Contributed by Sue Theilmann

The last weekend in January in Muscatine is usually cold, occasionally snowy, but always has hot music at the Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Festival. It is a weekend of world-class ragtime and stride, Dixieland jazz, boogie-woogie, spirituals, traditional jazz and even a silent movie with live piano. This event is presented by the Muscatine County Arts Council, a non-profit community organization. Muscatine is becoming known as the Cradle of Iowa Ragtime. For twenty-four years, this event has been bringing world-class musicians to this historic city on the banks of the Mississippi River.

 

The musicians this year are another outstanding group of talent with vast and varied experience. Headlining the programs is Ivory & Gold® with Jeff and Anne Barnhart. Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi, another husband-and-wife duo, with be making their first appearance at Eagles and Ivories. At age 16, Daniel Souvigny returns for his third appearance at this festival. The Mad Creek Mudcats and the Locust Street Boys will play during the suppers before each evening concert.

 

Each 7:00 evening concert is $20 and is held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue. The evening concerts are proceeded by a $6 supper in the church dining room.

 

Afternoon concerts at the Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue, are $15 and the Saturday silent movie also at the art center is $5.

 

A three-day concert weekend package is $50 and children under 16 are free to all events.

 

Free events include the kick-off concert Friday, January 26 at 9:30 am at Sunnybrook of Muscatine, 3515 Queen Diana Drive, and the eagle watch at Pearl City Station 200 West Riverfront Drive, presented by the Army Corps of Engineers and naturalist Dave Baake. Ragtime, jazz, and gospel music can be enjoyed on Sunday morning at the 10:00 a.m. services at Faith United Church of Christ, 3307 Mulberry Avenue, and at Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue.

 

Ivory & Gold® featuring Jeff and Anne Barnhart are praised by the L.A. jazz scene as a musical duo that can “draw out the beauty of the rich melodies and play the music . . . with taste sensitivity, and a real affection for the idiom.” Ivory & Gold® celebrates the greatest examples of American jazz, blues, ragtime, Broadway and hits from the Great American Songbook. Internationally renowned American musical performer and historian Max Morath calls Ivory & Gold® “musically flawless.

 

Stephanie Trick “has come to practically dominate the stride piano field,” notes reviewer Jack Rummel. Harlem stride piano, which developed in the 1920s and 1930s, is an orchestral style of two-handed piano playing that not only swings but is technically demanding and exciting to watch. Stephanie frequently performs with her husband, acclaimed pianist Paolo Alderighi, making arrangements of songs from the Swing Era in a four-hands piano duo.

 

Daniel Souvigny is from Hampshire, Illinois, and at age 16 is an award-winning pianist and violinist. Daniel is a three-time Junior Champion of the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest, held in Oxford, Mississippi. His first album, “Tearin’ Up the Keys,” was released in 2013, and his new album, “Possibilities,” was released in 2015, featuring well-known jazz drummer Danny Coots.

 

The Mad Creek Mudcats began in 1992 as an offshoot of the River City Big Band. The music they play is from the 1890s to the 1930s. This includes a lot of ragtime, traditional jazz, and some novelty tunes.

 

The Locust Street Boys are a Quad Cities Dixieland jazz band and are regulars at Eagles and Ivories.

 

The Weekend Schedule

 

Friday, January 26, 2018

  • 9:30-10:30 – Free Kick-off Concert
    • Sunnybrook of Muscatine, 3515 Diana Queen Drive
    • Music by Ivory and Gold® with Jeff and Anne Barnhart
    • 5:00-7:00 – Soup Supper
    • Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue
    • Music by Mad Creek Mudcats
    • 7:00 – Concert
    • Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue
    • Music by Ivory and Gold®, Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi, Daniel Souvigny
    • 10:00 – After Hours
  • Wine Nutz, 208 West 2nd Street

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

  • 9:00-3:00 – Eagle Watch at Pearl City Station, 200 West Riverfront, by the Army Corps of Engineers park rangers and naturalist Dave Bakke. Event is free.
  • 12:00 –Silent Movies
  • Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue
  • Music by Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi
  • 5:00 – 7:00 Syncopation Supper
  • Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue
  • Music by the Locust Street Boys
  • 7:00 – Concert
  • Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue
  • Music by Ivory and Gold®, Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi, Daniel Souvigny
  • 10:00 – After Hours
  • Wine Nutz, 208 West 2nd Street

Sunday, January 28, 2018

  • 10:00 – Ragtime, Jazz, Gospel worship service
  • Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue Mad Creek Mudcats
  • 10:00 – Ragtime, Jazz, Gospel worship service
  • Faith United Church of Christ, 3307 Mulberry Avenue Jeff and Ann Barnhart
  • 2:00 – Concert
  • Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue
  • Music by Ivory and Gold®