RagFest 2014 was a big hit with fans
Erika C. Miller
Gary Rametta, Bill Mitchell, Paul Orsi, Brad Kay, Eric Marchese,
Marea Boylan, Jimmy Green & Andrew Barrett
RagFest 2014 was a big hit with fans,
drawing attendance of 130 during the two-day festival (October
18 and 19) at Steamers Jazz Club and Café in downtown Fullerton.
Highlights of the weekend included the festival debuts of The
White Star Line Ragtimers and soloists Paul Orsi and Tim Rotolo.
The White Star group is led by Frank Sano, whom festival audiences
know as the founder of the Albany Nightboat Ragtimers. Orsi was
a Disneyland pianist from 1983 to 1993. After a more than 20-year
absence from the public eye, he returned to ragtime performance
in 2014 and was RagFest’s headliner, appearing on both days
of the festival. At age 21, recent college graduate Rotolo had
already appeared at several Northern California festivals –
notably the West Coast and Sutter Creek ragtime festivals –
before making his first appearance at RagFest.
Returning from RagFest 2013 were Tom Marion and his Ragtime String
Trio and pianists Ryan Wishner and John Reed-Torres. Audiences,
in fact, got plenty of great solo piano all weekend long from
Brad Kay, Doug Haise, Andrew Barrett, Vincent Johnson, Gary Rametta
and Eric Marchese.
The festival also featured great vocal entertainment from the
vaudeville duo of Evans & Rogers and from ragtime singer and
audience favorite Erika C. Miller. The piano-banjo duo of Bill
Mitchell and Jimmy Green also provided a musical change of pace.
Many audience members lauded the event as either “the best”
of the 14 RagFests held since October, 2000, or “one of
the best” in recent years.
RagFest 2015, the festival’s 15th anniversary, is scheduled
for October 17-18, 2015. Be sure to mark your calendars now!
- 2014 RagFest Photo
- 2014 RagFest Photo
The Orange County Ragtime Society
February 21, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
March 21, Noon to 3 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
April 18, Noon to 3 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
~~~SPECIAL 5/16 EVENT: A JOPLIN AFTERNOON~~~
May 16, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
June 20, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
July 18, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
August 15, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
~~~SPECIAL 9/19 EVENT: LISTEN TO THAT LAMB~~~
September 19, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
November 21, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
***Also on our calendar is RAGFEST 2015!***
October 17, Noon to 6 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
October 18, Noon to 6 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
There is no cover charge or admission price for OCRS meets.
Reservations are not required, but seating is first-come, first-serve.
The format is 'open piano,' meaning that those with demonstrated
ability performing ragtime (or ragtime-related music) are welcome
to perform. See the OCRS page for further
2015 OCRS Flyer