The Ragbirds will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.
Tickets are $10 for Blissfest members and $15 for non-members. Student tickets are half off.
For more information, visit www.blissfest.org.
A Michigan band known for its energetic performances and dynamic sound will bring the talent of its members to Petoskey for an upcoming performance.
The Ragbirds, an Ann Arbor-based group showcasing front woman Erin Zindle, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey as part of the Blissfest music series.
The band blends an arsenal of instruments from around the world and has been a fixture at musical festivals around the country.
The News-Review spoke with Zindle in advance of the Ragbirds’ upcoming Petoskey stop.
News-Review: You mix a variety of different styles of music from around the world. How would you describe your sound?
Erin Zindle: The Ragbirds play high-energy folk-rock music with some world-music influence. Sometimes we describe it as “infectious global groove.” We are an upbeat, female-fronted five-piece band with violin, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums and lots of percussion.
News-Review: You’re married to the band’s percussionist — did you form the band together?
Erin Zindle: I started the band about six years ago with my boyfriend, who’s now my husband, Randall Moore. I had written so many songs and I just needed to get them out, so I started recording them and that became our debut album in 2005. The rest of the band came together over the years. My brother, TJ Zindle, joined The Ragbirds in 2008.
News-Review: You’ve performed all over, often upwards of 130 plus performances a year. Do you have a most memorable performance?
Erin Zindle: The most memorable performance for me was in Yokohama, Japan, playing for more than 5,000 people. Some fans at the front were singing along to my songs and there was such crazy energy — I was floating on it!
News-Review: Having performed around the world, does performing home in Michigan have any significant meaning for you and the band?
Erin Zindle: We have so many friends that have supported us throughout the state and we’re always grateful to be able to tour around and reconnect with good people at every stop. There’s a state-wide music scene in Michigan that is unique, diverse and rich with talent. There’s a community that surrounds us and we all support each other. So yes, we love Michigan.
News-Review: Any new projects in the works we can look for?
Erin Zindle: Our new album “Travelin’ Machine” will be released in January 2012. We’ll be shooting our first music video soon and we’re constantly writing new songs to add to our live show. Plus I’m working on a new dance move.
News-Review: When you’re not performing, what are you listening to?
Erin Zindle: I always come back to Paul Simon’s catalog, which has been a constant source of musical inspiration and personal uplifting. I listen to a lot of world music, but I also love discovering creative indie artists like Lord Huron and Dr. Dog.