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Hurray For The Riff Raff Announce NZ Show

Hurray For The Riff Raff Announce NZ Show

Wednesday 1st October, 2014 12:56PM

New Orleans-based outfit Hurray For The Riff Raff, helmed by singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, is heading to New Zealand for one show in November. The show, at Auckland's Tuning Fork, will be the first time HFTFF has performed on these shores and follows the release of the acclaimed album Home Town Heroes, which came out earlier this year. Here are the details...

Hurray For The Riff Raff
Friday 21st November, The Tuning Fork, Auckland


Here's the video for 'I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright) from their latest album...


PRESS RELEASE:

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

VECTOR ARENA PRESENTS HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
AT THE GREAT SOUTH PACIFIC TUNING FORK
FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2014

Vector Arena is proud to present New Orleans folk-blues and Americana band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, as they make their exclusive New Zealand debut at The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork on Friday 21 November.

Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, Hurray for the Riff Raff are one of the most exciting bands on the US Americana scene, with the Americana Association having nominated them as an Emerging Artist of the Year in their 2014 Awards, and their new album Home Town Heroes being named as one of the best albums of 2014 so far by Rolling Stone, Spin and NPR, among others.

Anchored in adventure across 12 tracks of murder, heartbreak and spirit, Small Town Heroes sees Segarra – who produced the album – turning the tables on traditional folk and roots. On the band’s fifth and best offering yet you’ll find all the instruments of Americana: acoustic guitar, fiddle, harmonica, dobro, drum brushes and boot stomps, not so much rustic though as re-imagined. The result has critics raving:

“A new dawn for American roots music … one of the most striking albums 2014 will offer.” - Daily Mirror

“A slice of the purest gothic country 4/5” - Scotland on Sunday

“Standard bearers for a new, forward-thinking generation of roots musicians…9/10 - Uncut

Alynda Lee Segarra came to international attention in 2012 with Look Out Mama. The album earned her acclaim from NPR and the New York Times to Mojo and Paste, along with a breakout performance at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, which solidified her place at the forefront of a new generation of young musicians celebrating and reimagining American roots music. “We really feel at home with a lot of worlds of people that don’t really seem to fit together,” she says of her work, “and we find a way to make them all hang out with our music. Whether it’s the queer community or some freight train-riding kids or some older guys who love classic country, a lot of folks feel like mainstream culture isn’t directed at them. We’re for those people.”

Raised in the Bronx with Puerto Rican blood in her veins, Segarra fell in love with doo-wop and Motown before spending her Saturdays travelling downtown to the Lower East Side, where she hit up punk and riot grrl matinees. At 17, she took off to ride freight trains across the States. Playing washboard and learning a banjo she’d been gifted in North Carolina, Segarra wound up in New Orleans, just after Katrina had been through. Led by singles ‘I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)’ and ‘Blue Ridge Mountain’, Small Town Heroes has earned Hurray for the Riff Raff a whole new following.

In July the band performed a smouldering take of ‘The Body Electric’ on “Late Show With David Letterman”, having already won over “Conan O’Brien” weeks earlier.

The band’s show at The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork will be your only chance to catch this up-and-coming act on their debut trip to New Zealand. Come catch them in an intimate setting before they get huge!!

VECTOR ARENA PRESENTS
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
THE GREAT SOUTH PACIFIC TUNING FORK @ VECTOR ARENA AUCKLAND
FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2014

Tickets on sale 9am, Monday 6 October from www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Tickets $45+bf from Ticketmaster.





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