7:00pm (Doors); 8:00pm (Show) / $8 (Adv); $10 (DOS) / 21+
Hook-laden pop with a kaleidoscopic array of worldly influences, The Ragbirds exhibit a gleeful disregard for contemporary folk-rock convention. The group is clearly built around the multi-talented Erin Zindle, who is not only the singer and songwriter, but is proficient in a variety of stringed instruments. This classically trained violinist can aptly pluck the eight-stringed mandolin, wield a wild accordion, and rock the banjo while maintaining lead vocals. Surrounding Zindle's earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of a guitarist T.J. Zindle, superb bassist Dan Jones, drummer Jon Brown, and standout percussionist Randall Moore.
After seven years of averaging nearly 175 shows a year, all over America; Ann Arbor, Michigan based world-beat-folk-rockers The Ragbirds finally took a break from touring in late summer 2013 to celebrate the birth of Aviva, daughter of front-woman Erin Zindle and percussionist Randall Moore.
In March 2015, the band spent two full weeks recording their fifth studio album with Grammy nominated producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, R.E.M., Willie Nelson). The project, which was successfully funded on April 8 via fan campaign website PledgeMusic.com, has a release date of early 2016.
Showing no signs of slowing down, The Ragbirds (with baby Aviva and nanny in tow!) continue to spread their unique blend of enthusiastic folk rock and world beat Americana all over the United States and beyond, and will be returning to concert venues and festivals stages all over the country this year and for many years to come.
Mandolinist and singer, Bryan Ranney has spent the last year traveling across the country on the ‘Not A Ukulele’ Tour, selling-out venues, winning media attention, and delighting listeners with his catchy, original brand of alternative-folk music. Ranney leads a band of skilled improvisors, a band he likes so much that he named it after himself. Brought up in the hard-knock Saint Louis music scene, each member is a fine representative of the vibrant, melting-pot, americana-culture of acoustic blues, hippie-bluegrass, and river-town roots music that pervades the region. A truly gifted performer, Ranney seduces his audience with simple melodies, beautiful phrasing and a hypnotic groove. The characters that inhabit his songs can be dark and complex, but the poetry that renders them is genuine and unembellished. In concert, Bryan Ranney will warm your heart and leave you buzzing long after the final applause.