West Coast Ragtime Society
29th Annual Ragtime Festival
November 20-22, 2015
This page updated 11/10/2015     Previous update 11/1/2015

NOTICE! Rooms at the Marriott Rancho Cordova are SOLD OUT!
Click here for information about overflow rooms at the nearby Hyatt House hotel.

GOOD NEWS for 2015  Last year's festival attendees and performers alike loved the new festival home, the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova. Happily, we're back for 2015. And the Marriott has made several improvements to further enhance festival experience. Once again we have a fantastic performer lineup, special shows, seminars, and dancing. Make your room reservation and order your badges early to take advantage the discounted prices, and get ready for another terrific 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..
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 for one or more days online. Click here.

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.

FFestival 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.

2016 Performers

Individual Performers: Elliott Adams, Cleve Baker, Tom Barnebey,Anne Barnhart, Jeff Barnhart, Andrew Barrett, Tom Bopp, Chris Bradshaw, Jack Bradshaw, Tom Brier, Jared DiBartolomeo, Neville Dickie, Robin & Steve Drivon (The Drivons), Marty Eggers, Joyce Grant, Gary Greenlund, Rosemary Hallum, John Hancock, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Martin Jäger & Felix Fürer, Steve Johnson, Vincent Johnson, Max Keenlyside, Scott Kirby, Carl Sonny Leyland, Frank LiVolsi, Jonathan Meredith, Paul Orsi, Ezequiel Palleja, Will Perkins, David Thomas Roberts, Jack Rummel, Christoph Schmetterer, Sean Sharp, David Shepard, Patrick Skiffington, Ray Skjelbred, Martin Spitznagel, Squeek Steele, Adam Swanson, Virginia Tichenor 
Youth Performers:Ramona Baker, Diego Bustamante, Michael Chisholm, Maurice Imof, Graham Messer, John Reed Torres, Ryan Wishner
Groups: Big Mama Sue & Fast Eddie, Crown Syncopators, Ivory & Gold, Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra, Porcupines, Ragnolia Ragtette, Raspberry Jam Band, Sullivans/Drivons
Seminar Presenters: Bill Edwards, Larry Karp, Max Morath, John Reed Torres, David Reffkin, Galen Wilkes
Dance Instructors: Richard Duree, Stan Isaacs, Bruce Mitchell
Accompanists: Stanley Stern (piano), and Mario Ojeda (violin)

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.

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 19, 2015. 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 22, 2015 at 8:30 AM Folsom room. There will be an election of individual 2015 Directorships. Voting is by WCRS members only.

Dance Instruction  Dance instruction is held on all three days of the Festival. 

Friday: 11/20
01:30 - 02:00 Bruce Basic - One-Step 05:00 - 05:30 Stan - Hesitation Waltz
02:00 - 02:30 Stan - Fox Trot 05:30 - 06:00 Richard - Tango
02:30 - 03:00 Richard - Waltz 06:00 - 06:30 Bruce - Cakewalk

Saturday: 11/21
10:00 - 10:30 Richard - Waltz 04:00 - 04:30 Bruce - One Step Variations
10:30 - 11:00 Bruce - Fox Trot 04:30 - 05:00 Stan - Two-Step Variations
11:00 - 11:30 Stan - Tango 05:00 - 05:30 Richard - Tango Variations

Sunday: 11/22
10:00 - 10:30 Stan - Review
10:30 - 11:00 Richard - Review
11:00 - 11:30 Bruce - Review

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 here and in the festival program.

Do you know whose hands are these?

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 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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