|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 & Rogers, Doug Haise, Vincent 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 seven-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.