9 PM doors / 10 PM show / $10 adv & $15 day of The Ragbirds Hook-laden pop with a kaleidoscopic array of worldly influences, The Ragbirds exhibit a gleeful disregard for contemporary folk-rock convention. How do you capture the energy of a Ragbirds live show? The positive vibes, high energy, infectious beats, sweat fueled dance floors, and moving introspective lyrics? A tough task, but after 7 years and nearly 150 shows a year, these far traveled road warriors were set to release the much requested live album. A release for the fans, The Ragbirds delivered with 12 songs recorded over two nights in September 2012 at rowdy shows in Grand Rapids, MI at The Pyramid Scheme and favorite hometown hangout The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor to capacity crowds. ‘We Belong to the Love’ gave fans an early sneak peak at two unreleased new tracks ‘Lucky Rhythm’ and ‘We Belong to the Love.’ The five-piece project is clearly built around the multi-talented Erin Zindle, who is proficient in a variety of stringed instruments. She is the songwriter and front woman of the band, skillfully switching between violin, mandolin, accordion, banjo and percussion, all while dancing. Zindle wears an infectious smile and a positive message, always spun through a poetic loom. Surrounding Zindle’s earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of a guitarist T.J. Zindle, dynamic bassist Dan Jones, drummer Jon Brown, and standout percussionist Randall Moore. In March, the band will begin work on their fifth studio album with producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, R.E.M., Willie Nelson). The project is being funded via a fan campaign at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/theragbirds. A fall 2015 release is anticipated.
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