Local ragtime pianist Nan Bostick emails InMenlo that “another toe-tapping All-American Ragtime Blast” to benefit the local U.S.O. will take place at the First Baptist Church (1100 Middle Ave., corner Arbor) on the 4th of July in Menlo Park. “Donations of any amount will be gratefully accepted,” she says. No reservations are required; doors open at 2:30 pm, performance begins at 3:00 pm.
This year’s special guest is Dave Majchrzak (pictured), music director of Missouri’s International Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival. The concert also features Bay Area mandolinists Nick Robinson and Dennis Pash of The Ragtime Skedaddlers String Band plus guitarist/vocalist Meredith Axelrod and percussionist Pete Devine of Devine’s Jug Band.
Emails Nan: “Past July 4th Ragtime Blasts have generated over $1,000 for the U.S.O. The six musicians performing this year are featured artists at ragtime and traditional jazz festivals throughout the country, including the annual Memorial Day Jazz Jubilee and November West Coast Ragtime Festival held in Sacramento.”