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Erin Zindle and the Ragbirds

Erin Zindle is the songwriter, fiddler, and leader of the nationally-touring folk-rock band Erin Zindle & The Ragbirds. With a genre-bending hybrid of indie-pop melodies, global-infused beats, rock guitar riffs, conscious lyrics and virtuosic fiddling, Erin Zindle & The Ragbirds deliver something that’s hard to define.  Their music is equally danceable, intelligent, and vulnerable – a rare combination in an increasingly marketing-driven industry.

At each performance, Erin transforms into a seemingly-mythical creature who dances with graceful arms outstretched, hand-made wings glued to her shoulders, recklessly digging into her fiddle strings with her bow. Her voice is both earthy and ethereal, full of character and texture with lyrics that point to the daily paradox of intentionally cultivating hope in the midst of a crazed and jaded world. She skillfully switches between violin, kalimba, piano, and accordion, never losing her infectious smile.

Zindle’s songs are laced with edgy guitar riffs and solos, played by her brother T.J. Zindle. T.J. is an energetic force, armed with both electric and acoustic guitars, playing each with grit and intensity. Shannon Wade (bass) and Loren Kranz (drums) make up the rhythm section. Both are dynamic masters of their instruments and together they make a tight-knit groove factory over which Erin & T.J. can improvise with ease.

Since 2005 when Erin first created The Ragbirds, the band has 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.

With a change of cast in 2019, the band is shifting its weight and focusing more on the melodic components. The rhythms of their new sound leave room for the songs to breathe and for the vocals to take on the spotlight. Now equipped with four vocalists, the band is diving into the textures they can create with vocal harmonies and exploring the newly-created space with instrumental curiosity, adding more improvisational elements into the otherwise-tight arrangements.

The sweet energetic charm of lead singer Erin Zindle demands attention. She is an enigma of ageless quality, agile and joyful, yet rooted in wisdom. In her daily life, Erin is devoted to the tedious work of songcraft, but in her performances, the songs flow from her effortlessly, as if she is channeling them, radiating as she sings the words she has polished to a fine shine. She carries a certain bright-hot phoenix energy as she shares her stories of war and woe honestly and unapologetically. The pain in her songs highlights the wonder of the grace and freedom she embodies. Every live performance leaves the listener in a higher place than when it began.

Touring for nearly 15 years from their home-base of Ann Arbor, MI, Erin Zindle & The Ragbirds have developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the most dynamic, hard-working, high-spirited live bands in roots music.

Preshow: Sammie Herschock

Sammie Hershock is a Michigan-based singer songwriter with songs that catch your ear and grab you by the soul. Classically trained and working as a music teacher for over ten years, Sammie brings a unique depth to her original songs. 

Since coming onto the songwriters scene in mid 2021 she has pulled people into her sphere quickly. She’s since released an EP and three singles, received a “One-to-Watch” nomination from Nashville Songwriters Association, won the NSAI mid-michigan Chapter Songwriting Contest, and won the hearts of people all over Michigan. 

Sammie’s keyboard led performances offer detailed melodic lines- contrasted with lyrics and feelings as grounded and heartfelt as she is. 

Upcoming

Donors 2023-24

Platinum ($10,000 and above)

Gold ($5,000 to $9,000)

Silver ($2,500 to $4,999) 

  • Arts Midwest
  • Richard and Phyllis Rabbideau

Diamond ($1,000 to $2,400)

  • James and Nancy Cracraft
  • Kevin Koenig and Todd Hokanson
  • Dr. David M. Komasara
  • Edward Lowenthal
  • Joseph and Carolyn Palchak

Emerald ($500-$999)

  • Juanita Armstrong
  • Mary Ellen Brown
  • Chuck Gates and Jeannine Boehm
  • Peg Gates
  • Brooks and Wanza Grantier
  • Marshall Community Foundation
  • Park and Carol Owens
  • Red Squirrel Fund
  • Kelly and Patty Williams

Ruby ($250 to $499)

  • E. Michael and Alicia Beck
  • Barbara A. Cooke
  • Gary and Betsy Crist
  • Daniel and Betty Kesselring
  • Marshall Eye Care
  • Jim and Patty Melluish
  • Martin Overhiser
  • Kathleen Strang

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  • Arathi and Maddur Badarinath
  • Tom and Shirley Beuchler
  • Eric and Mary Bird
  • Frank and Sue Boley
  • Dr. David and Mrs. Kim Byrens
  • Craig Carrel
  • Charles and Shirley Cook
  • Dave and Barb Crowle
  • Janice Darling
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  • Mr. Paul Davis
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  • Dr. Jim Fletcher
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  • Thomas and Lynn Gruber
  • George and Marijke Guerin
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  • Judy Heidenreich
  • Chris and Amy Jones
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  • Penny Kinter
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  • Gerald and Carol Lehmann
  • Dr. Karl and Mrs. Sarah Loomis
  • John and Jodi Lubis
  • Bill and Angela Mabin
  • Phyllis Mazure and Mike Sutton
  • John and Ann Miller
  • Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Darlene Neidlinger
  • Alan and Linda O’Leary
  • David and Mary Jo Ours
  • Thomas and Mary Jo Petredean
  • Gary Reed and Doris Schoening
  • Jack Rocco
  • Mary Ann Ruesink
  • Jennifer Russell
  • Kevin and Olivia Sackrider
  • Jeff and Dian Schubel
  • John Shabushnig and Victoria McGuffin
  • T.R. and Kathy Shaw
  • Patricia Sheets
  • John Sherwood and Kim Forde
  • Debi and Sean Southworth
  • David and Susan Twiss
  • Mike and Nancy Wojcik
  • Scott and Pamela Wolfersberger
  • Jim Youngdahl

Sapphire ($99 and below)

  • Jack Bargo, Jr.
  • Jennifer Blank
  • Michael Boeglin
  • Douglas and Suzanne Burger
  • Russell and Mary Jo Byrne
  • William and Gloria Clayborn
  • Edward and Pauline Crane
  • Luann Damon
  • Debra Deluhery
  • Rick and Feef Dillon
  • Samuel Durham, Jr. and Teresa Horvat Durham
  • Janis Emery and Al Barney
  • Tom and Jolie Frantz
  • Alex Galarce
  • Mr. Jacob and Dr. Melissa Gates
  • Greg Griffin
  • Ben and Carol Hammon
  • Diane Bytwerk – Hanway
  • Robert and Carolyn Holmes
  • Janice Jeffery
  • Whitney Jonas
  • Vee and Dianne Kalnins
  • Scott and Kelly Kennedy
  • David and Dianna Krick
  • Gary Latuszek
  • Laura LeClear
  • Stephen and Cheryl Marengo
  • Georgia Marsh
  • Tim and Sue McCloskey
  • Carol Miller
  • William Morrison, IV
  • John and Pam Munsie
  • Robyn Murphy
  • Steve Olsen
  • Luke Perry
  • Kenneth and Deborah Pierce
  • James and Elizabeth Roth
  • Rebecca and Stephen Schnorr
  • Richard and Liane J Smith
  • Judith Smith
  • Cynthia Southwick
  • Robert and Laurie Swanson
  • Richard and Diane Thompson
  • Gordon and Mary Toyzan
  • Ryan and Karolina Traver
  • Sherie Veramay
  • Robert Veramay
  • Trey Warner
  • Tony Wawzysko
  • Peter and Janet Williams
  • George Zollner