Ponderosa Stomp Announces Music History Conference – New Orleans Oct. 3-5


 Festival Unveils the 2013 Music History Conference Schedule Thursday and Friday, October 3rd and 4th; Sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Ponderosa Stomp Record Show October 3rd-5th 

The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation is announcing the full schedule for the Music History Conference and details on the accompanying record show, October 3rd-5th at the Wyndam Riverfront Hotel in New Orleans. These daytime events are the perfect compliment to the Festival itself, which will be staged at Rock N Bowl. Record collectors and lovers of music history can shop for music and attend panels including The Standells, Swamp Dogg, Charles Brimmer & Richard Caiton, Maxine Brown and Chris Clark with Lauren Onkey of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Charlie Gracie with Deke Dickerson, Geno Parks with Michael Hurtt, Kent “Boogaloo” Harris and Eddie Daniels with Jake Austen, Chris Montez with Cyril Jordan and the Standells and Sloths with Jason Hanley of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


The annual Stomp Record Show has become a destination for crate-digging buyers and sellers, purveying vinyl to discriminating fans of garage, soul, R&B, Rocksteady, Boogaloo, Funk, Jazz, Rockabilly, 70s punk and more.


The Ponderosa Stomp is famous for bringing the finest American music to their stage annually – some have described it as “the best music you’ve never heard”. This video provides an overview:



11:00 – 12:15

The Unknown Field Workers: Hudson Marquez and Terry Pattison

Moderator: Bunny Matthews

Painter Hudson Marquez has long been known as the creator of the world famous art installation the Cadillac Ranch, but his obsession with New Orleans musicians stretches back to his early teenage years hanging out in Bourbon Street strip clubs during the thoroughfare’s twilight period of the early ’60s. His rediscovery of Professor Longhair brought the New Orleans piano genius out of retirement, according him the revered status he so richly deserved. Meanwhile, longtime New Orleans record collector and blues enthusiast Terry Pattison refers back to those very same years thusly: “Back then, I thought Professor Longhair was some sort of mythological figurehead.” But it wasn’t long before Pattison would be rediscovering swamp blues men like Silas Hogan, and writing liner notes for some of the earliest New Orleans R&B reissues. Moderator Bunny Matthews, who’s cut from the same irascible cloth as his panelists, completes this not-to-be-missed trio of native New Orleans originality. 


12:30 – 1:30

Lost New Orleans Soul Men: Charles Brimmer and Richard Caiton

Moderator: Matt Sakakeeny

Mid ’60s soul singers Charles Brimmer and Richard Caiton have recorded with some of the legends of New Orleans R&B, Wardell Quezergue, Dave Bartholomew and Senator Jones, to name a few. Yet both Brimmer and Caiton had a musical approach that took in influences from well outside of the Bayou State. As a result, they’ve often been overlooked in the New Orleans lexicon. They will discuss the music scenes of the ’60s and ’70s, their brushes with fame, and their experiences waxing tracks for obscure labels such as Hep’Me, ABS and Up-Tight, as well as the famed GNP Crescendo and Malaco. Moderator Matt Sakakeeny serves on the Tulane University music faculty and is a contributor to the American Routes radio show.


1:45 – 2:45

Heroes of the Ponderosa Stomp (Film)

Joe Lauro’s annual performance compilation will showcase vintage performance clips from Stomp artists, their legendary peers, and the icons that inspired them. Lauro is a documentarian, musician, 78 rpm collector, and president of the Historic Films archive.


3:00 – 4:00

Total destruction of Your Mind: Swamp Dogg Explains the Synthetic World

Moderator: Michael Shelley

Raunchy, satirical, political, and profane, Swamp Dogg is one of the great cult figures of 20th century American music. Despite landmark careers sidelines like penning the Johnny Paycheck hit “She’s All I Got” and producing the great Irma Thomas LP Take A Look, the Dogg’s brand of gritty, graphic country soul is what fascinates the most. Album after album will tell you: there’s no one even remotely like him. Swamp Dogg shares the methods of his madness with Michael Shelley, a New York singer-songwriter (“Goodbye Cheater”) and WFMU DJ.


4:15 – 5:15

The Girls Go Uptown: Maxine Brown and Chris Clark

Moderator: Lauren Onkey

Soul and R&B powerhouse Maxine Brown first hit with the classics “All in My Mind” and “Funny” and later with the Goffin-King-penned “Oh No, Not My Baby” for New York’s Wand Records, where she partnered with Chuck Jackson. A favorite of Northern Soul fans for songs such as “Do Right Baby Do Right and “Love’s Gone Bad,” Chris Clark blazed a trail at Motown as a 6-foot, blue-eyed platinum blonde vocalist nicknamed “The White Negress.”  The singers reminisce about their careers with rock historian Lauren Onkey.




11:00 – 12:00

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter: Oral History with Charlie Gracie

Moderator: Deke Dickerson

Hailed as a “brilliant” guitarist by Beatle George Harrison, Philadelphia rock ‘n’ pioneer Charlie Gracie had a No. 1 smash with “Butterfly” on the Cameo label after cutting trailblazing sides for Cadillac and 20th Century. Gracie recalls his appearances on legendary television shows American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show as well as his towering influence on future British Invasion stars, with fellow guitar hero Deke Dickerson.


12:15 – 1:15

Last Night I Cried: Oral History with Gino Parks

Moderator: Mike Hurtt

Alabama-born gospel singer Gino Parks recorded two major songs for Motown kingpin Berry Gordy: “Same Thing” and “Fire.” Possessed of a blues-drenched style rarely heard on Grand Boulevard, he started his career by partnering with R&B wildman Andre Williams at Detroit’s legendary Fortune label, where the pair waxed such gut-bucket classics as “Jail Bait,” “Don’t Touch,” “Please Pass the Biscuits,” and “Put a Chain on It.” His own blues-drenched Fortune outing, the cascading “Last Night I Cried” backed with the relentless New Orleans-styled chanter, “Just Go” followed in short succession, paving the way for for the aforementioned Motown favorites as well as the stupendous “That’s No Lie.” His work at Detroit’s Golden World imprint reunited him with Williams and he later recorded “Help Me Somebody” and “Nerves of Steel” for Crazy Horse Records. Parks discusses his career with Detroit writer, musician, and musicologist Michael Hurtt.


1:30 – 2:30

Down on Central Avenue: Kent “Boogaloo” Harris and Eddie Daniels

Moderator: Jake Austen

Central Avenue has been hailed as “the 52nd Street of Los Angeles.” Its golden age is recalled by music pioneers Kent “Boogaloo” Harris and Eddie Daniels. Harris’s 1956 composition “Clothesline” for Crest Records was adopted by the Coasters as “Shopping for Clothes,” while the great Bo Diddley hit with his “Cops and Robbers” in 1957. He’s written, produced and recorded for countless labels since then. Eddie Daniels, a teenage Creole rocker with roots in Lafayette, La., blazed a white-hot trail to Los Angeles’s Ebb Records, where he hooked up with Bumps Blackwell’s band to cut a batch of excellent original rockers and a scorching rendition of Professor Longhair’s “Go To The Mardi Gras.” Daniels’ Ebb sides have long been considered some of the finest in the rockabilly canon. Jake Austen, the publisher of Chicago’s esteemed Roctober magazine and author of the book Flying Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll, presides.


2:45 – 3:45

Let`s Dance: Oral History with Chris Montez

Moderator:  Cyril Jordan

Growing up in California under the spell of Ritchie Valens and Chan Romero, Chris Montez’s organ-driven sound added a new dimension to chicano rock ‘n’ roll, paving the way for groups like Thee Midniters, ? and the Mysterians and the Sir Douglas Quintet, to say nothing of latter-day practitioners Los Lobos. His 1962 Monogram single “Let’s Dance” hit No. 4 on the national Billboard charts, followed up by the equally infectious “Some Kinda Fun.” His seamless Monogram discography is rife with doo-wop styled ballads as well, such as the great “All You Had to do was Tell Me.” He continued his success in the latter ’60s with a stream of Herb Alpert produced hits for A&M Records. And the ultimate feather in his cap? The Beatles opened for him on three UK dates in the early ‘60s. Artist, guitarist, and founding member of the Flamin’ Groovies Cyril Jordan conducts the interview.


4:00 – 5:30

Riot on the Sunset Strip

Members of the Standells and the Sloths with Ty Wagner

Moderator: Jason Hanley

Proto-punk garage rocker Ty Wagner is joined by members of the Standells (“Dirty Water,” “Try It,” “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White”) and the Sloths (“Makin’ Love”) to discuss how their angry, primitive sounds sprang forth from the Sunset Strip during the mid ‘60s and, in stark contrast to the folkie flower-power psychedelia of the day, helped spawn the punk and new wave scenes of the ’70s and the urgent, underground rock ‘n’ roll of today. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum education director Jason Hanley will lead the discussion.


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