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Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 3:29 p.m.

The Ark hosting local band The Ragbirds (and a charity shoe drive)

By Staff

The tight and talented local folk-pop band The Ragbirds has a showcase date at The Ark this Friday night—with a new album in the works, a new video online, and a charity shoe drive set for the show.

Led by singer/multi-instrumental whiz Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds fuse elements of folk, pop, rock and world rhythms. Front woman Zindle plays violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion and percussion. Other members of the band are guitarist T.J Zindle, Brian Crist on bass, drummer Loren Kranz and percussionist Randall Moore.

The Ragbirds plan to release their third studio album, "Travelin’ Machine," this winter. The album features 10 original tracks recorded in Ann Arbor at Backseat Productions. The band recently released a video for the song "Six Wheels," which can be seen below.

At Friday's show, The Ragbirds will host a shoe drive for the organization Soles4Souls. Concertgoers are asked to bring their gently used adult and children's shoes to donate to those in need. For more info about Soles4Souls visit the website

The Ragbirds play The Ark, 316 S. Main St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Appleseed Collective opens. Tickets are available online or in person at The Ark box office (with no service charge); Michigan Union Ticket Office, 530 S. State St.; and Herb David Guitar Studio, 302 E. Liberty St.

For more on The Ragbirds, check out their website and this 2009 feature story on the band.



Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 11:59 p.m.

If you haven't seen the Ragbirds before, I'd highly recommend it. Great music and always a fun time.