Women take the stage for Waxahatchee/Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Majestic

Authors: Audrey Bachman & Aleesa Kuznetsov

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Last week at The Majestic, Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff gathered for their dual tour and performed for a packed crowd. The show opened with solo artist Bedouine, who performed an acoustic quiet folk set, before handing the stage off to Waxahatchee. Waxahatchee opened with Recite Remorse – a beautiful song that opens with Katie Crutchfield’s personal, empowering lyrics and slowly brings in each member of her band. The Alabama-based group is comprised of all female/non-binary members. Crutchfield’s lyrics were bold and honest and there was a clear, strong bond between each member. One of the highlights was the banter between songs, specifically some loving, sisterly bickering between Katie and Allison (Allison plays keys, vocals and guitar), about the title of their favorite game to play at dinner, “Rose-Bud-Thorn,” (or rather, “Rose-Bud,” according to Katie).

Waxahatchee released their fourth studio album, Out in the Storm, in the summer of 2017. They mostly played songs from the new album, plus some songs from Ivy Tripp and older releases.

Waxahatchee’s performance was, in one word, cathartic. Katie was completely open and honest through her lyrics and we can’t imagine how powerful she must have felt on stage singing out her stories alongside her sister and her friends.

After a brief set change, Hurray for the Riff Raff took the stage, unveiling a drum kit with a peace sign on it. Behind them hung the banner stating “We’re All In This Together,” which was also draped behind Bedouine and Waxahatchee. The lights went down and The Inkspots’, 1941 song,  “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire,” played as the band slowly filed onto stage. It was immediately obvious that Hurray for the Riff Raff was here to make a statement. Hurray for the Riff Raff’s bold message of unity and self-love was carried out when Alynda Segarra introduced one of their first songs by saying it was about celebrating the “feminine part that is in all of us.” Segarra’s statement perfectly captured the power that the all-female show had and that we felt throughout the whole night.

Also, stay tuned for our exclusive interview with Katie later this month!