Sunday, June 7, 2009

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival

Sedalia, MO is a really old town. It used to be a busy railroad town, but now it's just old.

It has lots of interesting old buildings. Some have been restored, but most have not.

Some have even fallen down.

I've been here for 2 weeks not, surely a record. After the Escapade, I stuck around for the 29th annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival. Joplin lived in Sedalia over 100 years ago.

He is most famous for having written "The Entertainer," which became a hit in 1974 when it was featured in the movie "The Sting." That was 71 years after it was written!

There were lots of concerts all weekend, but there were free venues all over town where the more-than-50 performers displayed their talents.

Next to "The Entertainer," Scott Joplin's most famous composition is "Maple Leaf Rag," played here by Susan Cordell.

Brian Holland is one of the most popular performers. His fingers move at an unbelievable speed, and each note is crystal clear.

Wesley Reznicek, only 18 years old, was a real cutie, and very talented.

Not all of the performers played the piano. These guys were inside a local store that just sells Scott Joplin stuff.

But the most amazing to me was this 12-year-old. Since I'm not a connoisseur, she sounded just as good as the more experienced performers. How did she learn how to do this in so few years?

They also had free ragtime dance lessons. I took some, but didn't dress up.

And of course there was a parade, with lots of authentic costumes.


  1. Love all the videos, but where's the one of you dancing ragtime? I'd pay to see that one.

  2. It looks an interesting place. Yes your video clips are good, they give it that little bit extra and allow us all to share the experience.

  3. What good 'ol American fun!!

  4. So glad you posted the videos. I just hated having to leave and miss the festival.

  5. Thanks for letting me travel with you, your photos let me be a part of it. Go git em kiddo.


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