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RagFest Performers - A Million Dollars Worth of Talent Comes to Fullerton this October

Bob Pinsker photo
Bob Pinsker
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C.J. Sams

Brad Kay & Vincent Johnson
Brad Kay & Vincent Johnson

Our 2013 RagFest Performers

RagFest 2013 is thrilled to present the Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra, the San Diego-based ragtime orchestra that has entertained festival audiences since 2005.

If you love vocal ragtime, you’ll be delighted by the vaudeville team of Evans & Rogers, featuring Sharon Evans and Rick Rogers. Ragtime vocalist Erika C. Miller has become a festival favorite and will be featured throughout the weekend. Perhaps the most exciting and ambitious act to be presented at RagFest each year is that of Brad Kay & Those Syncopating Songbirds. Brad is a pianist, arranger, collector and historian, and his shows feature unusual and obscure vocal numbers from the dawn of the 20th century, sung by a talented collection of singers who are also terrific all-around entertainers.

This year’s festival also, of course, features its share of solo pianists. Many of these, such as Andrew Barrett, Vincent Johnson and Eric Marchese, are also talented composers of contemporary ragtime piano music. Pianist, collector and historian Bob Pinsker brings his vast and deep knowledge to RagFest each year and is often heard playing his violin or singing a vintage ragtime song while accompanying himself on piano. The weekend’s other solo pianists are Shirley Case and Gary Rametta John Reed-Torres and Ryan Wishner.

Here are the performers for RagFest 2013. Click on the links to see more information.

Meredith Axelrod, vocal
Andrew Barrett, piano, washboard, drums
Shirley Case, piano
Bill Edwards, Piano
Jimmy Green, banjo
Vincent Johnson, piano
Brad Kay, piano, cornet
Eric Marchese, piano
Erika C. Miller, vocal
Bill Mitchell, piano
Bob Pinsker, piano, violin
Gary Rametta, piano
John Reed-Torres, piano
Evans & Rogers, vaudevillians
Ryan Wishner, piano

Brad Kay and Those Syncopating Songbirds, vaudevillians
Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra, ragtime band
The California Feetwarmers, band
Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys, vintage band
Tom Marion and his Ragtime String Trio, ragtime band

While not a ragtime musical performer, Storm Case often captures the moment with his visual artwork. See some examples here.

RagFest Remembers

We lost Nan Bostick last year and remember her with a special memorial page - We Remember

Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra
Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra

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Redhatters with Pat Aranda

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RagFest Youth Concert


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