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Union Cemetery Fall Festival

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227 E. 28th Terr., Kansas City, MO

Fundraiser to put a headstone on the grave of "Doc" Brown, famous Champion Cakewalk dancer from Kansas City, buried in Union Cemetery.

If you would like to donate, here is the link to a GoFundMe page:

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Outdoor Concert

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Stark Pavilion 5th & Osage, Sedalia, MO



Ragtime Music Hall

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Liberty Center 111 W. 5th St., Sedalia, MO



Outdoor Concert

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Stark Pavilion 5th & Osage, Sedalia, MO



Outdoor Concert

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festial, Gazebo Park 3rd & Osage, Sedalia, MO



Douglas County Fair

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St., Lawrence, KS


Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival

Liberty Center & Various outdoor locations, 111 W. 5th St. & various locations downtown, Sedalia, MO

Thurs. 5/31/2018 at Liberty Center, 111 W. 5th St., Sedalia, MO at 2:00    Fri. 6/1/2018 at the Gazebo, Ohio St., Downtown at 10:00 AM Fri. 6/1/2018 at the Stark Pavilion, Ohio St., Downtown at 2:00 PM Fri. 6/1/2018 Pub Crawl at one of the bars downtown on Ohio St. at 9:00 PM Sat. 6/2/2018 at the Gazebo 10:30 AM Sat. 6/2/2018 at the Stark Pavilion 11:30 AM Sat. 6/2/2018 at Liberty Center, 2:00 PM.  The address for the festival office and store is 600 E. 3rd St., Sedalia, MO 65301  

varies, outdoor concerts downtown are free


Brown Bag Concert

Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO

There is Free Parking behind the church, off of Central Street.



Weston Applefest

Weston Applefest, Downtown Weston Missouri, Weston, MO

Three satellite parking areas along 45 Highway will be available to the public with free shuttle service to and from the event. See the website for locations.

Adults: $1.00 donation; Kids under 15: FREE


Main Street 1849

Santa-Cali-Gon Days, Independence Square-Main & Kentucky, Independence, MO

The "Main Street 1849" venue starts at Main & Kentucky Streets and extends south on Main Street to Kansas. The stage will be the last area on the southeast side.



Lawrence Brown Bag Lunch Concert

Lawrence Library Lawn Plaza, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS

This will be in the lawn area between the library and the parking garage to the south of the library. In the event of inclement weather the concert will be held at Watkins Museum at 1047 Mass St. For more information, contact Duane Peterson 785-832-7940.


The Rhythmia in Concert

The Outburst, 1715 Wyandotte St. Crossroads District, Kansas City, MO

Doors open at 7:00. We would like to have a large turn-out to help this new venue, which is the type of place that Kansas City has needed for a long time.


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Go to our Videos page for links to videos of us performing at the gravesite of champion cakewalker Doc Brown, on the occasion of the dedication of his headstone in Union Cemetery, Kansas City, MO, on May 19, 2024

The Brown Bag Lunch Concert scheduled for Thursday, July29, 2021, has been postponed to Wednesday, August 4 due to the heat advisory. The time and location remains the same: 12:00 - 1:00 in front of the US Bank Building at 900 Mass St. in Lawrence. Hopefully, it will be cooler.

From the Sedalia Newspaper Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival


Click on "Reviews" above to see a review by Jack Rummel of "The Rhythmia is Fine and Dandy" CD.

  The Rhythmia is an old-time acoustic string band that performs a mix of authentic ragtime, primarily written and published in Kansas City where the band is based, old-time fiddle tunes, and Caribbean music, along with original compositions, to form a variety of old-time folk dance music.

Over a hundred years ago, ragtime was America's original popular music. While considered primarily as piano solo music today, ragtime was often played during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by string bands consisting of violins, mandolins, guitars, and banjos. The Rhythmia is keeping this ragtime string band tradition alive. They also explore the Creole and Latin music of the Caribbean and Louisiana from the same period because of the many similarities to ragtime.

The Rhythmia's concerts include brief historical information on the tunes and biographical information on the composers. A performance by The Rhythmia is both entertaining and educational.

The individual members of The Rhythmia have over 35 years experience performing at many ragtime and folk music festivals across the country including the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, the ragtime festival on the Goldenrod Showboat in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C., (as members of The Etcetera String Band) by invitation of the Smithsonian. These musicians got together to form The Rhythmia in 2009 and have performed at places such as the Kansas City Missouri Public Library, the Kansas City Museum, and the Kansas City Riverfest in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as several outdoor fairs and festivals in the Kansas City area.

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Kevin Sanders - guitar

Kevin's interest in local music history has led to published articles in The Rag - Times and The Kansas City Rag - Time Revelry. He has given symposiums on ragtime music and was interviewed for Uniquely Kansas City, a television documentary on the history of the arts in Kansas City, produced by the local PBS station KCPT-TV. Kevin was also featured in a National Public Radio special report on the famous Kansas City dancer Doc Brown, as well as two PBS-TV specials, The Cradle of Ragtime, and In Ragged-Time, a concert at Mississippi State University. In addition to performing, Kevin has written several songs, instrumental pieces, and a musical titled Armourdale, based on historical true stories.   

Pat Ireland - violin

Although classically trained, Pat developed an early affinity for earthier forms of music and was a frequent competitor in old-time fiddle contests, of which he has won many. Pat is a music teacher and a prolific composer who has written in many musical genres. His CD releases include Fiddling Legacy, a CD of traditional old-time fiddle tunes, and The Original,  a CD of his original fiddle tunes. He has experimented and explored Jazz-Rock fusion and contemporary Free Jazz, resulting in two bands, Sextant, in the late 1970s (no commercial releases), and The Unbound (Jazz Recidivists, Tapestry 76001-2) in the 1990s. More of his original compositions, including a Latin style of contemporary Jazz have been released on two solo CDs: The Business of Pleasure (no label) and I’ll Give You Paradise (Enneagram). These recordings include the use of the electric violin.







The Rhythmia's performance may be presented in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance.