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RagFest is right around the corner,
and in a whole new venue!

Paul Orsi

Erika C. Miller

Eric Marchese

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club, Orange County Ragtime Society and Friends of Jazz are proud to present RagFest 2015 on October 17th and 18th in downtown Fullerton.

This year’s festival features two full days of music at an all-new venue, FCLO Music Theatre’s rehearsal hall at 218 W. Commonwealth Ave. So circle October 17th and 18th on your calendars, dust off your finest Edwardian-era finery and get ready for Orange County’s 15th ragtime music festival.

On both days, the main stage will feature continuous entertainment from noon to 6 p.m. Guests will also be able to hang out in the beautiful lobby and listen to various ragtimers play an antique upright piano.

Among the headliners are super-talented ragtime pianists Andrew Barrett, Paul Orsi, Vincent Johnson and Bob Pinsker.

Brad Kay will bring his usual blend of obscure piano pieces, vocal numbers and offbeat humor. Lovers of vocal ragtime will enjoy the talents of Erika C. Miller on Saturday, with more great vocal music from the socko vaudeville duo of Evans & Rogers, featured on both days.

The Tom Marion String Trio is back for a second RagFest appearance after making a hit at last year’s festival. More great ragtime string music will be heard by guitarist Phil Cannon, making his RagFest debut.

Plenty of great solo piano will be heard all weekend from the flying fingers of Shirley Case, Doug Haise, Bill Mitchell, Gary Rametta and Ryan Wishner. Festival founder Eric Marchese will also play piano while hosting and MCing the festival.

Admission to RagFest is $10 per person per day, payable at the door. We won’t be taking any reservations in advance, so all seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. Payment can be made at the door with cash or by checks made out to Friends of Jazz.

For more information and details regarding RagFest, contact Eric Marchese at emarchesewriter@gmail.com or 714-836-1104.

Musicians to be featured at RagFest 2015: Andrew Barrett, Phil Cannon, Evans & Rogers, Shirley Case, Doug Haise, Vincent Johnson, Brad Kay, Eric Marchese, Tom Marion String Trio, Erika C. Miller, Bill Mitchell, Paul Orsi, Bob Pinsker, Gary Rametta, Ryan Wishner.

For the complete schedule of RagFest 2015, click here.

The Orange County Ragtime Society

2015 dates:
February 21, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
March 21, Noon to 3 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
April 18, Noon to 3 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club

May 16, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
June 20, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
July 18, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Steamers Jazz Club
August - DARK

September 19, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Bradford House, See Above
November 21, 1 to 4:30 p.m., TBA

***Also on our calendar is RAGFEST 2015!***
October 17, Noon to 6 p.m., TBA
October 18, Noon to 6 p.m., 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!

OCRS 2015 Flyer
2015 OCRS Flyer PDF

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