September 15-September 17, 2011
The Ponderosa Stomp has spent the last decade bringing icons of American music back to the stage, shining a spotlight on the architects of songbooks that are part of our collective musical DNA. 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the Stomp, which has expanded over the years from a 2-day concert to include a film festival, music conference, record hop and a DJ dance party.
This milestone year will be hailed with tributes to the essential New Orleans producer Cosimo Matassa, Stax Records, Excello Records and Southern music with Allen Toussaint, William Bell, Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Floyd, Lady Bo, Sir Mack Rice, Lazy Lester, Dave Bartholomew, The Bo-Keys w/ Skip Pitts and Howard Grimes, Carol Fran, Classie Ballou, Warren Storm, The Relatives and more.
Celebrating the seminal songs that formed the backbone of American pop culture from the post-war era through the generations is not for the meek of heart – founder Dr Ira (Dr. Ike) Padnos and his fellow members of the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau specialize in finding performers missing from the stage for decades as well as reuniting the bands who’ve not performed together in decades. The New York Times described it thusly, “Among other things, the Stomp is a gathering of survivors: musicians who have been picking, pounding and wailing professionally for many decades, and whose gray hair and career setbacks haven’t tamed their music yet.”
Ponderosa Stomp 2011 includes:
Sir Mack Rice
The Bo-Keys featuring Skip Pitts & Howard Grimes
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Big Jay McNeely
Arch Hall Jr
Michael Hurtt and his Haunted Hearts
James Johnson & Rudy Richard of Slim Harpo`s King Bees
Lil Buck & the Top Cats featuring Stanley"Buckwheat” Dural
Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins
Little Freddie King
Guitar Lightnin’ Lee
Billy Boy Arnold
Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics
Creole Zydeco Farmers featuring Jockey Etienne
The Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference and Film Series will take place September 15-17 at the Renaissance Arts Hotel at 700 Tchoupitoulas Street. The conference will feature Rock Hall educators Lauren Onkey and Jason Hanley, as well as historians and musicologists Jeff Hannusch, Scott Bomar and Alison Fensterstock tackling Louisiana garage, an oral history with Big Jay McNeely and panels on Stax Records, Ernie K-Doe and Bobby Marchan. The schedule also includes a Q&A with Dave Bartholomew and a screening of a 1962 Fats Domino concert film.
The second incarnation of Clandestine Celluloid will feature a special tribute to the B-movie exploits of actor/musician/pilot/writer Arch Hall Jr., with the screening of 60's cult classics, Eegah!, The Sadist, and Wild Guitar, introductions and in-depth discussions with Hall and special guests, and selected excerpts from other films including The Choppers and Deadwood ‘76. Master Archivist Joe Lauro of Historic Films will return with a mondo blend of found footage and his annual performance compilation featuring Heroes of the Stomp.
The Tenth Annual Ponderosa Stomp Concert will take place September 16 and 17 at the Howlin Wolf, 907 South Peters St in New Orleans, Louisiana. The show will run from 7:30 pm - 2:30 am. Tickets will be $50. For ticket info, please go to www.ponderosastomp.com.