Special Shows & Events §
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|New Ragtime and Terra
Friday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Martinique
Composers/Pianists Scott Kirby, David Thomas Roberts, and Frank French will perform a set of original works, all composed by these three festival performers. Three decades of music will cover a wide range of syncopated (and largely romantic) American languages, and will include contemporary rags, habaneras, waltzes, danzas, and some styles which transcend the traditional, danced-based categorizations. Emceed by Jack Rummel.
Friday, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Martinique
With so many performers, and a few who haven’t appeared here for a few years, how do you decide who to hear? This is your chance to hear new and returning performers play in their own unique styles. In addition, this year’s Festival Sampler will offer a preview of events over the festival weekend. Featured performers include: Paul Asaro, Jeff Barnhart, Big Mama Sue & Fast Eddie, Ann Gibson, Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra, Frederick Hodges, Ivory & Gold Trio, Martin Jaeger, Scott Kirby, Carl Sonny Leyland, Mike Lipskin, Larisa Migachyov, Bob Pinsker, Christoph Schmetterer, Morgan Siever, Adam Swanson, Ian & Regina Whitcomb, and Dick Zimmerman. Emceed by Jack Rummel.
Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 pm, Martinique
Here’s your chance to strut your stuff. Everyone gets to do the cakewalk, the high-kicking, bending, bowing dance style of the Turn of the Century, to the music of the Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble.
If you’d like to really know the steps, go the Cakewalk Dance Class on Friday at 5:45 pm in J.B.’s Lounge, taught by our head dance instructor, Bruce Mitchell.
Even if you can’t make the class, get to the Martinique Ballroom at 8:00 pm, where the dance floor will be open for all. And when the cakewalk is over, there’s a slice of cake for everyone.
Friday, 10:00 – 11:00 pm, Martinique
Frederick Hodges accompanies two movies from the 1920s. David Shepard [interview], an internationally renowned film preservationist, is providing both the silent movies and historical commentary about the films. Shepard’s company, Film Preservation Associates, is responsible for many high quality DVD versions of silent films. Shepard began restoring films when he joined the American Film Institute in 1968 as one of their first staff members. In 1987, he bought the Blackhawk Films library. Mr. Shepard is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The silent movies are:
Pass the Gravy (1928, Hal Roach Studios) is a hilarious comedy starring Max Davidson, in which a difficult neighbors' prize-winning chicken ends up being served for dinner.
One Week (1920, Metro Pictures) stars Buster Keaton as a newly married man who receives among his wedding gifts a kit house that can be built in one week. Hilarity and disaster strike when Buster gets the crates containing house parts mixed up.
Saturday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Martinique
Every tune in this show is from 1910, when ragtime was the rage in America. Featured performers: Jeff Barnhart, Nan Bostick, Tom Brier, Crown Syncopators, Richard Dowling, Marty Eggers, Ann Gibson, Frederick Hodges, Max Keenlyside, Carl Sonny Leyland, Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, Ragnolia Ragtette, Ragtime Skedaddlers, Adam Swanson, Craig Ventresco & Meredith Axelrod, and Dick Zimmerman. Emceed by Jeff Barnhart.
Saturday, 8:00 pm, Martinique
Hundreds of marchers parade through the hotel in the tradition of the ragtime era, led by the Fresno High School Ragtime Band. This year, the Fresno High School Ragtime Band will begin their set at 7:30 pm in Martinique, and the Grand March will take place at 8:00 pm. So put on your finest attire and join the big parade!
|Late Night Variety Show
Saturday, 9:45 – 11:00 pm, Martinique
Solos, duos, ragtime songs, and a lot of fun! Featured performers include: Paul Asaro, Jeff Barnhart, Tom Brier, Helen Burns, Richard Dowling, Marty Eggers, Ann Gibson, Frederick Hodges, Ivory & Gold Trio, Carl Sonny Leyland, Mike Lipskin, Adam Swanson, Virginia Tichenor, Stephanie Trick, Ian Whitcomb, and Dick Zimmerman. Emceed by Jeff Barnhart.
Sunday, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Martinique
The future of ragtime depends on the ragtime playing youth of today, so our festival provides opportunities for outstanding young ragtimers to spotlight their talents. All our youth performers are in this one show. Vincent Johnson, Max Keenlyside, Will Perkins, Morgan Siever, Sergey Smirnov, and Adam Swanson. Emceed by Stephanie Trick.
Sunday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Martinique
Come hear highlights of the festival all in one show for the last special concert of the festival. In a variety show format, the show features many festival performers including: Paul Asaro, Jeff Barnhart, Tom Bopp, Nan Bostick, Tom Brier, Crown Syncopators, Richard Dowling, Marty Eggers, Ann Gibson, Frederick Hodges, Ivory & Gold Trio, Max Keenlyside, Scott Kirby, Carl Sonny Leyland, Will Perkins, Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, Ragnolia Ragtette, Raspberry Jam Band, Adam Swanson, Virginia Tichenor, Stephanie Trick, Craig Ventresco & Meredith Axelrod, Terry Waldo, and Dick Zimmerman. Emceed by Merv Graham.
Sunday, 5:30 pm, Coffee Garden Restaurant
One last chance to hear great ragtime! The hotel provides a buffet dinner and the bar is available. Seating capacity is limited, so buy your tickets ahead for this event to be assured a seat. Tickets will be on sale at Red Lion during the festival weekend.