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Ragtime Festival fiddles into Sonoma

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The inaugural Wine Country Ragtime Festival includes a selection of concerts in Sonoma on Saturday, Oct. 19, with award-winning ragtime musicians such as John Partridge, Larisa Migachov, John Remmers and the Ragtime Skedaddlers.

A set of free rotating concerts will be held at five venues, Depot Park Museum, Sonoma Valley Regional Library, the Epicurean Connection, Bartholomew Park Winery and Buena Vista Winery. Music will be played from 2 to 5 p.m. at these locations on Saturday, Oct. 19. Audiences will be seated on a first-come, first-swerve basis.

A noon show is also set at the House of Happy Walls in Jack London State Historic Park, and is free to park attendees after paying the $10 parking fee. It will be followed by an evening performance at 7 p.m. with a family friendly Ragtime variety show at the First Congregational Church of Sonoma, 252 W. Spain St.

Tickets to the evening show are $20 for adults, $10 for children or seniors.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, the festival moves to Napa with two ragtime/gospel church services at the First Presbyterian Church of Napa 1333 Third St., at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Other performers for the weekend include Tom Brier and the Saloon Sweeties, Brooks Christensen, the Ragtime Choir, Ronnie Riddell and Susan DeMatei.

For more information, go to j2SonomaMusic.com.