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Posted by Jack on August 25, 2015 at 9:05 PM Comments comments ()

The Ragtime Willi Band will head off on a two-county tour this weekend, starting at Chef Joe's Porch Restaurant in Myerstown this Friday evening. As always, there'll be tons of tunes from 8-11 p.m., and lots of food, specially prepared by Chef Joe & Co. And drinks, of course. And have we mentioned there's no cover, no minimum? All the more money to spend on food and drink. Check out the menu and more at www.porchrestaurant.com.

Then on Saturday night we'll be back at Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia for yet another evening of funky-folk music - and more Cajun dishes than you can throw a crawfish at. Music starts at 7 and goes until 10. And again, there's no cover, no minimum - just delicious food and drinks. And music, of course. More on Prudhomme's at www.lostcajunkitchen.com.

Finallly, on Monday evening we'll be back at JoBoy's Brew Pub in Lititz for yet another Brew Grass Night. Music runs from 6-9 p.m., accompanied by great grub and drinks: barbecue, beer brewed on site, and locally made wine. Again, it's no cover, no minimum. More on JoBoy's at www.JoBoysBrewPub.com.

Hope to see you there.



Porch: Set your GPS for 890 Tulpohocken Road, Myerstown, or find Route 422 East or West and take it to Millardsville Road, just east of Myerstown. Head south on Millardsville Road to Tulpocken Road. Porch Restaurant on the corner on your right. Still lost? Call (717) 866-2200.


Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen: Set your GPS to 50 Lancaster Ave., Columbia, or get on Route 462 west from Lancaster or east from York and take it into downtown Columbia. Stop when you get to Cherry Street. You're there! Still lost? Call (717) 684-1706.

JoBoy’s Brew Pub: Set your GPS to 27 E. Main St., Lititz, or take Route 501 into Lititz, then turn east onto Main Street. Or take Route 222 to the Brownstown exit, then follow Route 772 into Lititz. You'll see JoBoy's just before you hit the main square. Still lost? Call (717) 568-8330.

Other upcoming Ragtime Willi Band gigs:

Friday, September 4th, Vineyard at Grandview, 6-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 5th, White Horse Mill, 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, September 12th, Party for the Hell of It, time TBA


More info on Facebook or at ragtimewilli.webs.com


Ragtime Willi Band hat trick

Posted by Jack on August 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM Comments comments ()

‏ 8/19/13

Yep, you read right, it's a Ragtime Willi Band hat trick this weekend, starting with our first-ever show at the Conestoga Restaurant in Lancaster this Thursday evening. If you haven't been to the Conestoga, you owe it to yourself. Great food and great atmosphere, including a deck to die for, which is where we'll be playing, right along the Conestoga River. Music starts at 6 and goes until 9. No cover, no minimum. Details: www.conestogarestaurant.com. 

Then on Friday night we'll be back at the Farmers Hope Inn in Manheim, back on the deck, weather permitting, from 8-11 p.m. Our fans know what a fun venue the Farmers Hope Inn is - fantastic food in a relaxed, if somewhat haunted, venue. Haven't been there yet? Again, no cover, no minimum. Check it out at www.farmershopeinn.com. 

Finally, on Saturday, we'll be back at the Landis Valley Museum for the annual Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum Art Show. The art show starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 4 and features work by 75 local artists and craftspeople, many of them demonstrating their work on the site. RWB will be taking the stage - make that porch - at the Weathervane, the museum store, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the art show is free. Details at landisvalleymuseumstore.com. 

Hope to see you there!


Directions: To the Conestoga Restaurant, set your GPS unit to 1501 E. King St., Lancaster, PA, 17602, or take Route 462 East out of Lancaster or Route 462 West into Lancaster. The restaurant is on the corner of Route 462 and North Conestoga Drive, right where East King Street crosses the Conestoga River. Still lost? Call (717) 208-3265.

To the Farmers Hope Inn: Set your GPS unit to 3180 Lebanon Road, Manheim, PA, 17545, or take Route 72 (the Manheim Pike) north from Lancaster or south from Lebanon. The Inn is just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike entrance, just a cork's throw from Mount Hope Winery. Still lost? Call 717-664-4673.

To Landis Valley Museum: Set your GPS to 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601, or take Route 272 to Landis Valley Road, then head west. Landis Valley Museum is just up the road on your right. Still lost? Call 717-569-0401.

More upcoming gigs:

Thursday, Sept. 5, Shanks's Tavern in Marietta, hosting an open micSaturday, September 14, Bernville Eagle Hotel, 9 p.m. to midnightFriday, September 20, Music Friday in Lancaster, 6-8 p.m.

Ragtime Willi Band at Lititz Farmers Market, Moon Dancer Winery

Posted by Jack on October 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments ()

Just when you thought The Ragtime Willi Band was going to give you a rest, we're right back at it, taking the stage twice this coming weekend: On Saturday, we'll be up bright and early to help put the Downtown Lititz Farmers Market to bed. Yep, this is LFM's last market day of the year, so you don't want to miss it - or us. We'll be playing to passersby as they stock up on all manner of fruits and vegetables - Saturday is Apple Day at the market - for the long winter to come. The market runs from 8 a.m. to noon, music from 8:30-11:30 a.m. For details, see www.lititzpa.com/farmersmarket. Then on Sunday, we'll be spending the afternoon by the Susquehanna, sipping wine and watching the boats flow by at Moon Dancer Winery in Wrightsville. AccuWeather's calling for pleasant weather - partly sunny and 70 - and we're calling for tunes, lots of 'em. And if AccuWeather's wrong - and how often does that happen? - we'll be playing inside. Music runs from 2-5 p.m. For more on Moon Dancer, check out www.moondancerwinery.com or call (717) 252-9463. Hope to see you somewhere. RWB Directions  To Lititz Farmers Market, set your GPS to 9 North Water St., Lititz, PA 17543, or  From points north, take Route 501 South to the main square in Lititz. Turn left onto Main Street, then left again onto Water Street and drive half a block.

From points south, take Route 501 North to the square. Turn right onto Main Street, then left onto Water Street. The market will be on your right.

From points east, take Route 222 to the Brownstown/Rothsville exit, then follow Route 772 West through Rothsville to Lititz. Turn right onto Water Street.

From points west, take Route 772 East to Lititz, then turn left onto Water Street. To Moon Dancer Winery, set your GPS to 1282 Klines Run Road, Wrightsville, PA 17368, or


Get yourself onto Route 30 and head west or east to the Wrightsville exit. Then head south on Cool Creek Road across Route 462 and past the Country Club. Turn left onto Knights View Road when you get to the top of the hill by the high school, then right onto Trinity Church Road and right onto Klines Run Road. You'll see Moon Dancer's driveway shortly after you make the turn.

 More upcoming Ragtime Willi Band gigs: 


Friday, Oct. 26, Saint Peter's Bakery, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27, Lancaster Coffee Co., 7-9 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2, Porch Restaurant, Myerstown, 8-11 p.m.



Posted by Jack on September 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments ()

We're offering you a double shot of The Ragtime Willi Band this weekend, on opposite ends of our playing turf. This Friday evening we'll take the stage at the Farmers Hope Inn in Manheim, home of great grub, a terrific beer selection and - if you believe in ghosts - ghosts. So let the spirit move you and head out for dinner, drink, dancing or all three. There's no cover charge, so you get all the funky-folk music you want for FREE! And for the full story on the Inn, check out www.farmershopeinn.com. Music starts at 8. Dinner when you get there. Then on Sunday afternoon we'll take the stage - make that gazebo - at Twin Brook Winery in Gap as part of the winery's annual Harvest Festival. Music will kick off at 2 and be accompanied by fine wine, good food and - we hope - lots of dancers. Again, there's no cover - just plenty of terrific wine for sale. And barbecue. And tastings. And hayrides through the vineyards. Oh, and music. Details at www.twinbrookwinery.com.  Hope to see you there. RWB 


Directions: To The Farmers Hope Inn:


Set your GPS unit to 3180 Lebanon Road, Manheim, PA 17545, or


From the south, take Route 72 North through Manheim and past the Mount Hope Winery. Farmers Hope Inn is on the left, just past the Pa. Turnpike entrance.


From the east, find Route 322. (Hint, it runs through Ephrata and Brickerville). Go west on 322 until you hit Route 72, then head south on 72. The Farmers Hope will be on the right, just before the Pa. Turnpike entrance.


Still lost? Call (717) 664-4673. It's that easy.


To Twin Brook Winery: Set your GPS unit to 5697 Strasburg Road, Gap, Pa, 15727, or  From Lancaster, follow Route 30 East to Route 41 South.  On Route 41 South proceed straight at the 1st traffic light.  As you crest the hill turn left onto Strasburg Road directly before the Turkey Hill Minit Mart.  The winery is just under 2 miles on the left.


Coatesville, follow Route 30 West to Swan Road.  Turn left onto Swan Road.  Turn right onto Strasburg Road.  The winery is 1 mile on the right.


Posted by Jack on June 19, 2012 at 1:15 PM Comments comments ()


Ragtime Willi Band is a three-piece funky folk band. Originally formed in 1977 and reunited several years ago by members Chris Zaffary on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Jack Roberts on bass and vocals, and Jim Penta on harmonica and percussion.


The Band's musical style is Americana.


An eclectic mix of original tunes, folk-based and old-time music,  including songs drawn from everybody from the Grateful Dead, CCR to Johnny Cash with some country blues, bluegrass and Celtic thrown in too.


For booking info : use the contact page or


Jack (717)397-5207 

Jim (610)589-5646

Chris (610)  390-9467


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