You might recognize the name of the pianist/composer Scott Joplin. The titles “Maple Leaf Rag” or “The Entertainer” may be familiar. You probably would know “The Entertainer” to hear it even if you don’t recognize the title—it was well-received when it was written in 1902, burst into popularity again in 1973 as the theme music for the Oscar-winning movie The Sting, and is still heard today in commercials, video games and more.
This style of music is known as ragtime, and encompasses the era of the early 20th century. It is recognized, along with the blues, as one of the greatest influences on the early development of jazz. But rather than the melodic and harmonic explorations of jazz, ragtime frames its rhythmic syncopation around more traditional harmonies.
On Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., you will be gently and masterfully coaxed back a century by pianist Bobby VanDeusen. A classically trained pianist, Bobby honed his ragtime and stride styles while with the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. His amazingly gifted fingers have allowed him to headline in Branson, Missouri; play jazz in New Orleans with Al Hirt and Pete Fountain; travel the country as a featured entertainer with Hilton Hotels; and most recently tour with civic orchestras as the soloist in George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
Your opportunity to hear this amazing talent and get lost in the sounds of a bygone era is here. The folks at Beach CITE Studios—located in SanRoc Cay, Orange Beach, Alabama—are looking forward to welcoming you to their Listening Room to hear the dazzling sounds of Bobby VanDeusen. Seating is limited, so it’s best to call ahead (251-981-1989) to reserve your spot. Admission is by donation at the door, which will open at 7:00.
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