Tickets for GRUGELFEST 2016 are now on sale!

Call: 419 321-5007

Huntington Center Box Office
500 Jefferson Ave.

Toledo, OH   43604 
Tickets also available at ticketmaster: or  8 0 0 74 5 - 3  0  0 0





For Festival Information, contact:


GRUGELFEST c/o Ragtime Rick

P.O. Box 1071

Toledo, OH   43697




EARLYJAS contact information:



PO Box 1621

Kent, OH  44240




PARK INN HOTEL contact information:


PARK INN by Radisson

101 North Summit St.

Toledo, OH  43604


419 241-3000







 *some details subject to change




     In 1986, a group of Northeast Ohio jazz fans led by Jean and Paul Huling formed a club called EARLYJAS  (The Earlville Association of Ragtime Lovers Yearning for Jazz Advancement and Socialization).  For well over 20 years, EARLYJAS presented a very successful and popular Fall Dixieland Jazz Festival in Strongsville, Ohio.  Unfortunately, due to a lack of volunteers and the potential for major financial losses, their Board of Trustees voted to discontinue the Fall Festival

after 2011.   


    EARLYJAS has done a great deal in the cause of presenting traditional Dixieland jazz over the

past 25 years, and has made considerable contributions to the Summit County Kidney Foundation.
Financially, the club is stronger than ever, and plans to continue monthly meetings, concerts, and

jam sessions.  But after 25 years, they will no longer host the Strongsville festival.


    Learning of this decision, “Ragtime RickGrafing, piano player with the Cakewalkin’ Jass

Band and leader of The Chefs of Dixieland,  agreed to produce a new festival to replace the one

in Strongsville, to be held in Toledo.   It is known as the GRUGELFEST, a tribute and memorial

to EARLYJAS member Ralph Grugel, leader of the Eagle Jazz Band, who died in 2005.  Ralph Grugel was a major force in Cleveland’s Dixieland Jazz community.


    GRUGELFEST is held at the Park Inn Hotel by Radisson in downtown Toledo.  It features

five great bands in two venues, with 4 sessions over 3 days (plus an additional stage for piano

players, small groups, and jam sessions).  Special room rates are offered for the weekend.*



For hotel reservations call the park inn by Radisson

101 N Summit Street  ~  Toledo, Ohio

419 241-3000

(Do not use the 800 number)

Be sure to ask for Grugelfest rates!


Ralph Grugel and “Ragtime Rick” Grafing at EARLYJAS Festival