Thursday, June 7, 2012 'Sedalia's Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival Kicks Off This Week'

[Scott Joplin Black Heritage Stamp (1983)]

By Doug
“This week one of the more unique festivals of Sedalia takes place with the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival. For those unaware, Scott Joplin was from Sedalia and wrote numerous pieces of music while playing at the Maple Leaf and Block 400 clubs.

Each year, many artists make a return to the roots of Scott Joplin’s music and keep ragtime alive. Stacy Purvis, the executive director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival said, “Each year we select a Joplin piece that was written about 100 years, ago and it’s getting harder to do, but this year’s theme is Scott Joplin’s ‘New Rag.’”

The New Rag may not be one of his more notable pieces of work, but here is a rendition of it.

[Scott Joplin (c.1867-1917) is featured at]

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