Ragtime hits from 100 years ago (Dec. 21)

December 19, 2008

A piano-playing friend tipped me off about today’s tip:  ragtime events hosted by the Friends of Scott Joplin.  The “King of Ragtime” was a fixture on the St. Louis honky-tonk and dive music scene; his hit Maple Leaf Rag, published in 1899, was the first instrumental to sell a million printed copies. He moved to St. Louis not long after it was released, and his home here, 2658A Delmar, is a state historic site.  That’s where the Rosebud Rendezvous ragtime performances happen on the third Sunday of the month (Dec. 21) from 2 to 5 p.m.  My source says the music’s good and the venue is family-friendly — the Rosebud Cafe mimics a turn-of-the-last-century bar and gaming club, but you’ll have to imagine all the unsavory elements that would have made the place really swing.

However, she says the music’s even better at the Friends’ other monthly event, the first Sunday of the month at Dressel’s Pub, 419 N. Euclid Ave. in the Central West End.  The Ragtime Rendezvous there runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is not as family friendly — the cafe mimics a quintessential British pub of the modern day, and little is left to the imagination.

The shows, basically open mics, are reliable venues for the best ragtime performers in the area.  (Not sure what ragtime is?  The Scott Joplin House homepage has several links to songs.)

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