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Ponderosa Stomp set for Memphis: Memphis Commercial Appeal

By David Williams
December 19, 2005

The Ponderosa Stomp, a self-styled "roots music romp" displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, is set for May 9-10 at the Gibson Guitar factory.
The official announcement will be made today.

The lineup for the hurricane-relief event includes more than three dozen acts so far, from Clarence 'Frogman' Henry of "Ain't Got No Home" fame to Sun Records guitar legend Scotty Moore to jazz and blues player James 'Blood' Ulmer.

The Stomp taps into a most musical time in the Bluff City: The 2006 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival is May 5-7 and the Blues Music Awards are May 11.
"We wanted to do it in a place that had as much music history and influence on American culture as New Orleans. And the only other place we could think of was Memphis, Tennessee," said executive director Ira Padnos, a New Orleans anesthesiologist better known as "Dr. Ike" in his Stomp guise.
He described the Stomp as "an all-killer, no-filler jukebox, in that you'll know song after song."

Put another way, he said, "It's like the ultimate players' ball, of people who were very influential in rock and roll, but just never got their proper due."
Tickets are $40 per night, with music running from 5 p.m. until at least 2 a.m.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 20. More information is available at

Padnos said he expects to add acts to the lineup, including some "Memphis surprises."

The Blues Foundation, which produces the Blues Music Awards, is touting the Stomp, as well as the MIM fest, in its marketing efforts.

"We believe this is good for our event," said Jay Sieleman, executive director of The Blues Foundation. "It gives people who want to come to our event more reasons to come to Memphis."

Plans are to return the Stomp to New Orleans in 2007.

Money raised in Memphis will go to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and a fund to be administered by the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau, the cultural organization that produces the Stomp as a way to highlight the history of American roots music and its musicians.

-- David Williams: 529-2310

What: A roots music fest featuring such acts as Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, the Rebirth Brass Band, Scotty Moore, the Hi Rhythm Section, the Bo-Keys, Sonny Burgess, ? & the Mysterians and James 'Blood' Ulmer.
Where: Gibson Guitar factory
When: May 9-10
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