West Coast Ragtime Society
2014 Festival XXVIII Information
November 21-23, 2014
This page updated 11/19/2014     Previous update 11/15/2014

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BIG NEWS for 2014  Besides our usual fantastic lineup of performers, special shows, seminars, and dancing (drum roll please) is the festival's NEW HOME: the beautiful Marriott Rancho Cordova Sacramento. So make your reservations, order your festival badges, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for a brand new beginning at our beautiful new home.

More Good News  There is no increase in room rates! Click her for hotel information and reservations.

A Little Fanfare The Society produces the world's premiere annual ragtime festival in Sacramento, California, the ragtime capital of the world! There's lots and lots of great music from the finest musicians and groups from the U.S. and other countries, spread over three days in convenient multiple venues, including dancing, all at a very reasonable price. This well-managed festival can proudly state that no other festival offers such a terrific program!

Expect A Great Time At The Festival  Don't expect to wait around to hear ragtime! It begins Friday at noon and goes until 11 PM and continues Saturday from 9 AM to 11 PM and Sunday from 9 AM until 5 PM. And you can expect after-hours Ragtime Friday and Saturday nights from 11 PM to, well, let's say late.

We have six venues all on the ground floor level, which run simultaneously, almost nonstop throughout the three days of the festival. They do close for short periods on a rotating schedule for piano tuning and room setup. There are Ragtime Stores where you can purchase our performers' music and recordings, as well as vintage clothing and accessories.

Festival Volunteers  The festival would not be possible without our volunteers. Volunteers, in exchange for their time can attend performances and special shows during their off-hours. To volunteer or for information click here to send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator, or send a mail request to

West Coast Ragtime Society, Volunteers, P. O. Box 13346, Sacramento, CA 95813-3346

Last Year's Festival  For an idea of a West Coast Ragtime Festival, be sure to check information (e.g., performers, schedule, etc) on last year's Festival. Also check back and take a look at pictures from the Festival.

List of Performers

Individual Performers: Paolo Alderighi, Cleve Baker, Clint Baker, Jeff Barnhart, Andrew Barrett, Mimi Blais, Tom Bopp, Jack & Chris Bradshaw, Tom Brier, Danny Coots, Jared DiBartolomeo, Richard Dowling, Robyn & Steve Drivon, Marty Eggers, Joyce Grant, Rosemary Hallum, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Steve Johnson, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Carl Sonny Leyland, Jonathan Meredith, Larisa Migachyov, Ezequiel Palleja, David Thomas Roberts, Jack Rummel, Christoph Schmetterer, Sean Sharp, David Shepard, Patrick Skiffington, Adam Swanson, Virginia Tichenor, Stephanie Trick, Kitty Wilson

Youth Performers: Diego Bustamante, Vincent Johnson, Florian Krüger, Enya Kuo, Frank LiVolsi, Graham Messer, John Reed-Torres, Daniel Souvigny, Ryan Wishner
Groups: Big Mama Sue & Eddie Erickson, Crown Syncopators, Ivory & Gold®, Pacific 
Coast Ragtime Orchestra, Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, Ragtime Skedaddlers, 
Ragnolia Ragtette, Raspberry Jam Band, Sullivans/Drivons
Seminar Presenters: Ramona Baker, Richard Dowling, Max Keenlyside, Max Morath, Terry 
Parrish, Jack Rummel
Dance Instructors & Accompanists: Richard Duree, Stan Isaacs, Bruce Mitchell. Piano accompanists: Stanly Stern & Marti Lindholm. (See instruction schedule below.)

Theme Sets & Special Shows  The festival includes many "themed" performances that cover particular aspects of ragtime and related music. There are also special shows that are more theatrical or involve the attendees, for example, the Festival Sampler and the Grand March. Click here for a list of these events.

Pre Festival Warm-up  We will again have a free, no-host pre-festival warm-up beginning at 7:30 PM on Thursday evening November 20, 2014. There is no charge or badges required. Pianos will be provided.  It is open to all:  ragtime fans, the merely curious, musicians (of course),  and passers by.

Annual Meeting  The Annual Meeting of the Ragtime Society will be held on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM. Location to be announced. There will be an election of individual 2014 Directorships. Voting is by WCRS members only.
Dance Instruction  Dance instruction is held on all three days of the Festival. The schedule below is preliminary and may change slightly when the festival performance schedule is finalized.
Friday 11/21 Saturday 11/22 Sunday 11/23
1:30-2:00 pm Bruce (Basic One Step) 10:00-10:30 am Richard (Waltz Techniques 10:00-10:30 am Stan (Review)
2:00-2:30 pm Stan (Two-Step) 10:30-11:00 am Bruce (Fox Trot) 10:30-11:00 am Richard (Review)
2:30-3:00 pm Richard (Tango Variations) 11:00-11:30 am Stan (Tango & Partnering) 11:00-11:30 am Bruce (Review)
5:00-05:30 pm Stan (Castle Walk) 04:00-04:30 pm Bruce (One-Step Variations)
5:30-06:00 pm Richard (Waltz Techniques) 04:30-05:00 pm Stan (Fox Trot Variations)
6:00-06:30 pm Bruce (Cake Walk Fun) 05:00-05:30 pm Richard (Tango - Advanced)

Open Piano  Open piano will be held throughout the Festival. Open Piano is a chance for ANYONE to get up and play--even if you only know one number!  To sign up, see the MC, who will take your name, tell you when it's your turn to play, and introduce you. The schedule will be announced later.

After Hours  After hour sessions, another festival tradition,  are held Friday and Saturday from 11 PM till the wee hours. All are welcome to play and socialize, with the only "rule" being to yield the stage after a reasonable time if someone else is waiting for a chance to play.

Post-Festival Party and Dinner - Sunday, 5:30 pm, Rancho Cordova
One last chance to hear great ragtime! The hotel provides a plated 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 the festival registration desk during the festival weekend.

More Information  If you haven't found the festival information you were looking for, click here to email a request for Festival Information, You contact us by phone; the Sacramento area number is (916) 457-3324 or you may call toll-free at 1-866-724-9273. To contact us by postal mail, click here for the address on the Contact Us page.

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