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It’s time to mark October 18 and 19
on your calendars for RagFest 2014!

“Perfessor” Bill Edwards

Erika C. Miller

Eric Marchese

Janet Klein

Andrew Barrett

Front: Ragtime pianists Vincent Johnson, Doug Haise, Gary Rametta, Ryan Wishner, Eric Marchese and Bill Mitchell. Back row and seated in the RagFest Model T: Ragtime pianists Bob Pinsker, Andrew Barrett, Eugene Shin and Will Bennett.

Get ready for two afternoons of great ragtime performance at Steamers Jazz Club and Café. The format will be similar to previous RagFests: Each act will take the stage and present sets running in length from a half-hour to 45 minutes. This year’s festival features several new acts and several more which were introduced at the last two RagFests. The talent roster is rounded out with some familiar faces who have performed at the festival for most of the past decade.

Eric Marchese, RagFest’s founding artistic director, promises plenty of variety. “We have two all-new acts: The White Star Line Ragtimers, and soloist Paul Orsi.” The White Star group is led by Frank Sano, whom festival audiences know from the Albany Nightboat Ragtimers. Orsi was a Disneyland pianist for a decade, from the early ’80s to the early ’90s.

Several acts introduced at RagFests 2013 and 2012 are back. These include Tom Marion and his Ragtime String Trio; and Gary Rametta, Ryan Wishner, and John Reed-Torres, all solo pianists. Audiences will recognize the duo of pianist Bill Mitchell and banjoist Jimmy Green and the vaudeville duo of Evans & Rogers. Marchese points up the fact that the festival offers “many great solo pianists” – Bob Pinsker, Doug Haise, Andrew Barrett and Vincent Johnson – plus “great vocal acts” like ragtime singer Erika C. Miller. Marchese himself will act as MC, accompany Miller and do a set of solo piano.

This year’s festival runs at Steamers from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. Tickets are $10 per person, with kids 12 and under free. There will be no advance sales – all tickets will be sold at the door. Attendees can purchase their tickets with cash or by check (made out to Friends of Jazz). [NOTE: Please do not make checks out to “RagFest.” Checks should be made out to Friends of Jazz. Thank you!]

Review of RagFest 2013 by Fred Hoeptner
2013 Photo Page 1
2013 Photo Page 2

RagFest 2014 Schedule

10/18/2014, Steamers Jazz Club

12 noon - John Reed-Torres
12:45 p.m. - Andrew Barrett
1:30 p.m. - White Star Line Ragtime Ensemble
2:15 p.m. - Ryan Wishner
3:00 p.m. - Paul Orsi
3:45 p.m. - Evans & Rogers
4:30 p.m. - Vincent Johnson
5:15 p.m. - Tim Rotolo

10/19/2014, Steamers Jazz Club

12 noon - Doug Haise
12:40 p.m. - Eric Marchese
1:20 p.m. - Mitchell & Green
2 p.m. - Gary Rametta
2:40 p.m. - Erika C. Miller
3:20 p.m. - Andrew Barrett
4:00 p.m. - Paul Orsi
4:40 p.m. - Tom Marion & his Ragtime String Trio
5:20 p.m. - Brad Kay

The Orange County Ragtime Society

2014 dates:
October 18-19: RagFest from noon to 6:00 p.m. Steamers Jazz Club

November 15- 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club

There is no cover charge or admission price for OCRS meets RagFest will have a $10.00 per day charge. 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!

2014 OCRS Flyer PDF

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