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Ethan Uslan: Ragtime Music

August 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Free – $20

Celebrate the Sherman’s Centennial with music from its founding times! Ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan will take you back in time with popular tunes like Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” and more. Discover the rhythm of Ragtime music and imagine what life was like a hundred years ago when Sherman’s was founded. A three-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, Ethan Uslan brings his passion, humor, virtuosity, and a deep love for America’s rich musical past to Caroga Lake Music Festival this season.

Ethan Uslan: Ragtime Music

August 14, 2021 | 7:00pm
Sherman’s Park

Ethan Uslan, piano

with Empire Wild as an opener

Following the event, everyone will be invited to an informal after party featuring Stump City and carousel rides.

We look forward to celebrating with everyone and don’t forget to dress in your favorite 20’s themed attire!*


*$20 Outdoor Tables
Free Open Seating
*Tickets increase by $5 at the door for table seating



Pavilion seating will be in physically distanced pods of up to 2 and 4 people.

Pods are assigned upon entry into park with ticket and seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Following the CDC and New York State guidelines, we will continue to monitor, adapt, and communicate the guidelines to ensure a positive experience for the audience and performers.

*If for some reason you are unable to attend the event, tickets can be exchanged for another concert of equal or lesser value during the same season.  Tickets can also be donated back to the Caroga Arts Collective.  Please contact Mia@carogaarts.org to arrange an exchange.*

About the Artist

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune for his “vivid musical imagination” and “deep understanding of far-flung performance practices,” Ethan Uslan is a ragtime/jazz pianist and raconteur. He is a 3-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest (yes – that really exists!) and has performed all over the USA, including at the Ravinia Festival, Scott Joplin Festival, and on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. He has also performed in England, Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Cyberspace, where his jazzed-up Für Elise has gone viral.

Aside from solo work, Ethan has appeared with symphony orchestras, jazz bands, improv comedy groups, and even a clown show. At the age of 9, he began studying classical piano with Faina Litenzon in his hometown of South Orange, NJ. As a teenager, he took jazz piano lessons from Dan Crisci and in college (Indiana University) he studied classical piano under Edmund Battersby. Ethan got a master’s degree in historical musicology (also at Indiana University), and his most important mentor in that field was jazz historian Jeffrey Magee, who has written books on Fletcher Henderson and Irving Berlin.

Ethan Uslan currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where he presents his music and storytelling on his very own podcast – The Carolina Shout. His concerts are filled with passion, humor, virtuosity, and a deep love for America’s rich musical past. His vast repertoire includes original arrangements of Civil-War era songs, African-American Spirituals, New Orleans Jazz, 1920s Charlestons, blues, stomps, Harlem stride piano, swing, Cuban rumbas, and jazzed-up versions of classical masterpieces.


August 14, 2021
7:00 pm
Free – $20


Sherman’s Park
W Caroga Lake Shore Road
Caroga Lake, NY 12032 United States
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Caroga Arts Collective