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Ryan Wishner

Bill Mitchell

Paul Orsi

RagFest 2016 Flyer

David Ellsonbroight, Tom Marion, and Oliver Steinberg

RagFest 2016 is coming soon, so circle the date October 15 on your calendars and be sure to set aside that night and at least part of the day, too! We’ll be bringing back our long-dormant evening revue show, which has always been one of the most entertaining and popular parts of RagFest.

This year’s performers include Andrew Barrett, Will Bennett, Shirley Case, Doug Haise, Vincent Johnson, Eric Marchese, Paul Orsi, Bob Pinsker, Ron Ross and Ryan Wishner. Banjo player Jimmy Green will be on hand to sit in with some of the pianists. Returning from last year are string player Tom Marion, back with an all-new string trio, and the ever-popular vaudeville duo Evans & Rogers, who mix vintage songs with humor, patter and great stage presence.

The festival will start at noon and wind up at six p.m. on October 15. After a short dinner break, we’ll reconvene for our 8 p.m. revue show, which will feature many of the performers from the afternoon sets and some surprise guests, too. All events will take place at the FCLO rehearsal hall, 218 W. Commonwealth Ave. in downtown Fullerton. The afternoon sets will feature concurrent performances in both the lobby and on the main stage. The evening show will unfold on the main stage.

There are no advance ticket sales. All admissions can be purchased at the door. We will accept cash as well as checks made out to Friends of Jazz (please do not make your checks out to “RagFest”). Admission price for the afternoon segment is $15 per person (all age groups and no special discounts, as this is the “discounted” price for everyone). Admission for the evening revue show is $20 per person. Those who attend the afternoon session and return after dinner for the evening show will be given a $5 per-person discount.

For any questions, please contact festival director Eric Marchese at 714-836-1104 or at either emarchesewriter@gmail.com or info@ragfest.com.


That’s right, ragtime fans! If you love, love, love ragtime piano music and aren’t especially fond of professional sports, why not come by the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum on Super Bowl Sunday?

As part of the Nixon Library’s weekly series of free Sunday afternoon concerts, the Orange County Ragtime Society will give a performance of ragtime piano on Sunday afternoon, February 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The concert itself is free (but obviously, if you wish to tour the museum, you do have to pay the regular admission price) and so is the parking. OCRS founder Eric Marchese will MC and offer up some selections at the concert grand piano along with some of your favorite OCRS and RagFest performers like Paul Orsi and Ryan Wishner.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. (to the auditorium, that is). Seating is limited to 300, so be sure to stake your claim in time to catch this socko show! Last time around it was SRO, and we had a wonderfully attentive and appreciative audience. Also, please feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who loves ragtime music, or piano, or Americana.

Even if you are a football fan too, you’ll probably arrive home from this concert in plenty of time to see this year’s Super Bowl, so we encourage you to attend.

For more information, reply directly to this email and I’ll try to get back to you quickly with answers to your questions – or call me at 714-836-1104 and leave your name and number on my voicemail and I’ll return your call asap.

Otherwise, we’ll see you at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Nixon Library!
Happy New Year to all,
– Eric Marchese

The Orange County Ragtime Society

Provisional 2017 Dates

February 5 – 2 to 3:30 p.m., Nixon Library
February 1 – 8, 1 to 4:30 p.m., FCLO Music Theatre
March 18 – 1 to 4:30 p.m., FCLO Music Theatre
April 15 – Noon to 3 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
May 20 – 1 to 4:30 p.m., FCLO Music Theatre
June 17 – 1 to 4:30 p.m., FCLO Music Theatre
July 15 – Noon to 3 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
Aug. 12 – TBA
September 16 – Noon to 3 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
November 11 – TBA
***Also on our calendar is RagFest 2017!***
October 21, 12 to 6 p.m.; 8 to 10:30 p.m. Venue TBA

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 information!

2017 OCRS Flyer PDF


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