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Due to lack of a venue, OCRS will be dark on our next scheduled date (Saturday, August 15). Right now, finding a venue (or venues) for RagFest, and for our specialty Joe Lamb concert, take priority over routine OCRS musicales (such as this month’s or the one we hold a few weeks after RagFest). I obviously want us to have all of these, but the festival is a crucial event, and the Lamb performance is pretty important too. So please stay tuned and I’ll keep everyone posted.

If you have any questions, contact Eric Marchese: emarchesewriter@gmail.com).

RagFest 2014 was a big hit with fans

Paul Orsi

Erika C. Miller

Eric Marchese

Gary Rametta, Bill Mitchell, Paul Orsi, Brad Kay, Eric Marchese, Marea Boylan, Jimmy Green & Andrew Barrett

RagFest 2014 was a big hit with fans, drawing attendance of 130 during the two-day festival (October 18 and 19) at Steamers Jazz Club and Café in downtown Fullerton.
Highlights of the weekend included the festival debuts of The White Star Line Ragtimers and soloists Paul Orsi and Tim Rotolo.
The White Star group is led by Frank Sano, whom festival audiences know as the founder of the Albany Nightboat Ragtimers. Orsi was a Disneyland pianist from 1983 to 1993. After a more than 20-year absence from the public eye, he returned to ragtime performance in 2014 and was RagFest’s headliner, appearing on both days of the festival. At age 21, recent college graduate Rotolo had already appeared at several Northern California festivals – notably the West Coast and Sutter Creek ragtime festivals – before making his first appearance at RagFest.
Returning from RagFest 2013 were Tom Marion and his Ragtime String Trio and pianists Ryan Wishner and John Reed-Torres. Audiences, in fact, got plenty of great solo piano all weekend long from Brad Kay, Doug Haise, Andrew Barrett, Vincent Johnson, Gary Rametta and Eric Marchese.
The festival also featured great vocal entertainment from the vaudeville duo of Evans & Rogers and from ragtime singer and audience favorite Erika C. Miller. The piano-banjo duo of Bill Mitchell and Jimmy Green also provided a musical change of pace.
Many audience members lauded the event as either “the best” of the 14 RagFests held since October, 2000, or “one of the best” in recent years.
RagFest 2015, the festival’s 15th anniversary, is scheduled for October 17-18, 2015. Be sure to mark your calendars now!

2014 Photos
- 2014 RagFest Photo Page 1
- 2014 RagFest Photo Page 2

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., TBA
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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