HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF - NNAMDÏ

rock, singer-songwriter
Monday
20
May 2024
  • Rotonde
19:30
DAY OF SHOW 19.5
TICKET 16.5
BOTACARTE 13.5
Sold out

Extra information

19:30 doors open (Rotonde)
20:00 Nnamdï
21:00 Hurray for the Riff Raff

We are happy to announce that customers can once again enjoy a meal before going to the concert. Our restaurant will be open exclusively on concert days and will be serving a diverse selection of food between 6:30 PM and 9 PM.

When

Mon. 20 May, 2024

Where

  • Rotonde

Doors

19:30

Organiser

Botanique
"a critically admired singer-songwriter"
The New York Times

Alynda Segarra is 36, or a little less than halfway through the average American lifespan. In that comparatively brief time, though, the Hurray for the Riff Raff founder has been something of a modern Huck Finn, an itinerant traveler whose adventures prompt art that reminds us there are always other ways to live.

Born in the Bronx and of Puerto Rican heritage, Segarra was raised there by a blue-collar aunt and uncle, as their father navigated Vietnam trauma and their mother neglected them to work for the likes of Rudy Giuliani. They were radicalized before they were a teenager, baptized in the anti-war movement and galvanized in New York’s punk haunts and queer spaces. At 17, Segarra split, becoming the kid in a communal squat before shuttling to California, where they began crisscrossing the country by hopping trains. They eventually found home—spiritual, emotional, physical—in New Orleans, forming a hobo band and realizing that music was not only a way to share what they’d learned and seen but to learn and see more. Hurray for the Riff Raff steadily rose from house shows to a major label, where Segarra became a pan-everything fixture of the modern folk movement. But that yoke became a burden, prompting Segarra to make the probing and poignant electronic opus, 2022’s Life on Earth, their Nonesuch debut. Catch your breath, OK? We’re back to 36, back to now.

The wanderlust that leads to piñon fires near the pueblos of New Mexico’s high desert and all-night escapades in New Orleans. The independence that shapes communities of like-minded outcasts, looking after one another. The inequality that makes such enclaves essential, that makes one of us eat out of garbage and the other with a silver spoon: It is all tragically and beautifully bound inside The Past Is Still Alive. Just as Louise Erdrich has done of late with Native Americans, Lonnie Holley with African-Americans, and Julie Otsuka with Asian-Americans, Segarra expands the scope of American stories here, stretching a long-safeguarded circle to encompass outsiders forever on the fringes. “The past is still alive/The root of me lives in the ballast by the mainline,” Segarra sings at one point, sweeping their days of riding.

During the last dozen years, these manifold tales of Segarra’s voyages have shaped an oral folklore of sorts, with the teenage vagabonding or subsequent trainhopping becoming what some may hear about Hurray for the Riff Raff before hearing the music itself. Segarra has dropped tidbits in songs, too, but they always worried that their experiences were too radical, that memories of dumpster diving or riding through New Orleans with a dildo dangling on an antenna were too much. But on The Past Is Still Alive, Segarra finally tells the story themselves, speckling stirring reflections on love, loss, and the end or evolution of the United States with foundational scenes from their own life.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff "PIERCED ARROWS"
Nnamdi

NNAMDÏ

NNAMDÏ has never been able to stay in one place. The Chicago multi-instrumentalistand songwriter set a blistering pace in 2020 with his critically acclaimed genre-fusing LPBrat, a punk EPBlack Plight, andKrazy Karl, a full-length tribute toLooney Tunescomposer Carl Stalling. Add in his role as co-owner of label Sooper Records, as well asrecent tourswith Wilco, Sleater-Kinney,black midi,and Jeff Rosenstockand it’s anoverwhelming schedule. However, his latest album,Please Have A Seat, is the result ofa much-needed pause.

“I realized I never take time to just sit and take in where I’m at,” says NNAMDÏ. “It’s justnice to not be on ‘Go, Go, Go!’ mode, and reevaluate where I wanted to go musically.”This period of reflection allowed him to take stock of his life and his relationships. “Iwanted to be present,” he says. “Each song came from a moment of clarity.”PleaseHave A Seatserves as an invitation to listen. It’s a request to sit down, be present, andtake in a moment. With this quiet introspection, NNAMDÏ found inspiration in silence andnuance.

While making the record, he decided to stretch the limits of his pop songwriting: everytrack had to be hummable. Though he’s written earworms throughout his career fromplaying in bands in Chicago’s DIY community or releasing goofy raps as Nnamdi'sSooper Dooper Secret Side Project, here, his shapeshifting hooks are undeniable.Eachof the album’sfourteensongs, which NNAMDÏ wrote, produced, and performed entirelyhimself, are relentlessly replayable, careening into unexpected and disorienting places.With NNAMDÏ’s singular vision,Please Have A Seatis yet another leap from Chicago’shardest working musician. By taking a minute to sit down and catch his breath, hereemerged with the most ambitious,accessible, and nuanced work of his career.

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Extra information

19:30 doors open (Rotonde)
20:00 Nnamdï
21:00 Hurray for the Riff Raff

We are happy to announce that customers can once again enjoy a meal before going to the concert. Our restaurant will be open exclusively on concert days and will be serving a diverse selection of food between 6:30 PM and 9 PM.