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Ponderosa Stomp Grows: POLLSTAR

The quintessential-yet-quirky American music festival, Ponderosa Stomp, has scored a musical trifecta:
The New Orleans-based festival, an offshoot of the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau has found a temporary home at the Gibson Guitar Factory in downtown Memphis, reorganized itself as a fundraiser benefiting the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and MusiCares, and recruited more than 60 artists to perform on three stages over a three-night period on May 8, 9 & 10.

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans last September, followed by Hurricane Rita, it was perennial Ponderosa Stomp performer Scotty Moore who declared that the show must go on - albeit in his hometown of Memphis, a city that rivals NOLA with its rich musical history.

A calvacade of performers have signed on to appear, including garage rockers ? and the Mysterians, rockabilly heroes Sonny Burgess, Hayden Thompson, DJ Fontana, Sleepy LaBeef, Dale Hawkins, Roy Head, Alvis Wayne, Matt Lucas, and the Tennessee Three; guitar slingers Scotty Moore, Jody Williams, andJames Blood Ulmer; pedal steel genius Herb Remington; blues greats Billy Boy Arnold, Willie Cobbs, Fillmore Slim, and Kenny Brown, R&B champs Lady Bo, Wiley & the Checkmates, and Betty Harris, and soul stars Syl Johnson, Bobby Patterson and Archie Bell, and the indescribable Arch Hall, Jr.

Also scheduled are a number of Memphis acts including Ace Cannon, William Bell, the Climates, the Hi Rhythm Section, and Jumpinš Gene Simmons.

A stellar New Orleans line-up brings Joe Clay, Jay Chevalier, Mem Shannon, Tammy Lynn, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Rebirth Brass Band, Willie Tee, and Eddie Bo, among many others.

Instrumental groups the Bo-Keys and Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics will back many of these legendary performers.

The roster reads like a litany of Americašs musical history, drawing talent from renowned recording studios and record labels including Ace Records, the Ron and Ric labels, Hi Records, Stax Records, Chess Records, Motown, Sea-Saint, Sun Records, Cosimo Matassašs J&M and Cosimo Recording Studio, Excello, and Royal Recording Studio.

The Stomp is sandwiched between the Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival and the Blues Music Awards, making for one of the exciting weeks of music in Memphis history.

Tickets are available for $40 per night at

More information about the line-up and the venue can be found at
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