March News: “Think Warm Thoughts”
Although some people are living in sunshiny ease, we are in the boat with the rest of you, trudging through the last mile of this heavy winter. My mom always told me to think warm thoughts, so we’ve been planning our summer festival season and writing songs full of fire. I love poetic coincidences – like the fact that March falls right around the time when we need the reminder to keep on marching, that we are almost there. My soul tends to echo that seasonal pattern each year as well. I fall into the shadow of discouragement as easily as falling into a pothole lately. Someone asked me recently what keeps me going. My quick answer was that I know that songs have the power to move people and that I feel built, born and equipped to do exactly this. I could say that it’s you that keeps me going, because in a way, it is true. But what drives me most is the feeling that the best song I’ve ever written is still out there, just waiting for me to write it. I keep marching after it. It’s what’s next that inspires me to get through the hard winters, the devastating setbacks and the long sleepless nights. Good things are always coming. . .and we’ll see you out there on the road. =Ebird
Erin Zindle to teach four week songwriting workshop in Ann Arbor starting March 10th!
The class will meet weekly for four weeks, with a final performance at the end
Dates: (Classes) Mondays: March 10, 17, 24, and 31
(Performance) Thursday, April 3rd
Location: Oz’s Music Environment
Ages: teen to adult
Experience: (all levels welcome, amateur to professional)
Limit: 10 Students
Pre-requisites: Students must have written at least a few songs already, be able to accompany his/herself and be prepared to perform an original song for the class at the first session.
This workshop is crafted to get to the heart of songwriting in four weekly classes. Each session will cover a wide variety of topics, including lyric writing, songwriting structure, analysis, editing and other practical tips. In addition, students will walk away with strategies for overcoming obstacles, seeking out inspiration, setting goals and breaking out of ruts.
Each session will include a song prompt – a specific assignment to write one song per week. Personal critique sessions will be available by appointment after each session and online during the week. The workshop will culminate in a final performance where each songwriter will perform one of the four songs written during the class.
To register, call (734)657-5302, or email email@example.com
The Ragbirds at Dark Star Jubilee!
We are pumped to announce that we are part of the Dark Star Jubilee Festival lineup this May!
Visit http://www.darkstarjubilee.com for the full lineup and tickets details!
Happy New Year!
We wish you all a Happy New Year and hope you had a great holiday season! We’re laying low during the early winter and will be spending January hibernating in Michigan, working on new songs, new ideas, and getting ready for a new season of touring starting February 6th in Indianapolis, February 7th in St. Louis, and on from there! Check out the tour page for more dates and details, and check back often as we’ll be posting the rest of this winters shows soon! Much love, and stay warm!
Ebird & Friends Holiday Shows
The Ragbirds are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Ebird & Friends Holiday Show!
Friday December 13th -
The Ark | 316 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor MI
8 PM | All Ages | (General Admission $20)
Sunday December 15th -
Hartland Music Hall | 3619 Avon, Hartland MI
3 PM | All Ages | (Matinee – $20 adult/$10 kids under 10)
7 PM | All Ages | (General Admission $20)
Featured artists include Jill Jack, Lindsay Lou (Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys), Sean Ike (Third Coast Kings), Katie Lee (Appleseed Collective), Laith Al-Saadi, and Jess McCumons (The Understorey). The show will include music by The Ragbirds as well as performances by an impressive cast of Ann Arbor’s finest, including Tyler Duncan (Ella Riot/My Dear Disco), Dan Piccolo, Mike Boyd, Brennan Andes and Ross Huff (The Macpodz), Diana Ladio (Moxie Strings), Jenny Jones, and more. With comedienne Shelly Smith as the MC for the night, this rare show has a charm that you don’t want to miss.
Brave New Baby Fall Tour ’13
It is with much joy and excitement that Erin and Randall announce the birth of their first child, Aviva (ah-vee-vah) Alice Moore! She is a beautiful, healthy and sweet little girl who was born at 11:37am on Friday August 23rd at The Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor!
Aviva is a Hebrew name meaning “joyful spring” (and it’s a palindrome) She was born weighing 6 lbs 7 oz with a full head of dark hair. Mom and baby are both doing great! Give Thanks!
With a new baby and new tour vehicle, we embark for our first shows as parents. Check out the full fall tour below and stay tuned for new dates!
09/26 :: Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
09/27 :: The Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
09/28 :: Bedford Library – Bedford, VA
10/03 :: Red Light Cafe – Atlanta, GA
10/04 :: Albino Skunk Festival – Greer, SC
10/11 :: Barley’s Taproom – Knoxville, TN
10/12 :: Fly Free Festival – Adams, TN
10/25 :: The Loft – Lansing, MI
10/26 :: Bell’s Brewery – Kalamazoo, MI (Halloween Show!)
11/01 :: The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
11/02 :: The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
11/06 :: Wildwood Station Pavillion – Marshfield, WI
11/07 :: The Cubby Bear – Chicago, IL
11/08 :: The M Shop – Ames, IA
11/09 :: 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
11/15 :: Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH