Date posted: 07/21/2011
Boogie Down at the Ragtime Festival – August 12-14
The Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival returns again near Jackson for the 2011 season from August 12-14. The event will celebrate all things ragtime with exciting solo performances and talented bands alike. All weekend long there will be shows from some ragtime greats, with Saturday being the biggest day when all the performers will be in attendance themselves. This is one of the most unique ragtime festivals in the nation, so if you are in the area, you should definitely check it out!
Some of the performers include Patrick Aranda, a famous Southern Californian who is one of ragtime’s top performers today. He plays the piano, sings, and performs on the trombone and tuba, among other exciting surprise talents. Jack and Chris Bradshaw will return again this year to perform popular rags, marches, and new numbers for all to enjoy. Ragtime prodigy Tom Brier will also be in attendance, playing his amazing rapid-fire left hand runs and numerous original ragtime compositions. Brier has wowed audiences since 2001, where he debuted to a jaw-dropping performance at the Scott Joplin Festival. The virtuoso sounds of piano, tuba, and drums make up The Crown Syncopators who will also be performing throughout the festival. Marty Eggers, first-class pianist and bassist will be present as well. Other notable performers include Frederick Hodges, Stevens Price, John Remmers, Keith Taylor, and Virginia Tichenor. The Town Square Harmonizers will sing around town during the entire weekend.
Ragtime became popular in the early 1900s, with a strong influence on the syncopated rhythm. It began as essentially a mix between a John Philips Sousa march and certain African music themes. It was first heard in the red-light districts of St. Louis and New Orleans before gaining wider popularity in later years. Scott Joplin is often referred to as the “King of Ragtime” and became known for his most famous piece “Maple Leaf Rag.” The genre has had some falling out but over time has had many revivals and continues today to be a favorite of many influential musicians all over the nation. The Sutter Creak Ragtime Festival, not far from Jackson, will be a great time and is a great event for the whole family to enjoy some classic ragtime music!
For more information, please visit http://www.suttercreekragtime.com/