Hurray for the Riff Raff's Shows Latinx Strength
Alynda Segarra conjured Newport's long history of political activism early on, when her band Hurray for the Riff Raff presented a powerfully determined set of Latinx roots rock Friday afternoon. Wearing a shirt that read "Fuerza" ("Strength" in English), Segarra delivered an impassioned call to action as she showcased songs from the band's most recent album, The Navigator, an ambitious concept record that revolves around issues of gentrification, displacement and Puerto Rican identity. "Latinx people truly make America great," she announced early on during the band's hour-long performance. Segarra performed rousing versions of album highlights "Living in the City" and "Rican Beach," summoned the crowd to raise their fists in solidarity during the powerful climax of "Pa'lante," and conjured the festival's 1960s spirit when she closed with Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son." "Sing it with us now," she implored before Fogerty's final chorus, "I want them to hear this down in Mar-a-Lago."