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Hurray for the Riff Raff Spirit Family Reunion

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Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmers' markets, and subway stations of New York City, strangers and neighbors come to rejoice in the sound, and there is no divide between performer and spectator. Paste describes their sound this way: "Dusty acoustic guitars, wailing fiddles and weeping accordions, with a woozy-yet-skintight rhythm section-- and topped off with burr-edged vocals that sound like they've been soaked in a Mason jar for generations–it's the type of music that blurs the line between past and present so thoroughly, and so deftly, that time feels irrelevant."

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 where she began to perform and record with a revolving cast of musicians. 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 country, rock 'n' roll, pop, and soul. In the tradition of Bob Dylan with 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. 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," Hurray for the Riff Raff covers a wide array of musical ground, with every song unified by Alynda’s soulful vocals and expert songwriting.

The Deslondes will open the show before joining Hurray for the Riff Raff on stage.
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When and Where

Off Campus Location - The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

October 2013


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