Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra has generally aligned the band's music with Americana, folk and blues. But with the release of her new album The Navigator, a concept album about a character named Navita Milagros Negrón (a placeholder for Segarra herself), Segarra has tapped into her Puerto Rican roots to stir up something fresh. Segarra didn't dwell on her new direction at the album release show at Baby's All Right last night (3/8), she let the music speak for itself. She did, however, reference the political climate frequently, including acknowledging that her show was on the A Day Without A Woman strike but that she would observe her strike for her next show.

The set included most of the new album including the funky, anti-gentrification song "Rican Beach" and "Living in the City" which moves with the poetic beat of Patti Smith. Seggara's final song (before the encore) was the fierce "Pa'lante" (meaning "onwards/forwards") with its rich tribute to the trove of immigrant experiences and her own connection to that history. Many in crowd cheered loudly and proudly as the song was introduced. After the band returned from a quick break off-stage, the Riff Raff launched into Creedence's classic song "Fortunate Son" reaffirming their protester roots.

Las Rosas opened the show and Brooklyn LGBTQ collective Papi Juice DJed. Check out photos from the show at Baby's All Right above, and video from a World Cafe performance of "Rican Beach" and the setlist below.

HFTRR's tour continues, hitting Austin during SXSW (including one of the BrooklynVegan/Sound on Sound parties), and returning to NYC on 4/20 at Bowery Ballroom with Ron Gallo (tickets).

"Rican Beach" at the World Cafe:

HFTRR @ Baby's - 3/8/17 Setlist:
Life to Save
Nothings Gonna Change that Girl
Hungry Ghost
Rican Beach
Lake of Fire
Body Electric
The Navigator
Daniella
Good Time Blues
Settle
Living in the City
Fourteen Floors
Pa'lante
[encore break]
Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

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Hurray for the Riff Raff -- 2017 Tour Dates
3/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever
3/15 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ
3/16 - Austin, TX - BrooklynVegan/Sound on Sound party at Cheer Up Charlies
3/16 – Austin, TX – ATO Records SXSW Showcase
4/15 – Middlebury, VT – Middlebury College, McCullough Student Center
4/16 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music Theatre*
4/18 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair*
4/19 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair*
4/20 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
4/21 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live*
4/23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*
4/24 – Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theater*
4/25 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom*
4/27 – Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag*
4/28 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
4/29 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon*
4/30 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café*
5/2 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House*^
5/3 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge*^
5/4 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn*^
5/5 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theater*
6/2 – Dallas, TX – Trees
6/3 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest
6/4 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk#
6/6 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf#
6/7 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom#
6/9 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom#
6/10 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater#
6/11 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore#
6/13 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall#
6/15 – Vancouver, CA – Imperial#
6/16 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile#
6/18 – Boise, ID – The Olympic Venue#
6/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge#
6/21 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater#

* with Ron Gallo
^ with Becca Mancari
# with Making Movies