The Ragbirds will bring their folk-rock-world fusion of danceable rhythms to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Friday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m.

The five-piece band from Ann Arbor, Mich., fuses gypsy, Middle-Eastern, Americana and Latin traditions, mixing in pop hooks and Celtic fiddling to create an infectious global groove. Dynamic frontwoman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle adds her earthy-sweet voice and violin, mandolin, banjo and accordion to the talents of guitarist T.J. Zindle, bassist Brian Crist, drummer Loren Kranz and percussionist Randall Moore.

The Ragbirds have performed in more than 30 states in the past seven years, averaging 175 shows a year. Crisscrossing the nation, these festival favorites have performed at Rothbury, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Hookahville, and more; and have shared the stage with Rusted Root, Railroad Earth, Toubab Krewe, Hot Buttered Rum, The Duhks and many others.

The Ragbirds finally took a break from touring in late summer 2013 to celebrate the birth of Aviva Alice Moore, daughter of Zindle and Moore. With the expansion of their family, The Ragbirds outgrew their beloved converted diesel tour van Cecelia, which had covered more than 200,000 miles. By using old restaurant grease for gas, The Ragbirds managed to offset emissions their heavy road schedule by nearly 80 metric tons of carbon in just four years. A Kickstarter campaign enabled them to purchase a new, much larger family size diesel tour vehicle, which also will be converted to run on veggie oil, continuing the tradition of sustainable touring and green travel.

The band hit the recording studio this spring to work on its fifth studio release project, with an EP release scheduled for summer, and a full album expected on vinyl in the fall.

Tickets are $13 in advance and will be $16 at the door, general admission. To buy tickets or for more information about all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publicationsā€™ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or