This Weekend at The Ark: Erin Zindle & The Ragbirds; Greg Laswell; The Shootouts

Friday, September 27, 2019, 8:00pm
Tickets: $20

One of the most dynamic, high-spirited live bands in roots music

Led by dynamic, multi-instrumentalist front-woman Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds create music that is equally danceable, intelligent and vulnerable – a rare combination in an increasingly marketing-driven industry. Since 2005 they have gathered and maintained a passionate, grassroots fan base by continually reinventing themselves with an ever-evolving sound, while remaining rooted in the high-energy, world-inspired folk-rock that they have become known for. With a genre-bending hybrid of indie-pop melodies, global-infused beats, rock guitar riffs and folk sensibilities, this is music that comes to life on stage. Every concert leaves each listener in a higher place than when it began. The Ragbirds are constant travelers, impressed upon by a global consciousness, with lyrics that point to the daily paradox of intentionally cultivating hope in the midst of a crazed and jaded world.

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00pm
Tickets: $20

“Majestic and meditative”—Blurt
Greg Laswell is one of the most uncompromising songwriters of these modern times. You may recognize a bit of Leonard Cohen in his tormented baritone. You might think of Tom Waits when you sense how deep down in the gut these songs come from. But if there is a quality that still and ever marks out Laswell’s writing, it is an ability to use words like unrepentant paper cuts. His pen is mighty—especially when it’s aimed at the heart. And the songs urge you to join in pushing the point in deeper. Filter described Greg’s songs as “Punches to the gut.” And Blurt said of his music that it’s both “majestic and meditative.” On the title track of a recent album Laswell matter-of-factly confesses, “Everyone thinks I dodged a bullet / But I think I shot the gun.” Greg comes to Michigan with a new release, “Next Time.”

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 7:30pm
Tickets: $15

Country, Americana, and swing from northeast Ohio
The Shootouts debut album “Quick Draw” is an effortless blend of high-energy honky-tonk and traditional country music mixed with touches of Americana and western swing. The band marries a blend of Roy Orbison and Bob Wills with the barn-burning sounds of Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and Dwight Yoakam. Based in Akron, Ohio, The Shootouts were formed when founding members Ryan Humbert (vocals) and Brian Poston (lead guitar) bonded over a mutual love of heartfelt, authentic country music. While the two were busy performing Humbert’s original pop-rock songs, they often discussed the idea of starting a new band to tap into this passion, and the band played their first show in October of 2016. It was meant to be a side project but  there was much more in store. I grew up surrounded by country music,” Ryan says. “My mom listened to country radio when I was a kid, and I would play classic country and gospel songs with my grandpa while I was learning to play the guitar. I’ve always had a deep love for this genre, and in starting the Shootouts, I finally feel like I’ve found my way home, as it were.”