Best Old-Timey Revival: Hurray for the Riff Raff
Before playing Hurray for the Riff Raff original "Here It Comes," lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra switched from acoustic guitar to banjo, telling the crowd, "This is my first instrument – well, after the washboard, but the washboard is less stimulating." Banjo or washboard, the band went extra old school for their rainy Sunday set, blending bluesy instrumentals with protest-flavored lyricism and introducing songs with stories of performing on the streets of New Orleans. Later, in one of the best sing-alongs of the festival, Segarra led the packed audience through a sweetly minimalist round of "If I Had a Hammer," which she dedicated to Pete Seeger. C.D.