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July 4 All-American Ragtime Blast Concert for USO

Original post made by ngb on Jun 21, 2010

Sunday, July 4 from 3 to 4:30 P.M. Menlo Park's ragtime historian/pianist Nan Bostick presents another All-American Ragtime Blast at the First Baptist Church at 1100 Middle Ave. (corner Arbor) in Menlo Park to benefit our local U.S.O. This year Nan is joined by mandolinists Nick Robinson and Dennis Pash of The Ragtime Skedaddlers String Band plus guitarist/vocalist Meredith Axelrod and percussionist Pete Devine of Devine's Jug Band. Sergey Smirnov, Palo Alto's award-winning youth pianist, will also perform as a special guest artist. Donations gratefully accepted. No reservations required.

Pastor Rick Line is head chef for the $5 a person BBQ feast that follows the concert at 5:00. A map to Menlo Park's First Baptist Church is found at: www.firstbaptist.com. For more information, contact Carol at: 650-323-8544 or cjmaslin@juno.com.

Past July 4th Ragtime Blasts have generated over $1,000 for the U.S.O. The six musicians performing this year are featured artists at ragtime and traditional jazz festivals throughout the country including the annual Memorial Day Jazz Jubilee and November West Coast Ragtime Festival held in Sacramento, CA.

Samples of their recordings may heard on-line at www.CDBaby.com.

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