The three-day Oakhurst Ragtime Festival kicks-off Friday, April 19, with a 5:30 p.m. dinner-concert at the Oakhurst Community Center featuring 17 year-old award winning pianist Diego Bustamante, of Paradise.
In addition to Bustamante, performers at this year’s festival will be pianists Tom Brier, Jack and Chris Bradshaw, Larisa Migachyov, John Reed-Torres, Steve and Robyn Drivon on drums and tuba, and Julia Riley on flute.
Steve Drivon also sings hilarious ragtime tunes, and these will be featured on the program as well.
Music to be performed during the festival will range from century-old Scott Joplin tunes to the modern ragtime compositions of today.
Solos, piano duos, and various combinations of players will perform throughout the weekend.
Tickets for the April 29 three-soup and salad dinner, including dessert, and concert cost $16. Concert only tickets cost $10.
Saturday’s program begins at 2 p.m. at the community center and features an afternoon of great music and an ice cream social all for $6 per person. Billed as a ‘family concert,’ children accompanied with their parents, will be admitted free.
Saturday evening features a pulled pork dinner (pork, rice, creamed corn, coleslaw and dessert) at 5:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 6:30. Cost of dinner and concert is $20 (concert only - $10 at the door).
Saturday’s concert will feature pianists Brier, the Bradshaws,the Drivons, Riley, Migachyov, and Reed-Torres who have delighted audiences at the Festival in past years. Bustamante will also perform Saturday.
Sunday at Oakhurst Luthern Church
The festival concludes 1 - 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1, at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church (by donation). Refreshments will be served following the concert. The church is located at 39800 Crane Valley Road (426) at Black Road.
“We are looking forward to another weekend of rousing, toe-tapping ragtime music and good food,” said Marty Pupka, chairman of the Oakhurst Ragtime Association. “These performers will play ragtime tunes ranging in styles from the refined Victorian parlors to the most raucous of barrooms. With happy music played by seasoned performers and great food, this promises to be a fun-filled weekend.”
The festival is sponsored by The Oakhurst Ragtime Association in conjunction with the Gold Dust Dancers and the Oakhurst Community Center, with support of the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, the Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau, and the Oakhurst Lutheran Church.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Dorsey’s Hallmark, Oakhurst Giftworks, and Coarsegold Mountain Feed. Tickets for all three events (April 29 through May 1) are $40 per person.
Details: For tickets or reservations, (559) 683-7860.
Oakhurst Ragtime Festival Committee