West Coast Ragtime Society

Last Updated 5/6/2017

In Memoriam: Larry Karp

The dates for the 2017 West Coast Ragtime Festival will be November 17-19, 2017. We will once again be at the Marriott Rancho Cordova.

Order badges now! In addition, you are now able to reserve your room at the Marriott.

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Welcome to the West Coast Ragtime Society web site where you will find information on our annual Ragtime Festival, ragtime event calendars, and ragtime links. Our annual Festival is held the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. Click here to jump to the 2017 Festival Home Page.

What is the West Coast Ragtime Society? The West Coast Ragtime Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established for the preservation and promotion of Ragtime and vintage American music.

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!

The Society was founded by ragtime enthusiasts in Fresno, California in the 1980s. The first ten festivals were produced in Fresno from 1987 to 1996. In 1997, the Society transferred its base of operations and the Festival to Sacramento. The 30th Festival will be held November 18 through 20, 2016.

Your WCRS Membership Will Be Well Appreciated Annual membership dues in the Society are $20 for Individual Membership and $30 for Couple Membership. (Membership becomes due on December 31 of each year.) To join or renew your membership, CLICK HERE. Your membership serves as a vote of confidence, helps cover Society expenses, nets you discounts for WCRS sponsored concerts, places you on the mailing list to receive our West Coast Ragtimer published two or three times per year, and makes you welcome at WCRS Board meetings (not to mention, vulnerable for volunteer work). Click here for archived newsletters.

When does the Society meet? The Society meets once a year for the Annual Meeting which is held during the Festival. At the meeting, the membership elects the Board of Directors and conducts other business that may come before the Society. Throughout the remainder of the year, the Board of Directors meets once a month in Sacramento, CA to conduct Society business and plan the annual Festival. Members are always welcome to attend any Board of Directors meeting. 

Tax Deductible Contributions We will be pleased to accept your tax deductible contributions to the Society.  If you wish to join the Society and also make a contribution, go to Membership Page. Or if  you wish to be on our mailing list and also make a contribution, go to Mailing List Page.

Mailing List For no charge, we will place you on our mailing list to receive information about the West Coast Ragtime Festival and ragtime events that we sponsor in the Sacramento, California area. Go to Mailing List Page to request that we add  you to the list.

More Information? Contact us.

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Other Local Events of Interest
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NOTE: This is a PARTIAL LISTING for Northern California. For full listings use the Calendars menu (top of the page) and select
West Coast States.
May 6
Sat
2:00 pm

Adam Swanson
House concert
Sutter Creek, CA

May 6
Sat
7:30 pm

Silent Film Show
William S. Hart Night
with Jeff Rapsis
Fremont, CA

May 6-7
Sat/Sun
2:00 pm

Scott Kirby
House concerts
San Francisco, CA

May 7
Sun
2:00 pm

Adam Swanson
House concert
El Sobrante, CA

May 9
Tue
5-8 pm

Frederick Hodges
Pier 23 Cafe
San Francisco, CA

May 10
Wed
5:30-7:30 pm
Virginia Tichenor, Marty Eggers & Carl Lunsford
Belrose Theater
San Rafael, CA
May 12
Tue
7 pm

Scott Kirby
House Concert
Campbell, CA

May 13
Sat
7:30 pm

Silent Film Show
Rin Tin Tin Night
with Frederick Hodges
Fremont, CA

May 16
Tue
5-8 pm

Virginia Tichenor
Pier 23 Cafe
San Francisco, CA

May 20
Sat
7:30 pm

Silent Film Show
Comedy Shorts Night
with Greg Pane
Fremont, CA

May 23
Tue
5-8 pm

Crown Syncopators
Pier 23 Cafe
San Francisco, CA

May 27
Sat
7:30 pm

Silent Film Show
Alfred Hitchcock Night
with Judy Rosenberg
Fremont, CA

May 30
Tue
5-8 pm

Marty Eggers
Pier 23 Cafe
San Francisco, CA

Jun 1-4
Thu-Sun

Silent Film Festival
Castro Theatre
San Francisco, CA

Jun 2
Fri
7-9 pm

Virginia Tichenor
and others
Caffe Trieste
Oakland, CA

Jun 6
Tue
5-8 pm

Squeek Steele
Pier 23 Cafe
San Francisco, CA

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