Published on May 22nd, 2015 | by Valley Community News
East Sacramento-based Ragtime musicians discuss love of the music at upcoming Sacramento Music Festival – By Monica Stark
Members of the Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, shown from left to right: Bub Sullivan, Elliott Adams, Susan Desper, Steve Drivon; (front row) Robyn Drivon, and Petra Sullivan.
Members of the Sacramento Ragtime Society and West Coast Ragtime Society, McKinley Park neighborhood residents Bub and Petra Sullivan are amongst a group of musicians gearing up for the Ragtime Corner at this year’s Sacramento Music Festival from May 22-24 in Old Sacramento. A part of the festival since 1985, this is the first year that the Ragtime Corner will have shows in each of the three venues – John Q’s in the Holiday Inn, Golden Eagle at the Firehouse and the Paddle Wheel Saloon on the Delta Queen. The first Ragtime Corner was in at the original Laughs Unlimited in Old Sacramento and since then, they’ve been at other venues, mostly at the Hyatt Hotel.
Bub, a mandolin player and singer at events (and a pianist and guitarist at home), described his enjoyment of playing for the Sacramento Ragtime Society and the Sacramento Music Festival to the East Sacramento News as follows: “I enjoy sharing this music I love with other people, some of whom may have never heard much real Ragtime, which ranges from exciting uptempo adventures to gorgeous slower pieces that remind me of the beauty in the world and the marvelous composers who can capture it in music. It is my hope we performers can do the music justice so the listeners get a decent taste of this.”
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