Ragtime music has entertained millions since its inception in the United States in the late 1800s. The syncopated rhythms will be celebrated once again at the annual Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival from April 24-27, 2019. Twenty-five of the best Ragtime musicians from around the country will gather at Zehnder’s Restaurant in Frankenmuth, Mich., just 90 miles north of Detroit.
“We are so pleased to host the silver anniversary of the Ragtime Festival,” said Zehnder’s chairman and CEO Al Zehnder. “We can attest that there are hundreds of ragtime enthusiasts who make an annual visit to Frankenmuth for this musical weekend. It’s a great tribute to Ragtime and the musicians who have made this event a very special tradition.” Ragtime is considered the first truly American musical genre. Attendees will enjoy the popular strains of The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag, Charleston Rag and much more.
Ragtime musical ensembles and a special Vaudeville night will keep toes tapping featuring Michigan-born Bob Milne. Milne is considered the best boogie-woogie pianist in the world; he is an active musical ambassador for the United States. Milne and his musical partners will play at breakfast, lunch and dinner events plus a grand finale dinner buffet show on April 27.
Bob Seely, a renowned boogie-woogie piano player, will accompany Milne and others for two luncheon shows. Seely’s career spans more than 60 years. He has played piano with jazz greats Art Tatum and Eubie Blake; he also accompanied blues legend Sippie Wallace.
Ticket prices vary for events from $15 to $46, and $60 for the grand finale dinner show. For a complete listing of concerts, menus and pricing go to Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival, or call (855) 360-6708 for more information and reservations.