Mark Your Calendars Now! ::
We are thrilled to announce the 2013 Ponderosa Stomp Festival dates: October 3rd – 5th 2013 - New Orleans, LA
Look for exciting announcements in the coming months with details on lineup, tickets and more!
Songs of Soulful Activism as part of the 29th Annual Roots of American Music Series - Otis Clay, Dan Penn, Teenie Hodges, Swamp Dogg, Aloe Blacc and Others. ::
Free Screening of Thunder Soul: The True Story of Conrad Johnson and the Kashmere Stage Band! ::
Monday, August 6, 2012, 7:00 pm at Café Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center
Despite backing from executive producer Jamie Foxx, rave reviews, a 2011 NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Documentary, and screenings at major film festivals around the world, Thunder Soul
, originally released in 2010, has not yet been shown in New Orleans - until now
Join us on July 17th for a concert & conversation with Maggie Lewis
, the second program in an exciting new series focusing on the rich musical heritage of the state of Louisiana! Maggie and her band will perform and be interviewed by musician and writer, Michael Hurtt!
Ponderosa Stomp Concert 2011 Tickets Now On Sale!! ::
2011 Ponderosa Stomp Music Festival and Conference ::
Ponderosa Stomp Film Series ::
She’s Got the Power! A Girl Group Extravaganza Saturday, July 30th ::
The Bo-Keys ::
Ponderosa Stomp friends and frequent performers, The Bo-Keys, are bringing their incendiary brand of Memphis soul to New Orleans’s own DBA April 6th.
April 6th 2012
618 Frenchmen Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Check out The Bo-Keys “Got to Get Back!”
Mini Documentary from Electraphonic Recording
Visit the Bo-Keys’ site
for news, upcoming shows and more!
Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Ken Stringfellow and DJ Matty ::
Sponsored by The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation
Sunday, November 13th 2011
Siberia (2227 St. Claude Avenue, NOLA 70117)
Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door
Ninth annual Ponderosa Stomp ::
Ponderosa Stomp Tickets ::
2010 Conference Announced ::
Henry Gray at the Ogden After Hours ::
Kick off your Stomp weekend with Henry Gray at the Ogden After Hours from on Sept 23rd, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.! More Details
Flamin Groovies & Jim Jones Revue- Sept. 26th! ::
Chick Willis, Herman Hitson & New Orleans Own Lonely Nights, August 21st ::
Congo Mombo concert series continues:at the Rock n Bowl: Chick WIllis “The Stoop Down Man,” Herman Hitson “Ain’t No Other Way” & Those Lonely Knights at the Rock N Bowl 8/21/2010, $10.
Rock N Bowl
3000 South Carrollton Avenue
Ponderosa Stomp Fridays at the Louisiana State Museum ::
On the second Friday of each month from 5:30-8 p.m., join us at the Cabildo on Jackson Square for cocktails and DJs spinning vintage 45s in the courtyard, walk through the exhibit & then enjoy the live interview or film showing & discussion. Admission to both the event & the exhibit is free each month.
August, Friday 13th:
2010 Ponderosa Stomp Dates Announced ::
Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock N' Roll Museum Exhibit ::
The Detroit Breakdown: Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center Out of Doors- July 31, 2010 ::
They'll take Manhattan: Mitch Ryder, ? and the Mysterians, The Gories, Death, Eddie Kirkland, Melvin Davis and Spyder Turner, The Velvelettes, Dennis Coffey and The Party Stompers.
Barbara Lynn & Lil’ Buck and the Top Cats show and dance at the Rock n Bowl, June 5th ::
SXSW® Music and Media Conference 2010 ::
SXSW Panel: How a Timeless Artist Remains Vital, Saturday 20 March at 2:00 PM
Presented by the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation and the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Stomp founder Dr. Ira “Ike” Padnos will join this group of experts, including Todd Abramson of Maxwell’s & Telstar Records and music legend Roy Head, to discuss how an older, iconic artist can continue to be productive, authentic and relevant in an ever-changing and competitive music & entertainment industry.
SXSW Panel Details
Ponderosa Stomp- The Film: Be a part of the Music ::
Please view our short film
about three of the Ponderosa Stomp's artists - Roy Head, Classie Ballou and Lil Buck Sinegal, and the impact the Stomp had has on their lives. Enjoy!
The Louisiana Museum Foundation Gala: March 5th
Honoring “The Fat Man” – The First Rock ‘n’ Roll Record ::
The Louisiana State Museum and its Foundation present a gala honoring the 60th anniversary of the 1st Rock ‘n’ Roll record, Fats Domino hit “The Fat Man”, and the two unsung heroes behind the recording, trumpeter/producer/arranger Dave Bartholomew and producer/studio owner Cosimo Matassa.
To purchase tickets and for more information visit, www.thelmf.org
call (504) 558-0493, or check out our facebook page
Ponderosa Stomp to be Featured in New Exhibit at the Stax Museum ::
Andre Williams at Ogden After Hours, February 25th ::
Guitar Lightnin’ Lee at Ogden After Hours, January 28th ::
Joe Clay as Russ Wayne at Ogden After Hours December 10th, 2009 ::
A rare treat, Gretna's own rockabilly star Joe Clay will perform his seldom heard swamp pop material he cut under the moniker "Russ Wayne." Hear Joe give the full story in his Oral History on the Stomp Blog.
Joe performs as part of the ongoing Ogden After Hours series at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on December 10th, 2009.
Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center ::
Ponderosa Stomp Press Up ::
for the 8th annual Ponderosa Stomp are in.
8th Annual Ponderosa Stomp Highlights ::
The eighth annual Ponderosa Stomp will invade the House of Blues® New Orleans April 28 and 29, 2009. The 2009 edition will be the biggest to date, with an expanded three-day conference and a Ponderosa Stomp-curated exhibition at the Louisiana State Museum at The Cabildo in New Orleans. The 2nd Annual Music Conference and Exhibit is presented in partnership with The Louisiana State Museum and the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson and soul legend Howard Tate will be among the acts making their Stomp debuts. Rejoining the Stomp will be swamp man Dale Hawkins ("Suzie Q"), Dan Penn ("The Dark End of the Street"), the Hi Rhythm Section, and 75-year-old Lazy Lester, the patron saint of the P-Stomp, whose instrumental 1966 track for Excello Records provided the festival's namesake.
Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney of the Flamin' Groovies have not played a full set together since 1971, but will perform backed by the A-Bones at the P-Stomp. James Burton and Dale Hawkins had not shared the stage for 40 years prior to the 2nd Ponderosa Stomp but the rare pairing will return this year. Otis Clay will perform with the Hi Rhythm Section, another pairing that has rarely taken place in recent years.
Last year's P-Stomp drew standing-room-only crowds at the festival and daytime music conference. Jon Pareles of The New York Times called the P-Stomp "a party on its way to becoming an institution." He continued, "the Stomp mingled high-octane rockabilly, elegantly dynamic Southern soul, intricate New Orleans R&B and some kindred untamed music."
2009 Ponderosa Stomp Lineup & Dates ::
8th annual Ponderosa Stomp
Concert: April 28th and 29th, 2009- House of Blues®
and the Parish, New Orleans
Ponderosa Stomp concert lineup, tickets and travel info
and Stomp performance schedule with times
2nd annual Ponderosa Stomp Conference
: April 27th, 28th, 29th, 2009- The Cabildo, New Orleans
Complete Schedule for the Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference Posted
Record Show at the Ponderosa Stomp Conference
Tuesday April 28th, from 11 to 5pm, Cabildo, 2nd Floor
Stomp at SXSW 2007 ::
The Ponderosa Stomp and Rabbit Factory Invade SXSW
Friday, March 14th, 2007, Austin, TX, Continental Club
Little Freddie King, Kenny and the Kasuals, Ralph Soul Jackson, Herman Hitson, Wiley and the Checkmates, Barbara Mason, Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts, and The Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians. Stomp at SXSW
Eddie Bo at Odgen Museum ::
Eddie Bo performs at the Ogden Museum
Thursday, February 28th, 2007, 6pm-8pm
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA Free to Ogden Museum Members, $10 general public
Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference ::
Living the life they sing about: Ponderosa Stomp adds first-ever daytime conference for 2008. Intimate conversations with musicians, historians and music biz heavies take you behind the scenes of rock's secret history. Takes place at the historic Louisiana Cabildo April 29th and 30th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Read more about the Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference.
7th Annual Ponderosa Stomp ::
Tommy McLain and Clint West ::
Paul Lil Buck Singeal ::
Wardell Quezergue New Orleans R&B Revue Christmas Gig ::
The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, Renew Our Music and The Louisiana State Musuem, present the Wardell Quezergue Rhythm and Blues Christmas Show on Sunday December 9th from 2pm-4pm at The Cabildo (along Jackson Square, to the left of St. Louis Cathedral). Admission is free.
Ponderosa Stomp in New York ::
Look Out Brooklyn! July 14 at Maxwells in Hoboken- July 15 McCarren Park Pool, Williamsburg. Details Here.
Stomp 2007 Reviews ::
YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME, BABY: CULT HERO ROKY ERICKSON TO MAKE RARE OUTSIDE-AUSTIN APPEARANCE AT PONDEROSA STOMP ::
Reclusive, iconoclastic performer joining originators of blues,
garage, rockabilly, R&B, and rock'n'roll in welcoming
the Ponderosa Stomp back home to New Orleans on May 2, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Roky Erickson's biggest hit, "You're Gonna Miss Me," with his band the 13th Floor Elevators, only reached No. 56 on the national pop chart, yet the lyrics and music composed by this reclusive — and at times mysterious — musician still reverberate today. And this spring, Erickson will make a very rare foray outside of his hometown of Austin, Texas to play a concert-length set at the Sixth Annual Ponderosa Stomp, set for New Orleans' House of Blues®
on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Backing him will be The Explosives (Freddie Krc, Waller Collie and Cam King) who played with Roky in the '80s.
At the Ponderosa Stomp, Roky Erickson will be surrounded by legendary performers, including master arranger Wardell Quezergue and the New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue, soul songwriter supreme Dan Penn, rockabilly wild man Dale Hawkins, R&B soprano Little Jimmy Scott, Texas Tornado co-founder Augie Meyers, Stax sessions guitarist Skip Pitts, Gulf Coast guitar empress Barbara Lynn, Mardi Gras king Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Excello harp master Lazy Lester, keyboardist extraordinaire Willie Tee, President of soul Rockie Charles, hillbilly bopper Jay Chevalier, tough Texas shouter Roy Head, and rockabilly wailer Joe Clay, with more to come.
One of the first artists to refer to his music as “psychedelic,” Roky Erickson eclipsed Sun Ra as a legal resident of Outer Space. Since charting that Top 100 hit in 1966, Roky has become famous, and infamous, for drug use and mental health issues. These fits and stops have punctuated his career. Still, Roky has managed to emerge from the murk time and time again, producing classics like "Two Headed Dog" and "Don't Slander Me."
Now, thanks to diligent work both on his part and that of his legal custodian, younger brother Sumner Erickson, Roky is back in full force, as witnessed by the lucky fans who attended the 2006 Austin Music Awards or Roky's Ice Cream Social during SXSW and got a taste of his revived energy and spirit.
Says Dr. Ike, executive director and founder of the Ponderosa Stomp, "Roky's appearance . . . is a truly special occasion. It is only the fourth gig he has played out of Austin since his stupendous comeback. It is his first gig in New Orleans in more than 20 years. It will truly be a night to walk with the zombies under starry eyes."
Born Roger Kynard Erickson in 1947, Roky Erickson has exerted influence on such diverse artists as ZZ Top, Television, Zakary Thaks, R.E.M., Jesus & Mary Chain, the Butthole Surfers, the Cramps, Radio Birdman, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Mike Watt, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the White Stripes, Witchcraft and Primal Scream. Roky began playing guitar with The Spades when he was 12 years old — and it is with them that he first recorded "You're Gonna Miss Me," of which only 100-200 copies were minted. That rare slab of wax is the Holy Grail among collectors of garage rock records.
The Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators were formed in 1965 by electric-jug player Tommy Hall, who wanted to set his LSD-inspired lyrics to outer-space sounds. He recruited a rhythm section, but the missing piece was Roky. When the band recorded "You're Gonna Miss Me" for the Contact label, Lelan Rogers of International Artists caught wind and picked up the record. It charted No. 56 on the Billboard pop singles chart, and spawned an album, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, prompting the group to leave Austin and play the Fillmore and Avalon in San Francisco, and appear on TV's American Bandstand and Where the Action Is. When asked by Dick Clark who was the head of the band, Roky replied, "We're all heads."
A second long-player, 1967's Easter Everywhere, was widely regarded as the watershed psychedelic album. Says Dr. Ike, " it's truly a record for Martians fueled by LSD-coated sugar cubes." However, love of marijuana and LSD were not just the stuff of lyrics — police constantly harassed the band, and the Elevators were busted twice. Roky pleaded insanity to avoid a ten-year jail sentence for one joint. He found himself sentenced for five years to Rusk State Hospital, a mental institution. While at Rusk, he wrote more than 100 songs, and after his 1972 release, he attempted to reform the 13th Floor Elevators. However, a feud between Erickson and Hall stalled the Elevators on the ground floor.
Roky soon formed a new band, Blieb Alien ("blieb" being an anagram of bible and the German word for "remain") which was heavier in sound, with lyrics more steeped in sci-fi imagery. From a 15-song session produced by Creedence Clearwater Revival member Stu Cook came such nuggets as "Creature With The Atom Brain" and the extraordinary "Two Headed Dog." An original version of the song had been produced by Doug Sahm. During this episode of his career, Roky also declared that he was a space alien and not a human being. A combination of encroaching mental illness and unscrupulous managers sidelined him once again.
Emerging briefly in 1986 to record the critically acclaimed Don't Slander Me album for Pink Dust Records, Roky seemed closer to success than ever, but again, his demons would haunt him. In 1990, then-Warner Bros. Records executive and native Texan Bill Bentley organized a tribute album to Roky titled When The Pyramid Meets The Eye, featuring ZZ Top, Bongwater, R.E.M. Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream and Doug Sahm.
His appearance at the 1993 Austin Music Awards was hotly anticipated though ultimately disappointing — Roky seemed distracted. Yet 13 years later, in March 2006, Roky played the Austin Music Awards once again — this time an incredible six song set that brought the house down. He played about 10 shows later that year, including the Intonation Music Festival in Chicago, which was his first out-of-town gig in more than two decades. Once Little Steven featured him on his "Underground Garage" Halloween special broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio, the world had good reason to suspect that Roky is back for good — all of which brings us to the Ponderosa Stomp, the world's premiere roots romp festival, which has always reserved a space for psychedelic and garage rock pioneers among its celebration of true and unique American music.
Since its inception in 2000, the Ponderosa Stomp has featured killer performances by world-renowned garage veterans the Fabulous Wailers and Ventures guitarist Nokie Edwards, mind-slaying reunions of Gulf Coast-based garage rock groups like the Bad Roads and Zakary Thaks, and appearances by head pharaoh Sam the Sham, Midwest rockers the Alarm Clocks, and more. In 2004, Dr. Ike presented the two-night Tryin' To Mess My Mind garage and R&B festival, which included performances from ? and the Mysterians, Sky Saxon and the New Seeds, the Better Half Dozen, and New Orleans cult favorites Dr. Spec's Optical Illusion.
Ticket information for the 2007 Ponderosa Stomp, which will feature a very special performance from Roky Erickson and The Explosives, may be gleaned at http://www.ponderosastomp.com. Tickets will go on sale at TicketMaster®
on Thursday, February 15.
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Ponderosa Stomp 2007 Press Release ::
Pioneers of Rock ‘n Roll, Rhythm & Blues and American Roots Music to Perform at The Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans in 2007
Annual roots romp to take place May 2nd at House of Blues®, 2007
New Orleans, LA -December 14, 2006 – After a year in exile in Memphis, the 6th Annual Ponderosa Stomp, a music festival that celebrates and pays tribute to the unsung heroes of rock ‘n roll, rhythm & blues, and other forms of American roots music, will return home to New Orleans on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at the House of Blues® from 6pm – 2am. Already slated to perform at this year’s Ponderosa Stomp: Master arranger Wardell Quezergue and the New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue, soul songwriter supreme Dan Penn, rockabilly wild man Dale Hawk, R&B soprano Little Jimmy Scott, Texas Tornado co-founder Augie Meyers, Stax sessions guitarist Skip Pitts, Gulf Coast guitar empress Barbara Lynn, Mardi Gras king Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Excello harp master Lazy Lester, keyboardist extraordinaire Willie Tee, President of soul Rockie Charles, hillbilly bopper Jay Chevalier, tough Texas shouter Roy Head, and rockabilly wailer Joe Clay, with more to come.
“Put on your high heel sneakers 'cause were back in New Orleans – the Stomp's spiritual home and the birthplace of rock n roll,” says Ira (“Dr. Ike”) Padnos, executive director of The Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau, the 501c3 organization that produces the Ponderosa Stomp.
Since its inception in 2000, the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau, a non-profit group organized by rock ‘n roll fanatics who consider it their mission to rediscover and celebrate America’s overlooked musical pioneers, has partnered with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sun Studios, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, The New Orleans Musicians Clinic, and The New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund to help resurrect the careers of several legendary musicians.
“The Ponderosa Stomp is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the roots, derivatives and other offshoots of the art form that we call rock ‘n roll,” says Terry Stewart, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Over the last five years, guitar legends like Scotty Moore, Jody Williams and the late Link Wray; music iconoclasts such as Tony Joe White, Blowfly, and the Sun Ra Arkestra; and New Orleans heroes like Dave Bartholomew, Eddie Bo, and Earl Palmer have made the stage their home for The Ponderosa Stomp, a true cultural celebration that honors these heroes of rock ‘n roll and beyond.
In addition to producing The Ponderosa Stomp, The Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau also produces events throughout the year, including showcases at Austin’s South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) New Orleans’ own Voodoo Music Experience and one-night-only concerts in New Orleans and Memphis. For example, revered arranger/songwriter Wardell Quezergue, “the Creole Beethoven” who arranged such beloved Crescent City tunes as “Iko Iko,” “Barefootin,’” “Mr. Big Stuff,” “Groove Me” and “Chapel of Love” is back at work due to the efforts of The Mystic Knights. Blind, Wardell is now working with his son Brian Quezergue to transcribe his arrangements and showcase his talents via the Wardell Quezergue Rhythm & Blues Revue, a project under the aegis of the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau and the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund.
“The Ponderosa Stomp is a great opportunity for the pioneers of the music industry to get together and play for enthusiastic crowds and finally get the recognition they deserve. It was one of the highlights of my career,” says Dennis Coffey, legendary guitarist who has played with artists like The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and The Four Tops.
The Mystic Knights is partnering with the House of Blues®, New Orleans Fine Hotels, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Factory to help sponsor the 2007 Ponderosa Stomp. Additional sponsors will follow.
Ogden After Hours Series on 11/30/06 ::
Thursday, November 30th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau support the Ogden After Hours November 30th event featuring a set by The Wardell Quezergue New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue and a solo piano set by Willie Tee. The Wardell Quezergue New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue is cosponsored by the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund.
Contact: Libra LaGrone, 504.539.9600
Ogden Museum, 925 Camp Street
Henry Gray and The Royal Pendletons at the Circle Bar on Friday October 6th at 10pm ::
Friday, October 6th at 10:00
Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Avenue (on Lee Circle)
Long time piano player for Howlin Wolf, former member of The Red Devil Trio, Chess and Blue Lake recording artist, recent NEA award winner and Baton Rouge blues master Henry Gray will play two solo paino sets. Henry will be playing such classicas as Henry's Boogie Woogie, Look Out Mable, and The 44 Blues. Henry's two-slamming, two-handed set will be followed by the king of New Orleans garage, The Royal Pendletons. The Pendletons will be playing garage in true old school fashion – two guitars and drums like they did in the fifties. The Pendletons will play such classica as Trick Bag, You're Gonna Miss Me, All Your Love, and The Naughty Knight.
all this great music for $5
Ernie Vincent and The Top Notes with Guitar Lightnin' on 9/15 ::
Friday, September 15, 2006 at 10:30
Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Avenue (on Lee Circle)
Mr Dap Walk himself, Ernie Vincent and his smoking Top Notes will be at the Circle Bar on Friday September 15 starting at 10 ;30. Join Ernie as he gets up and does his thing. Ernie and the top notes are the hardest working funky r-and-b band working in New Orleans. With Lawyer Givens on sax, Don Williams on bass, Tommy Singleton on vocals, the beautiful Jasmin on drums and Ernie himself on guitar, you can't find a nasteir and funkier little band playing the backstreets of New Orleans -- Veterans of Ike's Club Purple Rain, Joe's Original House of Blues®, The Mother In Law and countless others. This is the band that truly plays the back o' town.
Ogden After Dark Series on 9/28 ::
Thursday, September 28 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ernie Vincent and guitarist Rudi Richard will be at the Ogden Museum from 6-8 pm. Rudi Richard was guitarist in Slim Harpo's band The King Bees and played on such blues classics as King Bee, Scratch My Back, Shake Your Hips, Got Love If You Want It and Raining In My Heart. Contact: Libra LaGrone, 504.539.9600
Ogden Museum, 925 Camp Street
2006 Stomp Reviews ::
SXSW Stomp Photos ::
From the SXSW Show and Party
Stomp at SXSW 'Hippest Ticket' ::
"As the pressure cooker of SXSW searches aimlessly for the next big thing, this mélange of blues, soul, and rock & roll made the old-timers of the bayou the hippest ticket in town. " Austin Chronicle Review. "If there was another set during the whole of SXSW with more passion, sweat, commitment, resonance and sheer, unalloyed fun, I’d like to know what it was." Austin American Statesmen. Read All of the SXSW Reviews
SXSW Ponderosa Stomp Recap ::
PONDEROSA STOMP PREVIEW SLAYS AUDIENCES, GARNERS RAVE REVIEWS AT 2006 SXSW
As the pressure cooker of SXSW searches aimlessly for the next big thing, this mélange of blues, soul, and rock&roll made the old-timers of the bayou the hippest ticket in town. – Austin Chronicle
If there was another set during the whole of SXSW with more passion, sweat, commitment, resonance, and sheer, unalloyed fun, I’d like to know what it was. As simply a performance, the Ponderosa Stomp was a rambunctious honky-tonk feast. As a testament to the resilience of the tempest-tossed Gulf Coast (and it was explicitly that), it was a declaration that these people, this music, and this culture is going to stand its ground and prevail.
– Austin American-Statesman
AISTIN, Texas -- The line outside the Continental Club stretched down the block last Friday night, as the Ponderosa Stomp SXSW Showcase – part of the Louisiana Initiative at SXSW and sponsored by Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and the New Orleans Musicians Gig Fund, via a generous grant from Rolling Stone – took a packed house on a whirlwind trip to the Gulf Coast. A veritable dream team of Mardi Gras Indians, swamp poppers, garage rockers, rockabilly heroes, soul singers, and R&B shouters were on the bill for the party, a sneak preview for the Ponderosa Stomp, scheduled for the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis, Tennessee May 8, 9 & 10.
Spanish moss hung from the microphone stands as Shreveport, Louisiana native DJ Fontana – best known for pounding the tubs on Elvis’ early sessions, recorded a half-century ago this year – took the stage with dueling guitarists Charlie Sexton and CC Adcock, bassist Kenny Bill Stinson, and a variety of vocalists, including swamp pop godfather Warren Storm, who belted out a vicious version of “Hound Dog” to a rapt audience, before fellow swamp popper Tommy McClain served up his own hits, including versions of “Sweet Dreams” and “Before I Grow Too Old.”
“Gulf Coast sentimentality endure the winds of change as artists from New Orleans to Galveston [worked] to preserve long-standing traditions threatened by hurricane and physical displacement,” wrote the Austin Chronicle’s Robert Gabriel. “Guitarist CC Adcock cooked up a roux of swamp stomp as he shared the lead with Steve Riley on accordion and songwriter Dave Egan on keyboard. One by one, a slew of living legends graced the Continental stage with a half century’s worth of deep emotional entrapment. Admirers swooned, couples danced in warm embrace, and special memories resurfaced with an emphasis on shared communal mores.”
Next, the Empress of Gulf Coast Soul brought the crowd to its knees with “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” and “Oh Baby (We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’),” prompting New York Times music critic Jon Pareles to write, “At times, SXSW can be like a musical museum – a good one. One program… organized by the musical archivists beyond the Ponderosa Stomp, included Barbara Lynn from Beaumont, Texas. She sang her R&B hits from the 1960s with soulful authority while plucking fierce, twangy leads on her left-handed electric guitar.”
Unforgettable musical moments followed: Funk master Eddie Bo dropped classic hits like “Hook & Sling” and “Check Mr. Popeye.” Decked out in trademark Mardi Gras beads, New Orleans native Al Johnson declared “Carnival Time,” and Houston soulster Archie Bell admonished Clifford Antone, Ray Davies, and the rest of the audience to “Tighten Up,” all backed by Lafayette, Louisiana’s astonishing Lil Band O’ Gold, which featured Adcock, Lil Buck Sinegal, and scronk saxophonist Dickie Landry. Excello bluesman Classie Ballou wrought the breathtaking “Classie’s Whip,” then played back up for Roy Head, whose show-stopping performance truly pushed the crowd over the edge. When killer Gulf Coast garage rock acts the Bad Roads and the Zakary Thax closed the night, the audience was panting from exhaustion.
“New Orleans’ loss was Austin’s gain,” John T. Davis of the Austin American-Statesman reported. “From the ceremonial entrance by Kevin Goodman and his Flaming Arrows tribe of Mardi Gras Indians to Roy Head’s white-hot four-song mini-set not long before midnight, the Ponderosa Stomp was a nonstop exhibition of funk, soul and sweat. Head set the tone early on, according to a witness outside the Continental who recounted that the singer showed up at the door with four women on his arm and a glass of whiskey in his hand and announced, ‘I’m Roy Head, and I’m here to rock!’ The hits, as they say, just kept on comin’. [Archie] Bell didn’t have to open his mouth to incite the capacity crowd to do the ‘Tighten Up’ – the indelible dot-dash-dot opening riff did the trick for him. Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson proved a one-man Mardi Gras encore. Guitarists Classie Ballou and Lil Buck Sinegal made 200 instant fans on the spot. And Lil Band O’ Gold supplied all the grease and groove any bandleader – or dirty-bopping audience member – could ask for.”
Less than 12 hours after the Continental Club showcase ended, the Ponderosa Stomp Gulf Coast Revue was at it again, performing an abbreviated showcase at a Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company-sponsored party and silent auction at Opal Divine’s on Saturday afternoon.
Wrote Lynne Margolis of the Austin American-Statesman, “Watching the Ponderosa Stomp legends of swamp pop at an Opal Divine’s gathering Saturday… the realization came that one thing we’ll never see at South by Southwest is manufactured pop. No Britney Spears. No American Idols. And that, above all, is what keeps it cool. There’s room for old vets living on past glories, still respected as long as they can still groove (and most of ’em still can, whether their heyday was in the ’80s or the ’60s or the ’50s). There’s room for 6-year-old drum prodigies, à la Classie Ballou’s great grandson, who played during Ballou’s Stomp set Saturday and signed his first autographs afterward.”
The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau also want to extend special thanks to both the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana Music Export Office, who made the Ponderosa Stomp SXSW Showcase possible.
This May, the Ponderosa Stomp – on the road since hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast – is setting its sites on Memphis. Now in its fifth year, the event, an offshoot of the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau (a social club-turned-501c3 non-profit organization) has been re-organized as a fundraiser benefiting the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and MusiCares.
Tickets for the 5th Annual Ponderosa Stomp are available for $40 per night at www.buyolympia.com. More than 60 legendary artists – an all-time record – will perform on three stages over a three-night period, while the Stomp will also feature ancillary events including a DJ Night, a Record Show, and more. Information about the line-up and the venue can be found at http://www.ponderosastomp.com .
The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau are also presenting monthly concerts at the Circle Bar and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, both located in New Orleans. The non-profit, volunteer-run organization, founded by a group of rock’n’roll fanatics to celebrate the pioneers of blues, country, swamp pop, jazz, soul, and R&B, has presented more than forty shows, helping to resurrect the careers of dozens of “lost” musical legends, including Howard Tate and Jody Williams, over the past five years.
GIBSON GUITARS INTEGRAL PART OF FIFTH ANNUAL PONDEROSA ::
Annual Roots Romp to be held May 8-9-10 in Memphis
“I played a Fender Esquire for a little while, when I was in the Navy. But when I started playing standing up, it wasn’t comfortable – which is why I switched to Gibson. When I was with Elvis, I played an ES-295. Today, my instrument of choice is a Chet Atkins Country Gentleman model. I made a few changes on it. I made it feel good — like an old pair of house shoes, or like cuddlin’ a girl up in the cradle of your arm.” — Ponderosa Stomp performer Scotty Moore
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — This May, the New Orleans, Louisiana-based music festival the Ponderosa Stomp — on the road since hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Crescent City and the Gulf Coast — is setting its sights on Memphis, Tennessee. Stomp organizers the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau, a 501c3 non-profit, will descend on the Gibson Guitar Factory in downtown Memphis May 8-10 for a three-day fundraiser benefiting the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and MusiCares.
Although by the time the first performer hits the stage, the factory assembly line will have ground to a halt for the night, a more appropriate venue could hardly be imagined: In this monolithic building, located a block south of Beale Street, craftsmen create Gibson ES Series electric guitars — specifically, the B.B. King “Lucille” model and the Chet Atkins model.
The roster for the 2006 Ponderosa Stomp reads like a Gibson guitar dream team of rockabilly, blues, R&B, and soul greats:
First and foremost, there’s Scotty Moore, who’s been playing Gibson models since 1952. Elvis Presley’s right hand man from the King’s days at Sun Records on through the height of his RCA period (that’s Scotty on everything from “That’s Alright, Mama” to “Jailhouse Rock”) Moore reinvented rock ’n’ roll with his blasts of R&B infused country riffs, jazzy vamping, and fiery phrasing. Later, he recorded the vastly underrated — yet aptly titled — The Guitar That Changed the World album. A few years ago, Gibson issued twelve Scotty Moore signature guitars, a modified ES-295, one of which hangs in Memphis’ Rock ’N’ Soul Museum today.
Memphis guitar genius Travis Wammack plays a Gibson ES-335 — practically at the speed of light. From his recording debut — on the Fernwood Records label at age eleven — through his session work at Muscle Shoals and most recently, his gig holding down the guitar chair in Little Richard’s band, Wammack has earned a reputation for grinding and wailing that makes him a stand-alone talent. Factor in the series of recordings he cut at Roland Jane’s Sonic Studios from 1963-67, which yielded such brilliant instrumental singles as “Scratchy,” “Firefly,” “Tech-nically Speaking,” “Night Train,” “Hideaway,” and “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” and you’ll wonder why Wammack isn’t a household name.
The six-foot, seven-inch tall Sleepy LaBeef is the ultimate rockabilly survivor, parlaying his raw talent into a career that’s lasted five decades. His first single, “I’m Through,” was released on Starday in ’57; seven years later, he moved to Nashville and signed to Columbia. In ’68, his hit “Every Day” hit the charts, followed by “Blackland Farmer,” cut for Shelby Singleton’s Plantation label a year later. LaBeef laid down his Gibson ES-150 to play a swamp monster in the Southern drive-in horror flick The Exotic Ones, then moved to Sun Records to cut “Thunder Road,” “Boogie Woogie Country Girl,” and “There Ain’t Much After Taxes.” An indefatigable touring act, LaBeef has released a handful of albums on Rounder Records since the 1990s.
Jody Williams, the architect of electric blues guitar, led Howlin’ Wolf’s band in the early ‘50s, playing alongside a young Hubert Sumlin on “Evil,” “Forty-Four,” “Moanin’ At Midnight,” and “All Night Boogie.” He later led Bo Diddley’s band and played on killer Vee-Jay sides by fellow Stomp performer (and Gibson player) Billy Boy Arnold, cut his own “Lucky Lou” for Argo, and originated the lick on Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange.” Williams, who still plays Red Lightnin’, his original Gibson ES-345, recently emerged from a 30-year retirement to win a W.C. Handy Award for his comeback album, Return of a Legend on Evidence Records.
New Orleans-born Fillmore Slim grew up singing and playing the blues on his Gibson ES-335, touring with Joe Tex and Little Willie John and cutting unforgettable — but incredibly scarce — singles like “You’ve Got the Nerve of a Brass Monkey.” These days, Slim is more often recognized for his second career as a San Francisco pimp, immortalized in the 1999 documentary American Pimp. Nevertheless, he’s still got skills on the six-string — and he’ll prove it when he straps on his Gibson at the Ponderosa Stomp.
The last surviving member of the first-generation swamp blues fraternity that includes Slim Harpo, Lightnin’ Slim, and Lonesome Sundown, Lazy Lester, who plays a Gibson acoustic, is best known for killer cuts like “Ponderosa Stomp,” “Patrol Wagon Blues,” “I Hear You Knockin’” and “You’re Gonna Ruin Me Baby.” Armed with a harmonica and his trusty Gibson, Lester brings the spirit of Crowley, Louisiana and the musical gumbo of J.D. Miller’s Excello Records genre-jumping recording sessions to life when he hits the stage.
Just after her sixteenth birthday, Gibson L6S guitar slinger Lady Bo found herself playing on classic Bo Diddley tracks like “Hey, Bo Diddley,” “Mona,” “Say Man,” “Crackin’ Up,” “Road Runner,” “Bo Diddley’s A Gunslinger,” and “Aztec.” In the ‘60s, Lady Bo was an esteemed sessions player who lent her skills to hits by the Bopchords and the Continentals, as well as Les Cooper’s “Owee Baby” and the Soul Rockers’ “Wiggle Wobble.” A rhythm guitarist in James Brown and Sam & Dave’s bands, Lady Bo still — jaw-droppingly — delivers the goods.
Nashville-based R&B king Johnny Jones has parlayed his skills on the Gibson ES-335 into a life-long career as a studio musician and first-rate performer. As the founder of the Imperial Seven, Jones crossed paths with a young Jimi Hendrix — then playing alongside future Band of Gypsies bassist Billy Cox in the King Casuals — who often showed up at gigs at the New Era Club to sit in and glean tips from the master. By the mid-1960s, Jones was playing alongside Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown on Hoss Allen’s mind-blowing TV dance show “The!!!!Beat”; soon after, he joined the King Casuals, who were signed by Brunswick Records in ’68 and released a trio of singles, “It’s Gonna Be Good,” “Soul Poppin’” and a soulful rendition of “Purple Haze” that rocked the blues world. After a few singles on Atlanta’s Peachtree Records and a stint in Bobby Blue Bland’s band, Jones retired, only to resurface in the late ‘90s to reclaim his crown with new albums on the Black Magic and Northern Blues labels.
Harmolodic guitar master James Blood Ulmer — who plays a Gibson Byrdland model — started out with gospel and doo-wop, backing groups like the Del-Vikings and the Swing Kings. Early on, Ulmer relocated to Detroit to form the progressive jazz combo Focus Novii. A move to New York in the early ‘70s led to a gig at Minton’s Playhouse, where he played with John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Larry Young, and Rashied Ali. Then the atom bomb hit: Ulmer hooked up with Ornette Coleman and recorded his first album, Tales of Captain Black. Opening shows for Captain Beefheart and Public Image, Ltd, Jackson formed a killer band that included Ronald Shannon Jackson and Calvin Weston on drums, trumpeter Olu Dara, and David Murray on sax. After years of riding his funk-punk-jazz-melt-in-your-mind synthesis, Ulmer started laying down the blues, recording two phenomenal albums, Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions and Birthright.
The best guitar slinger South Louisiana has to offer, Lil Buck Sinegal – whose weapon of choice is a Gibson ES-335 – honed his chops as an Excello session man and Clifton Chenier’s longtime guitarist. Revered for his work with Lil Bob of “I Got Loaded” fame, Rockin’ Dopsie, and Fernest Arcenaux, Lil Buck also recorded his own killer instrumentals – including “Cat Scream” and “Monkey in a Sack” for the La Louisianne label in the late ‘60s. An inductee into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame, Lil Buck plays with Lil Band O Gold today.
Detroit native Dennis Coffey played his Gibson ES-175 on virtually every Motown session from the late ‘60s through the ‘70s, including the Temptations’ “Cloud Nine,” Freda Payne’s “Band of Gold,” and more than 100 other gold and platinum selling hit records including the guitar-driven instrumental hit “Scorpio”. His career also encompasses eleven solo albums and CDs, including his latest, Under the Moonlight, which reached #4 on the New Adult Contemporary Chart and sold 50,000 copies; a movie score; and writing credits on more than 150 songs. The author of Guitars, Bars and Motown Superstars, Coffey appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. With his quartet, he performs regularly at the world-renowned Detroit jazz club, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge.
Although Gibson grinder Skip Pitts played on many Stax sessions, he got his start in Washington, DC. Before he turned fifteen, Pitts was part of a doo-wop group that auditioned for Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records; soon after, he backed northern soul great Gene Chandler on his “Rainbow ‘65” hit single and performed on Chandler’s Live at the Regal album. By sixteen, Pitts was playing with the Isley Brothers, then, a few years later, he joined Wilson Pickett’s Midnight Movers. Of course, Pitts is best known for the mighty wah-wah chords that cut through the opening of Isaac Hayes’ seminal “(Theme from) Shaft,” as well as his onstage work with Black Moses and the Bo-Keys.
Blues and soul star Syl Johnson sang and played with Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, and Junior Wells in the ‘50s before cutting sides with Jimmy Reed at Vee-Jay at the end of the decade. After recording a solo debut on Federal, he toured with Howlin’ Wolf until ’62, when Willie Mitchell signed him to Hi Records. Johnson, who plays a Gibson ES-335, hit big with “Come On Sock It To Me, “Is It Because I’m Black?” and “Take Me to the River” before moving to the Shama and Boardwalk labels, then Evidence, which released his axe-slinging epic Two Johnsons Are Better Than One in 2002.
Tickets for the 5th Annual Ponderosa Stomp are available for $40 per night at www.buyolympia.com/
. More than 60 legendary artists — an all-time record — will perform on three stages over a three-night period, while the Stomp will also feature ancillary events including a DJ Night, a Record Show, and more. Information about the line-up and the venue can be found at http://www.ponderosastomp.com .
The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau are also presenting monthly concerts at the Circle Bar and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, both located in New Orleans. The non-profit, volunteer-run organization, founded by a group of rock ’n’ roll fanatics to celebrate the pioneers of blues, country, swamp pop, jazz, soul, and R&B, has presented more than forty shows, helping to resurrect the careers of dozens of “lost” musical legends, including Howard Tate and Jody Williams, over the past five years.
REMINDER: Ponderosa Stomp 2006 is a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and MusiCares.
PONDEROSA STOMP SHOWCASE TO PLAY AT SXSW ON MARCH 17, 2006 ::
Preview of three-night roots romp starring New Orleans and Gulf Coast musicians slated for Continental Club during SXSW
AUSTIN, Texas — The Ponderosa Stomp’s Gulf Coast Revue at SXSW, slated for the Continental Club in Austin, TX, on Friday, March 17, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m, 2006. during the world-renowned five-day music festival, will offer a sneak preview of the 5th Annual Ponderosa Stomp, scheduled for the Gibson Guitar Factory in downtown Memphis, TN, May 8-10.
Performers at the SXSW showcase represent a veritable dream team from the New Orleans and Gulf Coast music scenes of the 1950s and ‘60s:
First, there’s funk master Eddie Bo
, who’s been laying down the groove for more than 45 years, recording unforgettable sides of balls-to-the-wall rock ’n’ roll, classic New Orleans R&B, and hardcore Southern soul. A veteran of such seminal labels as Johnny Vincent’s Ace Records, Apollo, Chess Records, and the Ric label, Bo, one of the last great piano players from the golden age of New Orleans’ R&B scene, has also penned classic hits like “Hook & Sling,” “Check Mr. Popeye,” “Check Your Bucket,” “I’m Wise” (the prototype for Little Richard’s “Slippin’ & Slidin’”), and “Dearest Darling” (a major hit for Chess labelmate Etta James).
Fellow Crescent City native Al Carnival Time Johnson
, who cut his first record, “Ole Time Talkin’”/”If I’ve Done Wrong,” for Aladdin Records in 1956 — when he was just 16 years old — dropped “Carnival Time,” the definitive Mardi Gras anthem, three years later. Soon drafted into the army, he finally resurfaced in 1999, when he was awarded the full rights to his hit. In 2005, Johnson reigned as the King of the Krewe Du Vieux during New Orleans’ carnival season, proving that he’s still Crescent City royalty.
Swamp poppers Tommy McClain
and Warren Storm
will also perform at the SXSW showcase. McClain, a native of Pineville, Louisiana who laid down brilliant blue-eyed soul versions of Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams” (which sold 10 million copies), the Righteous Brothers’ “Try To Find Another Man,” and Bobby Charles’ “Before I Grow Too Old,” possesses the same heart-wrenching vocal range he debuted in 1966. Storm, a Cajun raised in Abbeville, Louisiana, began playing drums professionally at 12 years old. After stints with legendary South Louisiana groups the Rayne-Bo Ramblers, Larry Brasso’s Rhythm-Aires, and Herb Landry’s Serenaders, Storm launched his own bands, the We-Wows and the Jive Masters. But his real fame came in 1958, when he recorded “The Prisoner Song” for swamp pop impresario J.D. Miller, which sold a quarter of a million copies. McClain and Storm, who are inductees in both Louisiana’s and Texas’ Music Halls of Fame, each remain a force to be reckoned with today.
Four-time Ponderosa Stomp performer Barbara Lynn
, the Empress of Gulf Coast Soul, will also make an appearance at SXSW. The Texas-born singer/guitarist first struck gold in 1962 with “You’ll Lose A Good Thing,” then penned “Oh Baby (We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’),” covered by the Rolling Stones three years later.
“Tighten Up” singer Archie Bell
, a Houston native, will perform alongside blue-eyed soul-meets-Texas garage rocker Roy Head
, South Louisiana guitar slinger Lil Buck Sinegal
, and Excello bluesman Classie Ballou
, all backed by Lafayette swamp pop traditionalists Lil Band O’ Gold.
Shreveport, Louisiana, native D.J. Fontana
, who began his incredible career in 1953 as the staff drummer on the Louisiana Hayride before jumping ship to back Elvis Presley on approximately 460 cuts and in films King Creole and Jailhouse Rock, as well as on TV programs like “The Ed Sullivan Show” and the ’68 Comeback Special, will also appear.
Killer Gulf Coast garage rock acts The Bad Roads
and the Zakary Thaks
were cherry-picked to close out the SXSW showcase. Expect to hear stompin’ original sides like “Too Bad” and “Blue Girl,” along with a scorching rendition of the Kinks’ “’Til the End of the Day,” from the Lake Charles, Louisiana-based Bad Roads, while Corpus Christi, Texas’ Zakary Thaks, still a primo blend of fuzzy guitars and first-rate songwriting skills, will deliver “Face To Face,” “Can’t You Hear Your Daddy’s Footsteps,” “Please,” and “Won’t Come Back,” from their canon of mid-‘60s garage-psych greats.
The Ponderosa Stomp’s SXSW Gulf Coast Revue previews the 2006 Ponderosa Stomp, slated for Monday, May 8–Wednesday, May 10, at the Gibson Guitar Factory in downtown Memphis, TN. The Stomp is sandwiched between the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival and the Blues Music Awards, making for one of the most exciting weeks of music in Memphis history.
The SXSW show is happening by sponsorship of Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. and the New Orleans Musicians Gig Fund through a generous grant from Rolling Stone.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans last September, followed by Hurricane Rita, which decimated portions of the Gulf Coast, the New Orleans-based Ponderosa Stomp, an offshoot of the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau (a social club-turned-501.c3 non-profit organization), has temporarily relocated to Memphis and reorganized the event as a fundraiser benefiting the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and MusiCares.
Tickets for the 5th Annual Ponderosa Stomp are available for $40 per night at www.buyolympia.com
. More than 60 legendary artists — an all-time record — will perform on three stages over a three-night period, while the Stomp will also feature ancillary events including a DJ Night, a Record Show, and more. Information about the line-up and the venue can be found at www.ponderosastomp.com .
CNN has declared the Ponderosa Stomp “history in the making,” while The New York Times music critic Jon Pareles calls it a “dream” event that “plunges into the obscure byways of rock ’n’ roll past.” Of the 2005 festival, Gambit magazine joined MSNBC, the Associated Press, Mojo, the Christian Science Monitor, High Times, Living Blues, the Chicago Sun-Times, and more, with praise, writing, “For roots aficionados, the Stomp was nirvana; you almost had to pinch yourself to make sure it wasn’t a dream.”
The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau will also present monthly concerts at the Circle Bar and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, both located in New Orleans. The non-profit, volunteer-run organization, founded by a group of rock’n’roll fanatics to celebrate the pioneers of blues, country, swamp pop, jazz, soul, and R&B, has presented more than forty shows, helping to resurrect the careers of dozens of “lost” musical legends, including Howard Tate and Jody Williams, over the past five years.
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Ponderosa Stomp #5 - May 9-10, 2006, Memphis - Update ::
The Ponderosa Stomp will be a benefit for New Orleans musicians taking place at the Gibson Factory in Memphis on 5/9 and 5/10, 2006. The proceeds will be split between the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and a special fund administered by the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau. The following performers are slated to play:
Arch Hall, JR
Clarence "Frogman" Henry
Rebirth Brass Band
Al "Carnival Time" Johnson
The Bad Roads
Lil Buck Sinegal
Hi Rhythm Section
The Bo Keys,
Kenny & the Kasuals,
Billy Boy Arnold
Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics
Little Freddie King
James Blood Ulmer
The Tennessee Three featuting W.S. Holland and Bob Wootten,
Wiley and the Checkmates,
The Fabulous Wailers
Big George Brock
The Rockabilly Country Band,
Jumpin Gene Simmons,
Mem Shannon and The Membership,
B. B. Cunningham,
The Alarm Clocks,
and James Burton.
Tickets will go on sale January 20th and will cost $40 per night.
Early sponsors onboard for the event include Gibson Guitars, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Blues Foundation.
PONDEROSA STOMP 2006 (#5) TAKES REFUGE IN MEMPHIS ::
TWO-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL BENEFIT NEW ORLEANS MUSICIANS VICTIMIZED BY HURRICANE KATRINA
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Ponderosa Stomp, the annual New Orleans roots music romp that draws music fans from all over the world, will change its location to Memphis next year. The festival will take place May 9 & May 10 in a venue to be announced. The money raised will be split between the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and a special fund to be administered by the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau — producers of the Stomp — to directly help New Orleans and Gulf Coast musicians. Due to the economic damage of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Mystic Knight of the Mau Mau want to try to help musicians rendered homeless and jobless by these disasters.
According to Ponderosa Stomp ringmaster Dr. Ike, “New Orleans and Louisiana musicians have played a major role in the development of American music. Without them, such musical forms as jazz, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, Zydeco and Cajun music would not exist as we know them. Katrina and Rita have greatly affected the ability of these musicians to make a living and continue the rich traditions of Louisiana music. The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau seek to raise money to help out the musicians so they can keep the tradition alive.”
Artists tentatively scheduled to appear at Ponderosa Stomp 2006 include Scotty Moore, Dale Hawkins, Sonny Burgess, ? & the Mysterians, Billy Boy Arnold, Lady Bo and more to follow.
Early sponsors onboard for the event include Santa Fe National Tobacco Products and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Additional details regarding Ponderosa Stomp will be announced shortly.
Updates will be posted at www.ponderosastomp.com
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Thank You! ::
Thanks to the all of the performers, the attendees, the sponsors, and all of the Mau Mau who helped make the 4th Annual Ponderosa Stomp the best one ever!
Stomp #4 Fallout ::
Thanks for making the Third Annual Ponderosa Stomp a success!
Thanks to all of the attendees, the performers, the sponsors, the volunteers, the Rock N Bowl and the Knights. We will be posting reviews and stomp merchandise on the site soon.
4th Annual Ponderosa Stomp News Release ::
NEW ORLEANS, LA. -- Unsung creators of rock 'n' roll, r&b, rockabilly, blues and swamp pop -- ones who made influential vintage recordings, perhaps scored a hit, and have been long forgotten by today's pop mainstream – will be once again celebrated as Ponderosa Stomp announces the lineup for its fourth annual music festival.
The two-night music festival, scheduled for April 26-27, 2005, again will take place on two stages at the legendary Mid City Lanes Rock-n-Bowl in New Orleans from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. each night. Tickets sell for $35 per night through the festival's web site, www.ponderosastomp.com and at the door. Prospective attendees are advised to purchase tickets well in advance as both nights are expected to sell out. The two nights of Ponderosa Stomp are book-ended by the two weekends of JazzFest so thousands of music fans will fill the Crescent City.
This year's lineup represents Ponderosa Stomp's most ambitious assemblage of American roots legends yet. Scheduled to appear are The Bad Roads, Classie Ballou, Archie Bell, Eddie Bo, Blowfly, Lonnie Brooks as Guitar Junior, The Carter Brothers, Jay Chevalier, Joe Clay, Larry De Riuex, Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics, Skip Easterling, Nokie Edwards (of the Ventures), Johnny Farina (of Santo & Johnny), H Bomb Ferguson, Henry Gray, Betty Harris, Dale Hawkins, Roy Head, Al Johnson, Johnny Jones, Little Freddy King, Eddie Kirkland, Lady Bo, Lazy Lester, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Matt Lucas, Barbara Lynn, Mando & the Chili Peppers, Nathaniel Mayer, Scotty Moore, Phil Phillips, Freddie Roulette, Lil’ Buck Senegal & the Top Cats with Stanley "Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural on Hammond B3 organ, Ray Sharpe, Warren Storm, Willie Tee, Travis Wammack, Barrence Whitfield, Brenton Wood and Link Wray. (Individual artist bios are posted at www.ponderosastomp.com)
Ponderosa Stomp is presented by the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau, a group of rock 'n' roll fanatics who are obsessed with celebrating the overlooked pioneers of blues, country, swamp pop, jazz, soul and New Orleans r&b. In the past three years, the Mystic Knights have presented more than 40 shows featuring a combined roster of more than 200 musical legends which reads like an impossible dream lineup of American roots music.
Ponderosa Stomp has won numerous citations in the media. The New York Times' Jon Pareles wrote, "The Ponderosa Stomp plunges into the obscure byways of rock 'n' roll past... regional hits and eclectic combinations…a dream!" Added Gambit magazine, "For roots aficionados, the Stomp was nirvana; you almost had to pinch yourself to make sure it wasn’t a dream." And CNN, advancing the event, proclaimed, "History will be in the making at the Stomp." In addition, the festival has been covered by MSNBC, Associated Press, Mojo, Christian Science Monitor, Offbeat, Living Blues, High Times and more.
The Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau (MKMM Charities, Inc) is a 501(c)(7) organization, seeking to recognize the forgotten and unsung pioneers of blues, rock 'n' roll, country, jazz and soul by presenting those pioneers to today's audiences through an annual series of live, intimate house party settings in New Orleans. Their shows have helped resurrect the careers of several lost music legends.
According the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau's grand poobah Dr. Ike: "The Ponderosa Stomp is the ultimate ass-shaking house party. Where else can you shake and groove for over 24 hours of pure rock 'n' roll insanity in the land in rock 'n' roll was born. Throw in the fact that it takes place in a 1950s bowling alley. Nowhere else could this take place other than New Orleans. Grab your back cat bone and monkey paws, throw your goofer dust on the floor and do whatever’s necessary to get here!"
Tickets and more information: www.ponderosastomp.com
Tryin to Mess My Mind Festival ::
"Tryin' to Mess My Mind,"
Two Nights Of Garage Mayhem & The Rocket Fueled R&B That Birthed It, Oct 1 & 2, 2004 at the New Orleans' Rock N Bowl. On night 1, witness three Louisiana Garage Punk Legends team up with ? Mark and the Mysterians. On night 2, a small army of the prime movers of the Howling Wolf / Bo Diddley bands will recreate the early Rock N Roll /Blues / R&B sounds that got it all started. Lineup and details.
Trying' to Mess My Mind Press Release ::
THE MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF THE MAU-MAU PRESENT THE TRYIN' TO MESS MY MIND FESTIVAL, TWO NIGHTS OF GARAGE PUNK MAYHEM AND ROCKET-FUELED R&B AT MID-CITY LANES ROCK & BOWL, NEW ORLEANS, OCT. 1 & 2
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Three of Louisiana's most notoriously legendary '60s garage punk bands, New Orleans' Dr. Spec's Optical Illusion and Souls Of The Slain and Lake Charles' Bad Roads will square off with Michigan's Question Mark and the Mysterians and California's Sky Saxon & the Seeds in the forthcoming Tryin' To Mess My Mind Festival, to be held October 1 & 2 at New Orleans' Mid-City Lanes Rock & Bowl.
The October 1 show will feature garage rock, while the October 2 show will feature garage rock's blues origins.
Tryin' To Mess My Mind is presented by the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau, who are best known for presenting the world famous Ponderosa Stomp (also held at the bowling alley) between Jazzfest weekends in New Orleans.
The October 1 show will possibly go down as the greatest conglomeration of primal rock 'n' roll seen on one stage since the halcyon days of 1966 when classics such as the Mysterians' "96 Tears" and The Seeds' "Pushin' Too Hard" ruled not only the charts, but the hearts of every true rock 'n' roll fan.
From where, you ask, did the aforementioned bands as well as garage godfathers like the Kinks, Animals, Yardbirds and Rolling Stones take their cues? If you had to narrow it down to the very beginning, Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf led the charge. While the former pounded out his trademark beat on Chicago street corners for change, and the latter ruled the Chitlin' Circuit nightclub scene by crawling around on all fours, screaming into a distorted microphone like his very life depended upon it, the roots took hold and garage punk as we know it today was conceived.
On October 2nd, fans may witness a deadly army of the prime movers behind the original Diddley and Wolf bands, including guitarists Lady Bo and Jody Williams, drummer Clifton James and harp master Billy Boy Arnold, as well as special guest vocalist Rick Stone, as they conjure the early rock 'n' roll, blues and R&B sounds upon which the entire garage revolution--and everything that came after it -- was based.
Tickets for the event are available from http://www.ponderosastomp.com
For more information on the Tryin' To Mess My Mind Festival or Ponderosa Stomp, please contact conqueroo:
Cary Baker (818) 501-2001
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Third Annual Ponderosa Stomp ::
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Stomp 2004 Review ::
By Andria Lisle
The powers-that-be in the local music industry should've been in New Orleans last week, when Memphis notables Sonny Burgess ,Matt Lucas ,D.J. Fontana , and The Hi Rhythm Section (who backed Percy Wiggins for an amazing soul set, then brought out harmonica master Willie Cobbs for some gutbucket blues) played the third annual Ponderosa Stomp , this year's real celebration of the 50th anniversary of rock-and-roll.
Billed as "two nights of rockabilly, blues, soul, swamp blues, swamp pop and New Orleans R&B by the true, unsung heroes of rock-and-roll," the Ponderosa Stomp, held at the Rock and Bowl Mid City Lanes , started at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27th and paused some 10 hours later. Then partygoers had approximately 14 hours off before the celebration continued on Wednesday.
Politically incorrect pimps-cum-entertainers Rudy Ray Moore and Fillmore Slim regaled the audience between seminal performances from bluesman Homesick James (accompanied by Memphian Scott Bomar on bass), R&B pianist Dennis Binder (backed by Bomar and drummer Paul Buchignani ), Northwest garage rockers The Wailers , and New Orleans heroes Oliver "Carnival Time" Morgan ,Willie Tee , and Eddie Bo . But that was just the beginning. More than 40 legendary acts, including she-wolfs Barbara Lynn and Lady Bo , played during the event.
For a tiny, word-of-mouth show, the Ponderosa Stomp was a great success. It drew nearly 1,000 music fans each night, including industry stalwarts such as Norton Records 'Billy Miller and Miriam Linna and Terry Stewart of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ; bona-fide celebrities such as Harry Shearer and Ray Davies ; dozens of journalists and die-hard musicians/music fans such as Steve Miller ,Ben Vaughn , and Joss Stone .
Pretty incredible, especially when you realize that the Stomp is the brainchild of one Dr. Ike and his nonprofit Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau , who cobble together their own cash, funding from Miller Beer and American Spirit cigarettes, and a few dozen volunteers to put together a party that puts big-budget events (including most, if not all, Memphis ones) to shame. If you didn't make it down to New Orleans, you can find out more about what you missed at PonderosaStomp.com .
What is the Ponderosa Stomp? ::
The Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau have trolled the backwaters and tributaries of rockabilly, blues, country, swamp pop, garage punk, soul, funk and more sub-genres than you can shake a stick at to present the Third Annual Ponderosa Stomp and we hereby command YOU, dearest music fan, to make the scene and dig the doings.
One quarter history lesson, three quarters house party and two nights of flat-out rock ‘n’ roll insanity, this year’s line-up is systematically programmed to viscerally blow your senses to bits!! We’ve got the famous, we’ve got the obscure, but most of all we’ve got the guys and the gals that still deliver the goods, playing the songs that blasted up the charts, influenced the masses or turned their authors into mysterious cult figures—occasionally all at the same time!! Where the Stomp differs from other festivals is in it’s ALL KILLER, NO FILLER booking policy and take-no-prisoners attention to detail. You’ll see the lost heroes you love doing the songs that have been knockin’ you out for years! It’s what we like to refer to as POETIC JUSTICE.
It’ll all be happening at Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl, a killer ‘40s style bowling alley located directly above a huge thrift store, a Thai Restaurant and the Crescent City’s best Cuban deli, the Union Supermarket. Although we know that there is just something intangibly special about hangin’ out in a parking lot during a rock ‘n’ roll show, those whose heart rates are known to become dangerously critical with continual exposure to a straight dose of non-stop R&R (rock ‘n’ roll, that is) from 5 p.m. till 2 a.m. can grab a bit of the other kind of R&R (rest ‘n’ relaxation, that is) downstairs in the Low Down Lounge, where a full program of R&B, soul and blues bands will be holding forth on both nights. For those who simply can’t make up their mind: schedules will be posted and those stairs make for some good exercise!! Get your tickets now as this blast-to-top-all- blasts is expected to sell out.
WHEN & WHO:
TUESDAY, APRIL 27: "I CAN’T FIND THE DOOR KNOB"
"Door Knob," you say? This evening’s mind-boggling array of festivities—MC’d by none other than Blaxploitation nexus, R&B howler and comedic legend Rudy Ray Moore a.k.a. Dolemite—will trigger so many head-spinning moments that by the time it’s all over you might not even be able to find the door! Be sure to arrive promptly at 5 p.m. for double-neck guitar wizard Deke Dickerson and his smokin’ band the Ecco-Fonics, who’ll be kicking things off with a set of their own before throwing down with former Bo Diddley side kick Lady Bo, the secret weapon behind such Diddley classics as "Aztec," and "Road Runner."
Dickerson and his well-oiled combo will also roll out the red carpet behind an army of blues and rockabilly pioneers including Louisiana Hayride veterans James Burton and Jimmy Lee Fautheree, Bayou State troubadour Jay Chevalier, Texas roadhouse rockers Ray Sharpe and Alvis Wayne, Memphis wild man Matt Lucas and Chicago harp master Billy Boy Arnold. Meanwhile, Al Green’s classic studio band the Hi Rhythm Section—featuring the ever-in-the-pocket Hodges Brothers—are set to lay it on the line for a groovin’ instrumental set before backing tuff Memphis R&B singer Willie Cobbs. Additionally, pianist Dennis Binder, whose band came to Clarksdale, Mississippi in the early ‘50s to challenge Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm to a duel and wound up recording at Sun Records, will be backed by The Early Times, a group of young Memphis and New Orleans all stars who take their name from one of his best known R&B rockers.
Topping things off are the grand fathers of garage punk, Tacoma, Washington’s Fabulous Wailers. Authors of countless rock ‘n’ roll anthems, they recorded "Louie Louie" two years before the Kingsmen, while the hard-edged line they drew from R&B to howling garage punk became the defining element of the North West Sound, influencing generations of musicians from the Sonics to Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana.
Downstairs acts include Homesick James, Henry Gray, Joe Clay, King Lloyd, John Ellison, and the inimitable Toussaint "Nothing Takes The Place Of You" McCall.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28: "TAKE IT EASY, GREASY"
When Cajun and Creole teenagers like Bobby Charles and Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins began picking up on the music of Fats Domino, they wound up unwittingly inventing their own style, originally known as South Louisiana rock ‘n’ roll and later called swamp pop. Charles, in turn, penned several hits for Fats—"Walkin’ To New Orleans" being just one of them—and though his influence on New Orleans R&B is undeniable, his songs reached anthemic proportions in the hands of swamp pop kings Johnnie Allan and Tommy McLain. Charles rarely performs live, so his appearance at the Stomp is not to be taken lightly! He’ll be ably backed by C.C. Adcock and the Mau-Mau Playboys, a crack band anchored by the hypnotic rhythms of his cousin, drummer/ vocalist Warren Storm.
Setting the stage for Charles are a host of other swamp pop pioneers, headed up by the "Sea Of Love" man himself, Phil Phillips, as well as Perkins, Allan, McLain and brakeless Gulf Coast rocker Gene Terry. King Karl and Guitar Gable will also be on hand, as will swamp soul and blues royalty Li’l Bob, Barbara Lynn, Lazy Lester and Carol Fran, who’ll team up for sets with Lafayette guitarist Li’l Buck Sinegal and his Buckaroo Orchestra. And moving ever-so-slightly to the West, Texas meets Louisiana in a glorious head-on collision of El Paso Rock and Creole R&B when Long John Hunter and Classie Ballou hit the stage for a six-string showdown.
Notorious Louisiana garage legends The Bad Roads have only had a smattering of reunions since they broke up after high school graduation in the late ‘60s, but they’re ready to crank up the fuzz on classics like "Too Bad" and "Blue Girl" and transport you back to the Catacombs Club in Houston where they used to square off with Billy Gibbons’ Moving Sidewalks. And whether you dig the New Orleans street beat or the Southeast’s Shag, you’ll get the best of both worlds when Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste wails out a late night set with New Orleans pianist Willie Tee.
The King Of The Pimps, Fillmore Slim, does the MC honors tonight and though he made his name in San Francisco, Slim’s a New Orleans native and a great gut-bucket blues guitarist in his own right; he’ll be doing a musical set downstairs as well. Other lower-level action includes New Orleans R&B, soul and funk masters Eddie Bo, Ernie "Dap Walk" Vincent, Oliver Morgan, Skip Easterling, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Rockie Charles, Irving Banister and the All Stars and Little Freddie King.
For tickets, full artist bios and other important details go www.ponderosastomp.com SEE YA LATER ALLIGATOR!
Poetic Justice ::
Here are some of our favorite moments from last year's 2nd annual Ponderosa Stomp.
A great day for blues fans as the original Howling Wolf guitar slingers Hubert Sumlin AND Jody Williams hit the band stand together (with Henry Gray) for the first time in nearly fifty years.
Louisiana Hayride legend Jimmy Lee Fautheree emerges from a 40 year plus hiatus to perform his Jimmy and Johnny and hillbilly material for the Stomp.
The Swamp Pop Extravaganza puts the largest and greatest group of Louisiana Swamp Pop legends on one stage for the first time.
Stomp Photos Posted ::
Check out the Photos
section to see tons of pix from the Second Annual Ponderosa Stomp.
Third Annual Ponderosa Stomp Press Release ::
THIRD ANNUAL PONDEROSA STOMP ROOTS ROMP SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 27-28 AT NEW ORLEANS' ROCK'N'BOWL MID-CITY LANES
Two-Day Festival Promises Cavalcade of Unsung Blues, R&B, Rockabilly, Swamp Pop and Garage Rock Legends
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Unsung creators of rock'n'roll, r&b, rockabilly, blues and swamp pop -- ones who made influential vintage recordings, maybe scored a hit, and have been long forgotten by today's pop mainstream - will be once again celebrated as Ponderosa Stomp announces the lineup for its third annual music festival.
The two-night music festival, scheduled for April 27-28, 2004, again will take place at the Rock'N'Bowl Mid City Lanes in New Orleans. Tickets sell for $35 per night through the festival's web site, http://www.ponderosastomp.com and through Ticketweb.com, http://www.ticketweb.com. Prospective attendees are advised to purchase tickets well in advance as both nights are expected to sell out.
Billed as "two nights of insane rock'n'roll," this year's fun begins on Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 with Toussaint McCall, Billy Boy Arnold, Homesick James, Ray Sharpe, Matt Lucas, Dennis Binder, Alvis Wayne, Jimmy Lee Fautheree, Deke Dickerson and the EccoFonics, Hi Rhthym Section with Wille Cobbs, Lady Bo, James Burton, King Lloyd Band, Henry Gray, Joe Clay, Jay Chevalier and John Ellison
The craziness continues on Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 with Bobby Charles, Phil Phillips, Barbara Lynn,Long John Hunter, Lazy Lester, Fillmore Slim, Ernie "Dapwalk" Vincent, Lil Buck Sinegal and his Buckaroo Allstars, Rockie Charles, Lil Bob, Guitar Gable, King Karl, Swamp Pop Extravaganza with CC Adcock and the Mau Mau Playboys, Tommy McLain, Gene Terry, Warren Storm, Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins, Classie Ballou, Carol Fran, Eddie Bo, The Bad Roads, Little Freddie King, Bobby Charles, Phil Phillips, Oliver "Who Shot the La La" Morgan, and Al "Carnival Time" Johnson.
Ponderosa Stomp is presented by the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau, a group of rock'n'roll fanatics who are obsessed with celebrating the overlooked pioneers of country, swamp pop, blues, jazz, soul and New Orleans r&b. In the past three years, the Mystic Knights have presented more than 30 shows featuring a combined roster of more than 120 musical legends which reads like an impossible dream lineup of American roots music.
Ponderosa Stomp has won numerous citations in the media. The New York Times' Jon Pareles wrote, "The Ponderosa Stomp plunges into the obscure byways of rock'n'roll past...regional hits and eclectic combinations...a dream!" Added Gambit magazine, "For roots aficionados, the Stomp was nirvana; you almost had to pinch yourself to make sure it wasn't a dream." And CNN, advancing the event, proclaimed, "History will be in the making at the Stomp." In addition, the festival has been covered by MSNBC, Associated Press, Mojo, Christian Science Monitor, Offbeat, Living Blues and more.
The Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau (MKMM Charities, Inc) is a 501(c)(7) organization, seeking to recognize thed forgotten and unsung pioneers of blues, rock'n'roll, country, jazz and soul by presenting those pioneers to today's audiences through an annual series of live, intimate house party settings in New Orleans. Their shows have helped ressurect the careers of two lost music legends - soul singer Howard tate and blues guitarist Jody Williams, both of whom played their first shows in 30 years for the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau.
Stomp 2003 - Photos from Night 1 and Night 2 ::
Hey y'all - here's some pics from the first night
and a few from the second night
... (stomp 2003) -More to come.
Stomp Postscript – Many Thanks to All ::
The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau would like to thanks all of the performers, fans, crew and the Rock and Bowl staff for making the second annual Ponderosa Stomp the biggest and best ever.
We would like to send a special thanks to the group of musicians who did double duties and performed behind many of the acts over the course of three nights.
Magic Slim’s Teardrops served as an explosive house band for many of the Chicago blues legends on night one. A righteous combo of Michael Hurtt, Jimbo Mathus, Paul, Scott Bomar, and Derek Houston led the insanity that was Nathaniel Mayer and Gino Washington. Bomar and Paul returned to back many other artists over the next two nights.
Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonics flawlessly backed a small army of rockabilly and LA hayride greats – including Jimmy Lee Fautheree, Scotty Morre and Ray Sharpe among others. Deke and co’s attention to detail and smooth stage presence made the perfect show even better.
Much of the same can be said about CC Adcock- and the group he assembled to back the unprecedented Swamp Pop lineup. It was a great day for South Louisiana as Adcock and company tore through the swamp pop greatest hits with full arrangements and horn sections- backing the who’s who of Swamp Pop stars.
Mua Mau secret weapon Lil’ Buck Sinegal served as the house band for several acts as well. All hours- all three days - they delivered the goods.
Lazy Lester and Warren Storm were all over the lineup- adding vocals, harmonica and drums for several acts.
And finally the Sun Ra Horns showed their mastery of blues and R n B as they popped up on almost a dozen sets throughout the Stomp.
And for all of the Knights - you know who you are- toiling long hours to pull of this crazed event - we salute you.
Stomp No2 Posters Now Available ::
Performance Schedule with Times ::
Performers Added to Stomp ::
Why stop now? The Knights have added "Wolly Bully" with Sam the Sham, Funkadelic Fred Wesley, Soul-Blues Diva Carol Fran, Sweet Memphis Soul with The Hi Rhythm Section, LA Hayride Legend Eddie Bond, and Blues Men Willie Cobbs and Little Freddie King. Check the Show Schedule for Details.
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MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF THE MAU-MAU PRESENT THE 2ND ANNUAL PONDEROSA STOMP ::
Three day music festival in New Orleans honoring the true and unsung heroes of rock and roll
"When you talk about music events, the Ponderosa Stomp is the real deal! This is three days of unbelievable performances by the artists who started it all. I didn’t miss a minute of it last year, and I’m telling everybody to get their tickets for this one right now!"
– Terry Stewart, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Mark your calendars: the 2nd Annual Ponderosa Stomp will take place April 29, April 30, and May 1, 2003 at the Rock’N’Bowl Mid City Lanes in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Last year’s three-day Ponderosa Stomp was a killer-diller, featuring the best blues, rockabilly, and rock’n’roll musicians the world has to offer, from the historic reunion of New Orleans’ own Cosimo Matassa studio band to blues players extraordinaire, original rockabillies, rip-roarin’ guitarists, and show-stoppers galore. All in all, it was more than 24 hours of butt-shakin’, toe-tappin’ music, augmented by plenty of good food and fun. Over 1000 lucky partiers attended the three-day event, and millions more read about it in such magazines as Mojo and Living Blues, and heard about it on PBS’ American Routes radio show.
For the past eight months, the Mystic Knights have continued their quest of bringing lost blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country and soul to the forefront with the same aplomb with which King Arthur’s men of long ago searched so zealously for the Holy Grail. Their mission, to bring the real obscure and true heroes of rock and roll to the Ponderosa Stomp, is, at this date, in its final stages for 2003.
And, without further ado: The line-up for the 2nd Annual Ponderosa Stomp:
Tues April 29 - "I Don’t Want No Bald Headed Woman Telling Me What To Do"
Starring Nathaniel Meyer, Gino Washington, Billy Boy Arnold, Hubert Sumlin,
Jody Williams, Henry Gray, Eddie Kirkland, James Blood Ulmer, the Kenny Brown Band, the Sun Ra Arkestra, John Primer, Nick Holt, Sam Carr, the King Lloyd Band,
Jamaladeen Tacuma, G. Curtis Weston, and Jimmy "T99" Nelson
Wed April 30 – "Train Kept A-Rollin’ Or Rocket Number 9 To Venus" Starring Paul Burlison & Rocky Burnette, Scotty Moore, James Burton, DJ Fontana, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Jerry McCain, Lazy Lester, Warren Storm, Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics, Rudy Richard, Tony Joe White, Lil Buck Sinegal, Billy Lee Riley, Jay Chevalier, Joe Clay, Ray Sharpe, Dale Hawkins, and Guitar Gable & the Musical Kings featuring King Karl, Lil Bob, and Jimmy Lee
Thu May 1 – "You Got To Swim In Mojo Hannah’s Sea of Love to Reach the Promised Land" Starring Herbert Hardesty, Ernest McLean, Earl Palmer, Salvador Doucette, Eddie Bo, Harold Battiste, Chuck Badie, Tammy Lynn, John Boudreaux, Joe "Guitar" Hughes, Rev. A.D. "Gatemouth" Moore, Calvin Newborn, Warren Storm, Tommy McLain, T.K. Hulin, Johnny Allen, Rod Bernard, Bobby Page, Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins, C.C. Adcock, Phil Phillips, John Fred, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Charlie Miller, Rockie Charles, and Tom Worrell & Sheba Kimbrough
Tickets are $30 per night or $80 for a three-day pass, plus $1 surcharge for all ticket orders. Available Feb 14th at the Louisiana Music Factory, the Rock’N’Bowl Mid-City Lanes, via www.knightsmaumau.com, and by mail order from the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau. Take the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s advice, and get yours before it’s too late!
For more info, visit the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau website at www.knightsmaumau.com or ask sponsors of the 2nd Annual Ponderosa Stomp – the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Living Blues, Mojo, the Louisiana Music Factory, and the New Orleans Music Exchange.
Rooms are available at a discounted rate for Mau-Mau guests at Hotel LeCirque (2 Lee Circle in downtown New Orleans, ph 504.962.0900 or www.hotellecirque.com).
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