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Fresno Flats Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival

Submitted by George Sitts

OAKHURST – If you are a brave soul and aren’t going to let the number 13 scare you off, don’t miss the the 13th Annual Fresno Flats Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival, to be held Apr. 12, 13 and 14 in Oakhurst.

This year’s lineup of feature musicians includes the blazing Tom Brier playing everything from the gems of the past to his own sensational compositions.Also playing are duo performers Chris & Jack Bradshaw, known for their 4-hand artistry, and Jack’s fine solo performances, Larisa Migachyov, who will add grace and elegance to the mayhem provided by the others, plus the outstanding Drivons – Robyn and Steve – adding tuba, vocals and percussion to the mix.

Friday and Saturday events will be held at the Old School House at Fresno Flats Historical Park, 49777 Road 427 (School Rd.), Oakhurst. Sunday’s finale concert will be held at Oakhurst Lutheran Church on Road 426.

The festival will kick-off on Friday Apr. 12 with a dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a concert presented by the festival performers. Tickets are $10 for the full evening. With two pianos housed in the School House, there will be twice the roof-raising fun.

On Saturday there will be a School House concert from 2 – 4:15 p.m., again featuring the festival performers, and following that performance, there will be a youth ragtime concert performed by the piano students of Jackie Byers. Tickets are $5 for the afternoon.

A no-host pizza party will follow the Saturday afternoon concerts. This is an open piano “after glow” set where everyone is invited to chime in. You just never know what combinations of players or pieces you might hear, but one thing’s for certain, it is always fun.

The weekend’s finale concert is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church off Road 426, at 39255 Black Rd. This afternoon concert is always a hit. Donations accepted.

For more information about the festival, please contact Bea Walden at (559) 641-2272 or email bkwaldon@sti.net.

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