Michigan Ragtime Band Supports Joplin with Joplin

Joplin’s musical history and namesake composer will help support its future in Michigan this weekend when the River Raisin Ragtime Revue performs a concert to raise money for tornado recovery efforts.

The “Joplin for Joplin” concert will include the work of not only “the King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin, but also Joplin’s own Percy Wenrich, another influential ragtime-era composer.

The concert will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, Mich. The River Raisin Ragtime Revue will donate a percentage of ticket and CD sales to the Joplin Recovery Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc.

The River Raisin Ragtime Revue is a non-profit ensemble that performs to authentically re-create American music, such as the work of Texas-born Scott Joplin, who lived in Sedalia and St. Louis around the turn of the century, and Wenrich, known as “The Joplin Kid.”

Executive Director William Pemberton said the group was moved by the level of destruction created by the May 22 EF5 tornado and wanted to support Joplin’s recovery with a performance linking both Scott Joplin and the city’s native Wenrich.