2017 Ponderosa Stomp
Music History Conference

October 5th & 6th 2017 Ace Hotel New Orleans

The Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference will take place October 5th-6th at Ace Hotel New Orleans at 600 Carondelet St. in New Orleans.

The conference will feature musicians, historians and musicologists tackling all kinds of music history topics.

Admission to the Conference is $25 per day, per person. This small fee gets you the whole day’s line-up of panels, discussion, and admission to the record show.


  • Thursday October 5th

    • 10:00 – 10:45 am
      Bourbon Street Parade: A Look at Bourbon Street Clubs in the 60s
      Featuring “Wacko” Wade, George Porter, Jr. and Moderator David Kunian

    • 11:00 – 11:45 am
      The Gospel Truth of Rosemont Records
      Featuring Al Taylor (Owner and engineer of Rosemont Records), James Williams (Guitarist and Leader of The Electrifying Crown Seekers), Andrew Jackson (Leader of The Famous Rocks of Harmony) and Moderator Brice White

    • 12:45 – 1:45 pm
      South Rampart Street Stroll: The Music and Geography of South Rampart Street
      Featuring Bruce Raeburn, Deacon John Moore, Richard Campanella and Moderator Jordan Hirsch

    • 2:00 – 2:45 pm
      I’ve Got Reasons: The Return of Mary Jane Hooper
      Featuring Mary Jane Hooper and Moderator Neil Pellegrin

    • 3:00 – 3:45
      Willie Knows How: An Oral History with Willie West
      Featuring Moderator John Broven

    • 4:00 – 4:45
      It Came from Philly
      Featuring Archie Bell and Winfield Parker, with Moderator Jason Hanley

    • 5:00 – 5:45 pm
      The RAM Records Story
      Featuring Margaret Lewis, Alton Warwick, Roy “Boogie Boy” Perkins, V.J. Boulet and Moderator Michael Hurtt

    • 6:00 – 6:45 pm
      Tales of A Louisiana Man: An Oral History with Doug Kershaw
      Featuring Doug Kershaw and Moderators Deke Dickerson and Dave Stuckey

  • Friday October 6th

    • 10:00 – 10:45
      The Man Behind the Montel & Michelle Labels: An Oral History with Sam Montalbano
      Featuring Moderator John Broven

    • 10:55 – 11:40 am
      Evie Sands Oral History
      Featuring Moderator Sheryl Farber

    • 12:25 – 1:10 pm
      Make it Sound Like a Train: An Oral History with Charles Connor
      Featuring Moderator David Kunian

    • 1:20 – 2:05 pm
      Forever Young: An Oral History with Reggie Young
      Featuring Moderator red kelly

    • 2:15 – 3:00 pm
      Walking the Dog: Growing Up with the “World’s Oldest Teenager” Rufus Thomas
      Featuring Carla and Vaneese Thomas and Moderator Andria Lisle

    • 3:10 – 3:55 pm
      I Wanna Holler: An Oral History with Gary U.S. Bonds
      Featuring Moderator Todd Abramson

    • 4:05 – 5:00 pm
      Last Train from Kicksville: A Tribute to Billy Miller of Norton Records
      Featuring Miriam Linna, Todd Abramson, James Marshall, Deke Dickerson and Moderator Michael Hurtt

The Ponderosa Stomp 2017 Music History Conference would not be possible without support from:

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Ace Hotel New Orleans, Peter Riley & Associates, Mike Humphrey/Keller Williams Realty, Design Science, WWOZ, Norton Records, Numero Group, Inkwell Press, Gulf South Travel Services