Beloved indie rock band Ra Ra Riot played at the Cracker Factory on Saturday evening, Sept. 18. The concert marked the second time the band has played in Geneva, having played at the Smith Center for the Arts in January 2009.
The show was a fundraiser for Three Stories, the non-profit organization that manages the art and cultural events that take place at the Cracker Factory, which is located at 35 Lehigh Ave. and Avenue E. The opening band Phantogram, an electro-pop duo from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., also performed.
The members of Ra Ra Riot met in Syracuse, N.Y., and began performing around the city at clubs and college venues. The band, formed in 2006, is known for its upbeat indie rock and its incorporation of the cello and violin into catchy pop riffs. Guitarist Milo Bonnaci hails from Geneva, N.Y., and has strong connections to the colleges; his father, Tom Bonnaci, works in Buildings and Grounds.
The band has released two EPs, and three full lengths albums under Barsuk Records. Their latest album, “The Orchard,” was released at the end of August, and has received critical acclaim from the likes of NPR’s Stephen Thompson who says the album “positively bursts with sophistication, precision and polish,” and received an outstanding 8 out of 10 stars from the Alternative Press.
An HWS shuttle van ran from Medbery parking lot to the Cracker Factory Saturday evening from 7 to 8 p.m., and then immediately after the concert.