West Coast Ragtime Society
31st Annual Ragtime Festival
November 17-19, 2017
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And we're loving it! Attendees and performers alike are giving the new digs thumbs up. It’s beginning to feel like home. The Marriott has again made improvements to further enhance your festival experience. And the Society, as you’ve come to expect, has once again put together a fantastic performer lineup, special shows, seminars, and dancing. Order your badges early to take advantage of the discounted prices and start planning for another terrific ragtime festival.


Festival Location: Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova
11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, California 95742
The Marriott is about 15 miles east of Sacramento, just off Hwy 50
at the Sunrise Blvd exit. It's about a 20-minute drive. See the Official Festival Hotel page for more detailed directions, or use the Google map to the right.

You do not need to be a guest of the hotel to attend the festival. Everyone is welcome. You only need to register at the Festival Registration desk or pre-register online for one or more days.

Alternate Accommodations: Holiday Inn
The Marriott is now fully booked for the 2017 festival, but you also can get a special rate at the Holiday Inn next door:

Holiday Inn
11269 Point East Dr
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 635-4040

Ask for their festival rate of $100 per night.

A Little Fanfare The Society produces the world's premiere annual ragtime festival in Sacramento area (Rancho Cordova), 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 West Coast Ragtime Festival, be sure to check information (e.g., performers, schedule, etc) on last year's Festival.

2017 Performers

Individual Performers (so far): Elliott Adams, Paulo Alderighi, Nick Arteaga, Cleve Baker, Clint Baker, Tom Barnebey, Jeff Barnhart, Ed Berlin, Jack Bradshaw, Michael Chisholm, Danny Coots, Kylan deGhetaldi, Jared DiBartolomeo, Richard Dowling, Marty Eggers, Lisa Gonick, Andrew Greene, Dale Hadley, Rosemary Hallum, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Vincent Johnson, Max Keenlyside, Carl Sonny Leyland, Frank LiVolsi, Carl Lunsford, Jonathan Meredith, Larisa Migachyov, Ezequiel Palleja, Jimin Park, Will Perkins, David Thomas Roberts, Jack Rummel, Christoph Schmetterer, Sean Sharp, Martin Spitznagel, Squeek Steele, Adam Swanson, Virginia Tichenor, John Reed-Torres, Stephanie Trick, Ian Whitcomb, Richard Zimmerman. See the Performers link from the right-side menu for biographical information and more.

Youth Performers: As usual you can expect a fine collection of youth ragtime performers as well, e.g. Ramona Baker, Diego Bustamante, Althea Sung-Miller, Oliver Moore, Ryan Wishner.

Groups: Our festival once more will have a number of ensembles for your enjoyment and dancing, e.g. Ivory&Gold®, Raspberry Jam Band Trio, The Bradshaws, Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, Sullivans/Drivons, Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra.

Seminar Presenters: Max Morath: Goodbye Ragtime, Hello Jazz; Andrew Greene: Orchestrations of Scott Joplin's Music; Ed Berlin: Scott Joplin's Personality — Characteristics and Contradictions; Frederick Hodges: Fred Astaire in Ragtime; Ryan Wishner: The "When" and "Where" of Ragtime's Beginnings; Richard Zimmerman: Ragtime Revivals — The First 75 Years

Dance Instructor: Bruce Mitchell, Richard Duree, Stan Isaacs
Accompanists: Stanley Stern, Mario Ojeda

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. Check back later for a list of these events.
Dance Instruction  Dance instruction is held on all three days of the Festival. 

Note: Please check the dance times when you arrive as they may be different than listed below.

Friday: 11/17
1:30 - 2:00 Bruce (Basic One-Step)
2:00 - 2:30 Richard (Waltz Techniques)
2:30 - 3:00 Stan (Two-Step)
5:00 - 5:30 Richard (Waltz Techniques)
5:30 - 6:00 Stan (Fox Trot)
6:00 - 6:30 Bruce (Cake Walk)

Saturday: 11/18
10:00 - 10:30 Stan (Tango)
10:30 - 11:00 Bruce (Fox Trot)
11:00 - 11:30 Richard (Waltz Techniques)
4:00 - 4:30 Bruce (One-Step Variations)
4:30 - 5:00 Richard (Waltz Variations)
5:00 - 5:30 Stan (Two-Step)

Sunday: 11/19
11:00 - 12:00 “Ragtime Dance Party” with Richard, Stand & Bruce

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 open piano schedule will appear in the festival program and full schedule when available.

Ragtime Stores: Visit the Ragtime Stores in the Santa Rosa Room and the Boardroom for all your ragtime music and apparel needs. Performers' recordings, folios, vintage clothing and more are available. Click here for details.

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 Room
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 number is (916) 457-3324. To contact us by postal mail, click here for the address on the Contact Us page.

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