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RagFest 2018 is coming to Curtis Theatre

RagFest, Orange County’s annual festival of ragtime music, comes to the Curtis Theatre in Brea on Saturday, Sept. 29. The festival starts at noon and runs through 6 pm and features a ragtime revue show at 8 pm.

Drop in on the Curtis for RagFest and you’ll be immersed in a wonderful afternoon and evening of toe-tapping syncopation, all courtesy of some of the most amazing keyboard wizards you’ve ever seen – or heard! Get ready for an entire afternoon of great ragtime through half-hour showcase sets – then, after the dinner break, a formal ragtime revue show on the Curtis stage.

The roster for RagFest 2018 includes Michael Chisholm, the vaudeville duo of Evans & RogersVincent Johnson, Brad Kay, Bob Pinsker, Ryan Wishner and banjo player Jimmy Green. Returning from last year are three current or former Disneyland Coke Corner pianists: Andrew Barrett, Paul Orsi and Johnny Hodges. The Out of Tuners, a six-piece ragtime band, will be making its festival debut. Pianist and composer John Reed-Torres is also on the bill for the first time since RagFest 2012, and RagFest’s founding artistic director, Eric Marchese, will MC the revue show and contribute some solo piano.

All attendees of  RagFest 2018 are encouraged to get into the spirit by wearing ragtime-era garb similar to that of the performers – anything from the 1890s through the 1910s that fits the period of the music. The Curtis Theatre will create a lawn party atmosphere that festival-goers can enhance by bringing their own food and drink to create and enjoy a picnic. This is a new feature of the event that will make RagFest even more fun for everyone!

Ticket prices are $15 per person for the afternoon segment, $20 per person for the evening show, and $30 per person for the entire festival (both segments if purchased simultaneously). Tickets are now on sale to the public online at curtistheatre.com and also by phone, in person and by mail.


The Orange County Ragtime Society

2018 Dates

February 17 – Noon to 2:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
March 17 – Noon to 2:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
April 21 – 1:30 to 4 p.m., Bradford House
May 19 – 1:30 to 4 p.m., Bradford House
June 16 – 2 to 3:30 p.m., Nixon Library
July 5 – 7:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
July 21 – Noon to 2:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
Aug. 19 – 2 to 3:30 p.m., Nixon Library
October 20 – 2 to 3:30 p.m., Nixon Library
November 10 – Noon to 2:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Center
***Also on our calendar is RagFest 2018!***
September 29, 12 to 6 p.m.; 8 to 10:30 p.m. Curtis Theatre, Brea

Come on along and hear terrific pianists from all over Southern California playing ragtime and ragtime-related music. You'll hear pianists, singers and a variety of musical instruments performing the best in vintage and contemporary ragtime music. The July 5 Muckenthaler Center and all three Nixon Library shows are special concert events; all others are regular format events, meaning that anyone with demonstrated ability as a ragtime pianist is welcome to take the stage. RagFest 2018 is our 18th consecutive ragtime festival - so join us to help celebrate this annual event and a whole lot of wonderful ragtime music!

2018 OCRS Flyer

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