Ragtime Festival in Shaniko and Madras
Ragtime Festival in Shaniko and Madras, Oregon
The 15th annual Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival will take place Oct. 6-8th. The music event begins, Friday at 1 p.m., with Keith Taylor, event founder, at the Historic Shaniko Schoolhouse.
From 1-6 p.m., musicians Keith Taylor, Vicki Cox, Meg Graf, Clare Kennedy, Lance Maclean, and Jack and Chris Bradshaw will perform. Then activities will move to the Sage Saloon for a jam session from 7-11 p.m. Food is available in the interim. The musicians, from Oregon, Washington, California and New Hampshire, welcome all musicians who sing or play acoustic instruments to join the jam sessions.
Saturday events will be held in Madras at the Erickson Aircraft Museum, near the Madras airport. Ragtime event and airport museum supporter, Kenny Bicart, has established a music event in Madras and invited the Shaniko Ragtime musicians. In addition to other music, the Ragtime and Vintage Music Artist's performances take place from 1-5 p.m. and they return to the museum for a jam session from 7 to midnight.
Back in Shaniko on Sunday, the traditional All-Performer concert in the school, rounds out the festival from 2-4 p.m., for a suggested donation of $10 per person.
Keith Taylor, of Haines, Oregon, began playing ragtime in 1972. With a background in classical music, he has degrees in composition and piano, and studied in Paris with Rene Leibowitz. The native Oregonian, returned to Azalea, Oregon, in 1978, then moved to Haines in 2005, where he works as a freelance pianist, composer and teacher.
Vicki Cox, of Eugene, leads the Calamity Jazz Band, plays lead trumpet for the Lincoln Pops Big Band, and performs with Bill Borcher's Oregon Jazz Band. She majored in musical performance at the University of Oregon.
Meg Graf is a remarkable and versatile musician playing a variety of instruments. From Eugene, she also performs with Calamity Jazz and other music ensembles.
Clare Kennedy, from Vancouver, Wash., is a popular and sought-after pianist. She also plays organ and sings. She holds a bachelor of arts in music from Linfield College.
New to the lineup this year is Lance Maclean, a Piano Tuner and computer specialist from New Hampshire. He returns to Oregon, where for 10 years he played on the Dixieland Festival Circuit in the band, "The Hot Frogs Jumping Jazz Band." Then he was with, "Night Blooming Jazzmen," for several years. Lance since the age of 14 has mastered the five-string banjo, bass, tuba, guitar, mandolin, and piano.
Jack and Chris Bradshaw are ragtime duo pianists, share history of the pieces and offer toe-tapping, high-energy sound. From Gilroy, California, they are involved in multiple festivals, have played widely in the U.S. and belong to the Sacramental Ragtime Society. Both are classically trained and have master's degrees in music.
The Ragtime Festival is sponsored by the Shaniko Preservation Guild. For more information, call the event line 541-489-3434 or visit www.ShanikoOregon.com.