COLDWATER – The unique world class sounds of The Ragbirds return to Tibbits theatre Saturday, August 24 for a concert that fuses folk, pop, rock and global rhythms which Jamie Bradish, from The Ypsilanti Courier called “inspiring and powerful.”
The Ann Arbor, MI based Ragbirds and their music defy simple description. Called world-beat-folk-rockers, they fuse folk, rock and pop hooks with danceable world rhythms that often include accents from Celtic fiddle, violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, and percussion.
The group led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, utilizes instruments from around the world, a sweet voice and versatile songwriting. Surrounding Zindle’s earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of guitarist T.J. Zindle and dynamic bassist Shannon Wade, spinning over the world-beat grooves of drummer Loren Kranz.
The Ragbirds create music that is equally danceable, intelligent and vulnerable. Since 2005 they have gathered and maintained a passionate, grassroots fan base by continually reinventing themselves with an ever-evolving sound, while remaining rooted in the high-energy, world-inspired folk-rock that they have become known for. Thom Jurek of All Music said, “This [band] is evidence of the very best of what independent contemporary pop music has to offer.”
Focused on keeping their music fresh, in 2019 the band added vocalists to create and explore more vocal harmonies. Show by show, across the country and abroad, in venues ranging from rock clubs and performing arts centers to music festivals, The Ragbirds have developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the most dynamic, high-spirited live bands in roots music. 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 band has performed in 47 states, averaging 150 shows a year.
The Ragbirds perform in concert at 7:30 pm at the historic Tibbits Opera House at 14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater. Tickets range from $15-$22 including fees with discounts for Tibbits members. An “on your feet” section offers the option for those who prefer to view the concert while standing. All tickets are available on line at Tibbits.org, by calling 517-278-6029 or by visiting the theatre’s box office weekdays 9am-5pm. Tibbits' Ghost Light Bar in the theatre’s elevator lobby will be open for the concert.
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“The first time I heard them play I was stunned….I heard their music and literally stopped in my tracks. Their music is not only inspiring and powerful, but a successful experiment in teleportation as well”
-Jamie Bradish, The Ypsilanti Courier
“Like a well-worn suitcase covered with travel stickers of world-music styles”
-Alan Goldsmith, The Ann Arbor Observer