The Ragbirds

Ann Arbor, MI

Led by Erin Zindle, a dynamic multi-instrumentalist and frontwoman, The Ragbirds create music that is equally danceable, intelligent and vulnerable. They incorporate indie-pop melodies, global-infused beats, rock guitar riffs and folk sensibilities in a high-energy live show which leaves every listener in a higher place than when it began.

Since 2005, the band members have gathered and maintained a passionate, grassroots fan base by continually reinventing themselves with an ever-evolving sound. They have shared stages as direct support for Brandi Carlile, Rusted Root, Matisyahu, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, John Butler Trio, Birds of Chicago, Dawes, The Steel Wheels, Dumpstaphunk, Donna the Buffalo, The Werks, Elephant Revival, Toubab Krewe, Wookiefoot, Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum, Jeff Daniels, Lindsay Lou, Billy Strings, The Duhks and many others. The band has performed in 47 states, averaging 150 shows a year and winning over crowds at festivals like Electric Forest/Rothbury, Wheatland, Blissfest, Green Room Festival (Yokohama Japan), MerleFest, 10,000 Lakes, SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Summer Camp, Wookiefoot’s Harvest Fest & Project Earth, Hoxeyville, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Great Blue Heron, Floyd Yoga Jam, MoeDown and more.

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 2009 international release of “Finally Almost Ready” saw the band invade Japan with the single “Book of Matches” reaching #1 on the charts in Osaka. “The Threshold & The Hearth” debuted at #20 on Billboard Folk Chart in 2016 and #29 on Top New Artists Chart.

Music Sampler

Artist Performances

Thursday August 1st from 6:20 PM - 7:10 PM at Spats - MAIN STAGE
Friday August 2nd from 12:15 PM - 1:05 PM at Gibson Music Hall
Friday August 2nd from 5:05 PM - 5:55 PM at The Bar on the Avenue
Saturday August 3rd from 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM at Dèjá Vu Martini Lounge