Ponderosa Stomp 3rd Annual
Music History Conference

September 24th and 25th, 2010 Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans

*This is from a past festival, Current Ponderosa Stomp info can be found here.

Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference 2010 In 2008, the Stomp drafted the many music critics and scholars who had long been attending the concert to create the Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference – a series of live interviews and first-person discussions with the stars of the show, as well as DJs, record men, field recorders and others who shaped musical history.

Through its vital collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Louisiana State Museum, the Stomp Conference presents and records the stories of some of American music’s most treasured architects. Footage of conference interviews is archived at both institutions, capturing a significant repository of cultural history in keeping with the Foundation’s overall mission.

General Information for 2010 Music History Conference:

The Conference takes place Friday September 24th and Saturday September 25th, at the Louisiana State Museum’s historic Cabildo in Jackson Square.

A complimentary lunch courtesy of the Green Goddess Restaurant, Desperados Pizza and the R Bar will be served in the courtyard at 1 p.m. daily – first come, first served.

The Ponderosa Stomp-curated exhibit “Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock n’Roll” is on view on floor 2A of the Cabildo during the Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference. Admission to the Conference allows you to entrance to the exhibit, as well.

Selected sessions from the 2010 conference will be live-streamed on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website.

An array of iconic musicians will be interviewed at the conference including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees: Duane Eddy, Ronnie Spector, and Dave Bartholomew. See the full schedule below!

3rd Annual American Music History Conference Daily Schedule:

  • Friday, September 24th, 2010

    • Arsenal Room, 3rd Floor

      • 12:30–1:30 p.m.
        Duane Eddy with Deke Dickerson

        Chrome-domed rockabilly punk Deke Dickerson is a longtime Stomp backing bandleader and accomplished musician and music writer in his own right. Two guitar slingers go head to head, as he chats with legendary King of Twang and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duane Eddy.

      • 1:45–2:45 p.m.
        Jimi Espinoza of Thee Midniters with Dr. Lauren Onkey and Kid Congo Powers

        Renegade punk-blues guitar stylist Kid Congo Powers – of the Cramps, the Gun Club and Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds – joins Rock and Roll Hall of Fame VP of Education and Public Programs Lauren Onkey in this discussion with original bassist Jimi Espinoza of Thee Midniters, who ignited Chicano rock in 60’s East L.A. with cruising anthems like “Whittier Blvd.”

      • 3:00–4:00 p.m.
        Gloria Jones with Ann Powers

        Los Angeles Times senior pop critic discusses with Gloria Jones what is truly a life in rock – from her influential soul cuts like “Tainted Love” to her life on the glam-rock scene with Marc Bolan.

      • 4:15–5:30 p.m.
        Ronnie Spector with Dr. Lauren Onkey

        The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Dr. Lauren Onkey chats with the legendary Ronnie Spector – the diminutive, high-haired wild child whose commitment to rock n’roll started in Spanish Harlem, survived Phil Spector, influenced the Rolling Stones and the Ramones and still burns bright today.

    • First Floor Gallery

      • 12:00–1:00 p.m.
        Ian Dunlop with Holly George-Warren

        Award-winning author, journalist and Western wear expert Holly George-Warren talks with Ian Dunlop, original bassist for Gram Parsons’ pre-Burrito outfit the International Submarine Band.

      • 1:15–2:30 p.m.
        The Trashmen with Jason Hanley

        The Trashmen, the wild 60’s Minnesotans behind the bird share the word with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame director of education Jason Hanley.

      • 2:45–3:45 p.m.
        Gerri Hall with Rick Coleman

        Award-winning Fats Domino biographer Rick Coleman talks with Gerri Hall – famed as the female member of Huey Smith & the Clowns. As a longtime habitue and waitress at the Dew Drop Inn, she experienced incredible New Orleans music history firsthand and knew virtually all of the local musicians. Always known as a wild lady, Gerri is a vivacious septugenarian who is still speaking her mind. She is a New Orleans rock 'n' roll legend.

      • 4:00–5:00 p.m.
        Floyd Soileau with John Broven

        Two legends come together in this conversation. British-born author John Broven remains the definitive authority on South Louisiana swamp pop, Cajun music and R&B, with his groundbreaking texts “South to Louisiana” (1983) “Rhythm & Blues in New Orleans” (1974) and “Record Makers and Breakers.”(2009)His longtime associate Floyd Soileau cut the records Broven wrote the books on, founding seminal labels like Jin, Swallow, Vee Pee and Big Mamou to put out artists like Clifton Chenier and Rod Bernard.

  • Satrurday, September 25th, 2010

    • Arsenal Room, 3rd Floor

      • 12:00–1:00 p.m.
        Tommy Brown with Chris Morris

        Grammy-nominated Los Angeles-based writer and DJ Chris Morris, the 60’s bluesman turned 70’s “party record”-making comedian. The Atlanta-based bluesman has held down legend status for over half a century, playing, hanging and entertaining with artists from T-Bone Walker to Tina Turner.

      • 1:15–2:15 p.m.
        Wendy Rene, Lala Brooks and Barbara Lynn with Holly George-Warren

        Award-winning author Holly George-Warren leads the Stomp Conference’s second installent of the “Here Come The Girls” panel, which she originally moderated at the first conference in 2008. Cult Stax singer Wendy Rene of “BBQ” fame, girl group legend Lala Brooks, and left-handed Gulf Coat guitar empress Barbara Lynn share their stories of the vagaries of the music business for black women in the prefeminist era.

      • 2:30–3:30 p.m.
        Jim Russel with Alex Rawls

        Record man Jim Russell has operated his namesake shop for over 40 years. Over his impressive tenure in the New Orleans music scene, he's gathered stories about nearly every big name in the Crescent City pantheon. Offbeat magazine editor Alex Rawls reminisces with him.

      • 3:45–5:00 p.m.
        Dave Bartholomew with John Broven and Ira “Dr. Ike” PadnosMade possible with support from Cyril E. Vetter

        Without the talents of producer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout and trumpeter Dave Bartholomew, the world would never have heard of a piano player named Fats – and that’s only scratching the edge of the tip of the iceberg for Dave Bartholomew, New Orleans’ premier architect of rock n’roll. With Stomp founder Dr. Ike and chronicler John Broven, Bartholomew shares his firsthand account of the dawn of the American rock and R&B sound.

    • First Floor Gallery

      • 12:00–1:00 p.m.
        Leroy Martin and Johnnie Allan with John Broven and Michael Hurtt

        South Louisiana music authority John Broven and frequent MOJO contributor and musician Michael Hurtt talk with Cajun guitar legends Leroy Martin and Johnnie Allan. Look for a possible appearance by their longtime co-conspirator and legendary Ville Platte record man Floyd Soileau!

      • 1:30–2:30 p.m.
        Lil Buck Sinegal with Ira “Dr. Ike” Padnos

        Ponderosa Stomp secret weapon Lil Buck Sinegal has led the band for Stomp events for the event’s entire history. With running buddy Dr. Ike, he finally discloses his story of life as South Louisiana’s crack guitar slinger, from Clifton Chenier’s band to hundreds of Excello sessions to “Monkey in a Sack” and “Cat Scream.”

      • 3:00–4:00 p.m.
        Roy Head with Andy Schwartz

        Texas wild man Roy Head can still do the alligator, offer marital advice, whip a roadhouse into a soul frenzy and probably fry an egg all at the same time. The irrepressible soul man behind “Treat Her Right” chats with New York Rocker founder and longtime music journalist Andy Schwartz.

*** 15 to 30 minutes between sessions is allowed for the audience of each discussion to change over at a comfortable pace. Please be respectful of our schedule, and join the speakers and moderators in the courtyard or the second floor gallery record fair following their session for refreshments, further conversation and memorabilia signing. ***

The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation thanks Dr. Lauren Onkey and Jason Hanley of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for hosting this year’s Music History Conference.

Admission Information:

Those attending the Stomp Music History Conference are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 per day upon arrival.

The donation also gets attendees entry to the Clandestine Celluloid film series, the Record Hop record fair and the Ponderosa Stomp curated “Unsung Heroes” Music Exhibit.

Tickets to the Ponderosa Stomp concert are $50 per night and can be purchased online.


For questions regarding the 2010 Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference, please contact The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation’s program director Alison Fensterstock at alisonf@ponderosastompfoundation.org.


The 3rd Annual Music History Conference is possible with support from:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

For information or to join the membership program call: 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com

The Friends of The Cabildo
The Friends of The CabildoThe Friends of the Cabildo is a non-profit volunteer group organized in 1956 to provide support for the Louisiana State Museum.

There are six museums in the New Orleans French Quarter that are operated by the Louisiana State Museum. The Cabildo traces the history of the city, while the Presbytere, Mardi Gras Museum and the Arsenal display exhibits of local interest. The 1850 House shows life as it was in mid-1800 New Orleans.  In addition, the Old U.S. Mint and “Madame John's Legacy” are part of the Museum system.   All proceeds from our tours and other fund raising activities aid in the support of these historic sites, and in the ongoing educational programming of the Museum.

The Louisiana State Museum
New Orleans' most prominent heritage attraction is the Louisiana State Museum, a complex of national landmarks housing thousands of artifacts and works of art reflecting Louisiana's legacy of historic events and cultural diversity.

The Museum operates five properties in the famous French Quarter: the Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House, Old U.S. Mint and Madame John's Legacy. Also the Louisiana State Museum – Patterson in Patterson, Louisiana State Museum – Baton Rouge, the Old Courthouse in Natchitoches, and the E.D. White Historic Site in Thibodaux.