2014 Festival XXVIII Information
November 21-23, 2014
This page updated 11/19/2014 Previous update 11/15/2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
Party and Dinner - Sunday, 5:30 pm, Rancho Cordova
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.