Hurray for the Riff Raff

American Routes Shortcuts: Alynda Segarra

Aug 25, 2017
Alynda Segarra
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming show. This week, Alynda Segarra from New Orleans’ own Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Alynda Segarra grew up in a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx. As a teenager, she hit the road, hopping trains, living a traveler’s life. She wound up in New Orleans in 2007 and felt more at home here than anywhere else. Segarra played acoustic on street corners, and started the band Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Beneath the benevolent gaze of a statue of Saint Roch, the patron saint of dogs, invalids and bachelors, Alynda Lee Segarra sings: "People are dying. No one understands."

Dionne Grayson / WWNO


It’s the last weekend in April, which for many means one thing (especially to Fred Kasten), and while we’re counting down for the gates of the Fair Grounds to open wide, let us not forget all that continues to live and breathe outside the racetrack gates. Here are some great things to do before, after, or (gasp) during this weekend’s main attraction: