Coming up in early October…
The talent lineup has been set for the twelfth edition of the Ponderosa Stomp Festival, New Orleans’ annual music bash that shines a brilliant light on generations of performers whose pioneering efforts made postwar and midcentury rock ‘n’ roll the rich, eclectic stew that forever changed the culture. This year’s Stomp takes place the weekend of Oct. 1-3, 2015, with concerts the nights of Oct. 2-3 at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl™ in Uptown New Orleans.
The Ponderosa Stomp Concert is the in-person equivalent of having an infinite supply of quarters to play the world’s most thoroughly curated rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, stocked with “all killer – no filler” music that delivers a nonstop, high-energy rock ‘n’ roll experience. The Stomp’s Music History Conference is set for Oct. 1- 2 at the AC Hotel by Marriott, which is also hosting the Stomp’s annual Record Show Oct. 1-3. The kickoff Hip Drop VII DJ party gets under way the evening of Oct. 1 at a location to be announced.
Tickets for the concerts are offered as a two-night package at a discounted rate of $100 from now until May 1.
Purchase online: http://ow.ly/LmMAB
While this year’s Stomp offers its fair share of name artists, the festival is an enveloping phenomenon imbued a gospel-like fervor, irrespective of one’s familiarity with the individual performing artists. Those set to play this year’s Stomp, which The New York Times called “a party on its way to becoming an institution,” reflect a broad cross-section of vital performers who have made their mark in the realms of rock ‘n’ roll, soul, rhythm & blues, rockabilly, swamp pop, gospel, Tex-Mex, and other indigenous music.
These include Where The Action Is star Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon with Los Straitjackets, New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas, Motown diva Brenda Holloway, R&B doyenne Mable John, left-handed Gulf Coast guitar goddess Barbara Lynn, Roy Head of “Treat Her Right” renown, California folk-rock auteur P.F. Sloan, Chicago blues great Billy Boy Arnold, Muscle Shoals soulman Willie Hightower, and a West Side (San Antonio) Chicano soul revue with Rudy T. Gonzales backed by Sunliners alumni Little Henry, Rudy Palacios, and Chente Montes along with Manuel “Bones” Aragon of the Royal Jesters. Numerous other artists are also slated to appear; complete list below.
Ponderosa Stomp performers as of April 1:
Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon with Los Straitjackets
Billy Boy Arnold
West Side Chicano Soul Revue with Rudy T. Gonzales backed by Little Henry, Rudy Palacios, and Chente Montes of the Sunliners and Manuel “Bones” Aragon of the Royal Jesters
J.M. Van Eaton
The Mama Mama Mamas, featuring C.C. Adcock, Steve Riley, Dickie Landry, Pat Breaux, and Jockey Etienne, with special guests Tommy McLain, Rod Bernard, and Gene Terry
Jimmy “Pistol” Jules
Lil’ Buck Sinegal and the Top Cats