During a free venue for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, Frank LiVolsi, of Rhode Island, plays for a crowd Wednesday in the Parkhurst Commons at State Fair Community College. LiVolsi was one of several ragtime performers who played from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
On Thursday, Scott Joplin Festival visitors Susan and Bob Livingston, of New Mexico, look over a ragtime-themed display inside the Liberty Center Association for the Arts. “It’s a good thing for Sedalia,” said Bob Livingston, who is an amateur ragtime piano player. Bob Livingston has attended the festival for five years and added that this was the first year for his wife to visit the event.
Sedalian Ann Lee Bail, left, has her Joplin Ragtime Treasure Hunt card checked by the event’s coordinator Karen Foster on Wednesday outside the Goddard Gallery at State Fair Community College. Foster coordinated with members of the Sedalia Visual Art Association to create a treasure hunt featuring ragtime-themed artwork and songs for opening day of the festival.
Ragtime musician Donald Ryan plays some tunes for an audience inside the Stark Pavilion Thursday morning during the Scott Joplin Festival. According to his biography, Ryan has played at Carnegie Hall in New York and in Las Vegas. He has also played internationally in England, Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, and the Caribbean.
On Friday morning, ragtime performer Sue Keller waits to take the Stark Pavilion stage after musician Frederick Hodges, seated, finished his set. Keller invited Hodges back on stage to play a Charles Johnson rag.
Scott Joplin performer Ramona Baker, 15, of San Bruno, California, waits with performer John Reed-Torres, of Los Angeles, California, for her turn to play at Gazebo Park Friday afternoon. Baker said this was her first time to come to the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival and her first time to visit the Midwest. She will play at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Katy Depot.