Ragtime to Riches Festival


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Weather concerns postpone GPRS meeting

Posted by Jim Boston on February 23, 2018 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Due to weather concerns, the next GPRS "meeting+music" will take place on Sunday, 3-4-2018 instead of 2-25-2018. It'll still be held at the Pink Poodle Steakhouse in Crescent, IA, and at the same time: 2:00 PM.

Hope to see you there!

We really had a ball!

Posted by Jim Boston on July 10, 2017 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to everybody who attended yesterday's Ragtime to Riches Festival.

This time, we raised $60 for the Great Plains Ragtime Society. (Okay, it was the same amount as in 2016...but everyone who came to First Central Congregational United Church of Christ had a great time!)

Things went so fine that Faye Ballard and Nathan Beasley have decided to do it again here in Omaha next year. 

If you came to R to R 13.0, tell all your friends so that they don't miss out on next year's FUN!

Just one spot from now on!

Posted by Jim Boston on April 30, 2017 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been decided that from now on, our GPRS "meeting+music" site will be the Pink Poodle Steakhouse (633 Old Lincoln Hwy., Crescent, IA 51526).

We'll still hold the Ragtime to Riches Festival at First Central Congregational United Church of Christ...and we're looking for a replacement venue for November's Ragtime Night (Omaha's Pizza Shoppe and Pub closed its doors on 3-11-2017).

We can't do any of this without YOU...so keep supporting old-time piano here in the Omaha/Council Bluffs/Bellevue area!

Thanks to All Who Came to Ragtime Night

Posted by Jim Boston on January 1, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Sorry about posting this late...the news came late.

This year's Ragtime Night at the Pizza Shoppe netted GPRS $48.51. (Could've been because Nebraska's football team lost the night before.) 

Still, thanks for everybody who came to the Pizza Shoppe and Pub for the 11-6-2016 event!

Get Involved!

Posted by Jim Boston on July 28, 2016 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Please don't make next year's Ragtime to Riches Festival the final one.

If there's any way you can help with getting the 2017 festival off the ground, please let us know.

We'll Get 'Em Next Time

Posted by Jim Boston on July 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to all of you who attended this year's Ragtime to Riches Festival. We sure had a ball, didn't we?

This year, we were able to raise $60 for the Great Plains Ragtime Society...down $70 from 2015. (Oh, well...)

We're going to try some new wrinkles next year to get old-time piano fans on our side. And we can't pull it off without YOU! 

We'll get 'em next time...and we hope you'll join us.

GPRS Meeting Site Has Changed

Posted by Jim Boston on January 20, 2016 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to a scheduling conflict, the 1-24-2016 GPRS meeting won't take place at the original site, Omaha's Maple Crest Condominiums. (The conflict was on Maple Crest's part.)

We're taking our act up to Crescent, IA...and going to that town's most famous restaurant,  the Pink Poodle Steakhouse.

Hope to see you there!

Many, Many, Many Thanks!

Posted by Jim Boston on November 7, 2015 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The results of this year's Ragtime Night at the Pizza Shoppe are in!

The restaurant gave the Great Plains Ragtime Society a check worth $99.70...a total that exceeds last year's donation by more than $6.00.

You did it. And it's all because you came to Omaha's famous Pizza Shoppe and Pub on 11-1-2015 to enjoy the eatery's wonderful menu items. (And if you came by between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM, you heard some really fun music!)  

Many, many, many thanks to Carla Kerrigan, Amy Ryan, and the rest of the Pizza Shoppe staff for allowing Ragtime Night to take place...and for allowing Bob Arsenault and me to do our thing. 

Bob and I had a ball. (And we hope you did, too!)

Many, many, many thanks to you for your support of old-time piano in the Omaha Metro. Can't wait until we can hook up again!

What a Great Time!

Posted by Jim Boston on July 13, 2015 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Man, we had a really great time at the 2015 Ragtime to Riches Festival!

Danny Souvigny and Faye Ballard were at the top of their game, giving top-flight performances. (They also teamed up twice- Danny broke out his violin while Faye went to First Central's brand-new Yamaha grand for "Bethena," and then during Faye's set, the twosome took to the Yamaha to deliver "Pork and Beans.")

And I had a ball doing this year's workshop about Tin Pan Alley in the 1920s...as well as my own concert (which spotlighted the 1910s). 

If you attended R to R 11.0, thanks so very, very much (and hope to see you at our 2016 festival!); if you didn't, we hope you'll stop by First Central's Memorial Hall next year.

By the way...we raised $130 for the Great Plains Ragtime Society.

I'm Heading Out of Town Again!

Posted by Jim Boston on February 16, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hope you're having a ball right here in 2015 as this new year gathers steam.

I'm happy to announce they're throwing the 2015 Frozen River Film Festival in Winona, MN. At this festival, several different venues across town will be showing movies of all kinds, with the get-together coming to an end on 2-22-2015.

One of the Winona venues is a popular concert venue called Ed's (No Name) Bar; it's located at 3rd and Franklin in the city's downtown district...and that's where, on Tuesday, 2-17-2015, at 7:30 PM, they'll be showing "The Entertainers."

I'll be joining Faye Ballard and movie codirector Nick Holle...and I hope you can join us in Winona, too!