Flamin’ Groovies, Jim
Jones Revue, Henry Gray, Duane Eddy,
SugarPie De Santo, Thee Midniters, Red Simpson, The Trashmen, Honeyboy Edwards,
Lazy Lester, LaLa Brooks of the Crystals, Roy Head, Barbara Lynn, DL Menard and
more. Plus a music history conference to boot. Sweet!
By Blurt Staff
The 9th Annual Ponderosa Stomp Festival bum-rushes the fall after eight years of spring events, and fans are
marking their calendars on the 24th & 25th of this month.The Ponderosa
Stomp throws down in its 9th year with an incredible array of performers. The
line up represents American music’s expansive range of genres, from twangy
guitar genius to bold, sassy R&B, Chicano rock, primal garage, truckin’
anthems, Southern soul, blues, Cajun, swamp pop and rockabilly.
Duane Eddy, SugarPie
De Santo, Thee Midniters, Red Simpson, The Trashmen, Honeyboy Edwards, Lazy
Lester, LaLa Brooks of the Crystals, Roy Head, Barbara Lynn and Cajun genius
D.L. Menard will lead the charge.
They are joined by
R&B singer Wendy Rene, Texas rockabilly guitarist Huelyn Duvall, New
Orleans’ Joe Clay, the swamp pop masters Harry Anselmi, Leroy Martin, Vin Bruce
blues shouters Young Jessie and Tommy Brown, New Orleans R&B singers
Wallace Johnson and Willie West, Lil Buck and the Top Cats, Lost Bayou
Ramblers, Johnnie Allan, Doug Ardoin & Bert Miller, Joyce Harris,
Sammy Ridgley, Deke Dickerson and his Eccofonics, Michael Hurtt and his Haunted
Hearts, Eve and the Exiles and Homer Henderson.
Concurrently, during the day there will be the American
music history conference, presented in partnership with the Rock N’ Roll Hall
of Fame & Museum and the Louisiana State Museum, at the beautiful Cabildo
in Jackson Square, in which the great producers, iconoclastic performers,
journalists and notable music figures speak on panels and oral histories. This
year interviewees include Duane Eddy, Thee Midniters, Ronnie Spector, The Trashmen,
Gloria Jones, Roy Head and Dave Bartholomew among others. The historians Holly
George-Warren and John Broven is on board; acclaimed journalists like Ann
Powers and Chris Morris join the experts from the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame to
handle the interviews. Also, an exhibit, curated by The Ponderosa Stomp
Foundation, “The Secret History of Louisiana Rock ‘n’ Roll” is on display at
the museum as well. Outside the Cabildo is a record show, for those who’d like
to pick up some new albums.
This year’s Clandestine Celluloid film series moves to One
Eyed Jacks, a few blocks from the Music History Conference being held in the
Cabildo in Jackson Square.
The two-day series, with filmmakers Les
Blank, Bradley Beesley and others in attendance, includes the first ever
public screening of “It’s What’s Happening, Baby!, a 1965 TV special hosted by
the infamous East Coast DJ Murray the K, a sneak preview of the
film-in-progress “Bayou Maharajah” about New Orleans piano legend James Booker,
“Hot Pepper”, the story of Clifton Chenier , and some extremely clandestine
films that have been scarcely seen and hotly pursued by those who have heard
To open the Stomp this year, there will be a performance and
interview with bluesman Henry Gray at
the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Thursday. Sunday, the Stomp throws an
afterparty with Roy Loney and Cyril
Jordan of the Flamin’ Groovies w/ The A-Bones and the Jim Jones Revue at
One Eyed Jacks in the quarter. This is a can’t-miss opportunity to experience
the principals of the Flamin’ Groovies on stage together.
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