The weekend of April 13-15 will prove to be filled with rousing music and good food for ragtime fans abound. The Ragtime Festival will bring musicians from around the state and as far as Idaho to Oakhurst for three days.
Opening night lands on Friday the thirteenth, and festival organizers say Ragtime Razzmatazz musicians promise an evening of “wild merriment and music free-for-alls.”
Also performing over the weekend is a composer and a Carnegie Hall performer, Larisa Migachyov, as well as,Will Perkins who began performing at age 14 and is currently studying at Brigham Young University.
Two popular Southern California composers, musicians, and pianists John Reed-Torres and Vincent Johnson will be joined by Sacramento’s Steve and Robyn Drivon on drums and tuba and Julia Riley on flute. Steve will also perform a few hilarious ragtime-era tunes.
Saturday afternoon’s performance will feature youth performer, Anthony Sarginson, 16, from Clovis. Sarginson is now studying with Professor Andreas Wertz at Fresno State.
With solos, duos, one or two pianos, drums, vocals and flute, the program will provide entertainment for all.
The Oakhurst Ragtime Association, under the leadership of Marty Pupka, will open the festival at the Oakhurst Community Center Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 and close the event at Oakhurst Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 15.
☆ Friday evening, April 13: 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6:30- 9:30 p.m. Ragtime Razzmataz. Dinner and music $16 or $20 at the door. Music $12 at the door.
☆ Saturday afternoon, April 14: 1:30-2:00 p.m., Ice Cream Social featuring youth performer Anthony Sarginson, 2:00-4:30 p.m. Ragtime Concert, $7.50 at the door. Kids admitted free with an adult.
☆ Saturday evening, April 14: 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6:30-9:00 pm, Ragtime Concert. Dinner and music $20 or $24 at the door. Music $12 at the door.
☆ Sunday afternoon, April 15: 1:00-3:00 p.m. finale concert by donation.
Details: Tickets are available at Dorsey’s Hallmark or Oakhurst Giftworks, or by phone at (559) 683-7860. More info at Oakhurst Ragtime Festival’s Facebook Page.