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., 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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