Friday, May 8
Tickets: $12 General Admission at Ticketweb.com Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), Rust Belt Books, Terrapin Station or charge by phone 866-777-8932
7pm Doors 8pm Show
Hook-laden pop with a kaleidoscopic array of worldly influences, The Ragbirds exhibit a gleeful disregard for contemporary folk-rock convention.
With a live album entitled ‘We Belong To The Love’, this up-and-coming Michigan band has been traveling the country with their “infectious global groove” gathering a passionate grassroots fan base of all ages. The energy of a Ragbirds live show - the positive vibes, high energy, infectious beats, sweat fueled dance floors, and moving introspective lyrics – were finally released on highly requested live album after 7 years and nearly 150 shows a year.
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.
“It’s folk-rock music at the heart of it”, says Zindle, who started the band with her husband, percussionist Randall Moore, “but I’m influenced and moved by sounds from all over the world”. This interest in world music came first from her own roots. With two Irish grandmothers, the young violinist struck ancestral gold when she discovered Celtic fiddling as a teenager. At this same time the music of artists like Paul Simon, Rusted Root, and Peter Gabriel stirred up a deeper longing, bringing distant ethnic sounds into her small suburban Buffalo, NY bedroom. She began seeking out the source of these sounds and her love for travel and world music became a life-long passion.
Zindle and Moore began their relationship busking on the streets of Ann Arbor with Celtic and gypsy fiddling over tricky beats of tambourine, Middle-Eastern doumbek and tabla. After their first release 2007′s “Wanderlove” was Homegrown Music Network’s #1 selling album. The 2009 international release of “Finally Almost Ready” saw the band invade Japan with the single “Book of Matches” reaching #1 on the charts in Osaka. The Ragbirds albums have received local and national praise, hailed “Highly impressive!” by USA Today and touted as “Astounding international eclecticism” by Reveal Arts.
The Ragbirds have become festival favorites and have shared stages with Brandi Carlile, Rusted Root, Matisyahu, Railroad Earth, John Butler Trio, Toubab Krewe, Cornmeal, Greensky Bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum, Jeff Daniels, The Everyone Orchestra, The Duhks, and many others.
Buffalo’s own Rear View Ramblers open the show! “There certainly isn’t any self-consciousness in the Alt-Country Group, Rear View Ramblers. They are as authentic and strong willed as they come. Musicians by sweat, blood and shows. A hell of a lot of shows. While their songs will not beat you over the head with a brooding intelligentsia, but that does not mean the songs aren’t smart, they even tend to have a little bit of soul behind them. The songs of love lost are harsh, filter-less requiems. Andrew’s vocal output is the sound of a honey over cigarettes, and Katie Panfil’s harmonic vocal juxtaposition creates the beautiful milieu of the gruff, yet affected. If you want existentialist diatribes, go to Kafka. If you want powerfully raucous memorials, pensively detailed reflections on the vocalizations of the daily taciturns of musicians who have certainly lived the life they project through song, Rear View Ramblers have them all day.”
Date(s) - 05/08/2015
341 Delaware Avenue