesy Americana folk. The band will be leaving for a show in Massachusetts after their Free at Noon performance, but will return to Philly on April 8 at World Cafe Live. Tickets for that show can be purchased here.

Recent Release: Small Town Heroes
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Label: ATO Records

Philadelphia favorites The Districts have had an exciting couple of months. After signing with Fat Possum Records in November and producing a self-titled EP with the label, they’ve taken off, embarking on a nationwide tour with stops at SXSW and recently announcing a future appearance at this year’s Lollapalooza. But before then, their foot-stomping original sound is set to play at Friday’s double header, filling the room with their rock n’ roll blended with folk sound. The band plays the Sellersville Theater before Free at Noon on Wednesday, April 2nd, and will be back in Philly in May for the annual NonCOMMvention.

Recent Release: The Districts
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Label: Fat Possum Records

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March 11, 2014 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, Hurray for the Riff Raff join host David Dye in the studio. Hurray for the Riff Raff started putting out albums on their own in 2008, releasing three before being picked up by ATO Records.
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