News & Updates

The Next Ponderosa Stomp Festival

We have had 13 insane, amazing, rockin’ Ponderosa Stomp Festivals over the last 20 years! We are grateful for the musicians, fans, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and everyone else in the Stomp family who have helped us put together these remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime performances and events. The Stomp Festival has always been a labor of love, not a profitable endeavor, and would not have been possible with the work and support of so many people. While normally the next Festival would be taking place this year, in 2019, we have decided we are not going to have a Festival this year and will instead focus our limited resources on presenting smaller shows and other projects, such as The Stomp’s A Closer Walk website. While it is possible that the Stomp Festival may return down the road, for now we are just grateful for all the wonderful memories of the 13 we were lucky enough to pull off. From the whole Stomp Family, thank you for the support and love.

The Ponderosa Stomp Presents The New York Knockdown

The Stomp is coming to Brooklyn, New York! On April 27th The Stomp takes over at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg for a night of rock, garage, and punk featuring The Gories, Derv Gordon formerly of The Equals with So What, The Oblivians, and So What, The Oblivians, and more! Get all the details and your tickets now!

2017 Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference

The full schedule for the 2017 Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference has just been announced! Taking take place October 5th and 6th at Ace Hotel New Orleans, the Conference will feature musicians, historians and musicologists tackling all kinds of music history topics and is not to be missed. Check out the full schedule and details!

Announcing A Closer Walk

The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation has teamed up with WWOZ, Bent Media, Randy Fertel, and ePrime Media to launch A Closer Walk, an interactive map of New Orleans music history. Check it out on your desktop, or use the GPS on your phone to explore sites in the city. It features photos from every Stomp Concert and video from every Stomp Music History Conference!

Announcing the 2017 Ponderosa Stomp Festival

The 2017 Ponderosa Stomp Festival will take place in New Orleans October 5th–7th. Tickets and Travel Packages are now on sale! Check out the lineup announced so far and all the Festival event details and check back often as we announce more artists.

Announcing Shake It or Break It: Three Nights of Jukin’ at Ace Hotel New Orleans in Anticipation of the 2017 Ponderosa Stomp Festival

The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation proudly announces this October’s most exciting music event, Shake It or Break It, a blowout three-day music bash on October 14-16, 2016 at Three Keys in Ace Hotel New Orleans featuring the best in blues, R&B, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll.

The Shake It or Break It Saturday October 15th event will also serve as the 2017 Ponderosa Stomp Festival launch party, where we will be announcing the 2017 Festival dates and the first few artists on the 2017 Festival lineup!

Jim Oertling: Rockabilly Legend to Salute Louisiana Flood Survivors at FREE Ace Hotel Concert

“The show must go on,” and rockabilly legend Jim Oertling is the personification of that mantra. The historic floodwaters that have devastated huge swaths of south Louisiana came within just 6 inches of his home north of New Orleans in the rural St. Tammany Parish hamlet of Goodbee. The towns to his west, from Robert to Albany to Livingston and beyond, look “like a disaster area,” he laments. Nevertheless, Oertling – who vanished from the music scene for decades before being reeled back in via the 2015 Ponderosa Stomp and its ravenous fans hungry for his early songs – is slated to perform Saturday, August 20th at the Ace Hotel in New Orleans.

Ponderosa Stomp Six of Saturns Jazz Fest Series at Ace Hotel New Orleans – May 1, 2016

The Ponderosa Stomp is proud to announce its partnership with the new Ace Hotel New Orleans and will kick off the relationship with a full day of Stomp programming on Sunday, May 1, as part of the Six of Saturns Jazz Fest Series at Three Keys Venue in Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans.

New Orleans I Am the Blues Documentary Screening at Synch Up Cinema – April 26, 2016

The Ponderosa Stomp and EyesteelFilm Present “I Am the Blues” at Sync Up Cinema 2016 presented by NOVAC and The Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

We Got Soul

Watch our newly released We Got Soul short film celebrating the artists performing at the 2015 Ponderosa Stomp Festival in October who dwell at the intersection of soul, R&B, and funk.

Musical Preview of the 2015 Ponderosa Stomp

October 1st-3rd 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana. Watch our newly released short film celebrating the dizzying array of artists performing at the 2015 Ponderosa Stomp Festival in October! As usual, the menu is an all-you-can-eat platter of classic rock ‘n’ roll, Chicago and Mississippi blues, New Orleans R&B, Memphis and Motown soul, hellacious rockabilly, blistering garage rock, and Louisiana swamp pop.

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2015 Ponderosa Stomp Festival

October 1st-3rd 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana. The 2015 Ponderosa Stomp Festival will take place October 1st-3rd.

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Mable John: Singing More Than Ably As Motown's First Lady, Stax Star, and Raelette for the Ages

Mable John occupies a very special niche in R&B history. A sister of the legendary vocalist Little Willie John, she is “surely the only singer in soul music history to have consecutively recorded for Motown, Stax, and Ray Charles,” writes Bill Dahl in a new profile.

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Unsung Heroes of Rock ’n’ Roll Exhibit

On view at the Louisiana State Museum’s Cabildo on Jackson Square, 701 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. “Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock n’Roll” is a much-belated celebration of the state’s formidable contribution to American music. “The exhibit showcases, for the first time, the rich – and largely unknown – musical history of Louisiana’s blues, R&B, soul, rockabilly, swamp pop and garage artists, who played a significant role in shaping popular music and culture for the last 60 years.

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THE ZOMBIES plus special guest Hollis Brown

Live at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA.

House of Blues presents THE ZOMBIES plus special guest Hollis Brown – in association with The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation – first New Orleans show EVER!

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Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino Film Footage by Joe Lauro

Rare Historic Film Footage of Fats Domino by Joe Lauro

Joe Lauro’s documentary “The Big Beat” will be closing out the New Orleans Film Festival in back-to-back showings on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the historic Carver Theater, ​ 2101 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA.

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Flamin’ Groovies

With The Men :: Monday April 28th 2014 at One Eyed Jack’s

The widely influential Flamin’ Groovies took the concept of greasy, good-time, high-energy rock & roll to its face-melting limits, and created a template for countless underground American bands in the process. They will perform with The Men on Monday, April 28th at One Eyed Jack’s.

Doors at 9:00 p.m.

NOMC’s Sweet 16 Prom

With Little Freddie King :: Wednesday April 30th 2014 at Palm Court Jazz Café

Wednesday April 30th Palm Court Jazz Café
1204 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Music & Dancing from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $25 and are available now!

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2015 Ponderosa Stomp Festival

Fall 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana

The next Ponderosa Stomp Festival, then, will take place in the fall of 2015.

Thank you for your continued support of our work and we hope to see everyone in New Orleans in 2015!

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages!        

With Gaunga Dyns, The Lonely Knights, and Dr. Ike spins :: Friday, January 10 at Siberia :: Sauturday, January 11at Publiq House

Louisiana Deep Soul Men at the 2013 Ponderosa Stomp!        

Watch Louisiana Deep Soul - Behind the Curtain with the Ponderosa Stomp, our newly released short film featuring Charles Brimmer, Richard Caiton, Lynn August and James Alexander, all who will be performing live in New Orleans at the 2013 Ponderosa Stomp.

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Behind the Curtain with the Sonics and Swamp Dogg

Hailing from Tacoma Washington, The Sonics burst onto the American garage rock scene in the early 1960s. The Sonics quickly forged a unique and unprecedentedly savage sound which has been a major influence on punk, garage, and rock.
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Since the late 1960s, Swamp Dogg has been the principal musical outlet of psychedelic soul visionary Jerry Williams Jr.  Entertainment Weekly called Swamp Dogg “a one of a kind musical genius.” In a career spanning nearly 60 years, Swamp Dogg has focused on songs about the struggles of the little guy, in pointed reflections on the ills of society...
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Behind the Curtain with the Ponderosa Stomp 2013!

Watch Behind the Curtain with the Ponderosa Stomp, our newly released mini-documentary celebrating the dizzying array of artists performing at the 2013 Ponderosa Stomp Festival in October, from girl singers to rock n’ roll to soul, garage and swamp shouters.

Feral Garage Legends at the 2013 Ponderosa Stomp!

Watch Riot on the Sunset Strip!, our newly released mini-documentary celebrating four of the 2013 Stomp Concert performers: The Sloths, Ty Wagner, The Standells and the Gaunga Dyns

Where the Girls Are Mini-Documentary!

Watch Where the Girls Are, our newly released mini-documentary celebrating the three of the greatest female vocalists of the Girl Group genre and 2013 Stomp Concert performers: Justine "Baby" Washington, Chris Clark and Maxine Brown.

Naughty Nurse Prom

The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic Presents The Naughty Nurse Prom in Celebration of NOMC’s 15th Anniversary! Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, Palm Court Jazz Cafe – Featuring Live Music by Lil’ Freddie King & Guitar Lightnin’ Lee with special guest Christine (The Beehive Queen) Ohlman.

The Second Annual Bobby Charles Tribute

April 30th 2013 at New Orleans’ famous Rock ‘n’ Bowl
Come celebrate Bobby Charles and the release of Shannon McNally’s "Small Town Talk"
Presented by The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation & The Bobby Charles Trust

Ponderosa Stomp Foundation and One Eyed Jacks Present:
Barbara Lynn with Lil' Buck Sinegal and His Buckaroos

Barbara Lynn, the Empress of Gulf Coast Soul and Lil' Buck Sinegal and His Buckaroos on May 3rd 2013 at One Eyed Jacks!