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The Ninth Annual Ponderosa Stomp Festival


David Honeyboy Edwards

Delta blues legend David Honeyboy Edwards

Photo by Vince Bucci, courtesy Getty Images

The ninth annual Ponderosa Stomp will be held on September 24th and 25th, 2010 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana. Judging from the line-up announced for this year's event, festival founder Dr. Ira "Dr. Ike" Padnos, a notable record collector and music preservationist, is making sure that the ninth Ponderosa Stomp features the best in blues, garage, soul, funk, rockabilly, swamp pop and New Orleans R&B music.

Ponderosa Stomp 2010

Blues and R&B music has always been a mainstay of the Ponderosa Stomp, and this year is no different. Delta blues legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards will be performing, the award-winning bluesman the last living link to the Mississippi Delta blues era of Robert Johnson. Atlanta R&B favorite Tommy Brown, best-known for his 1956 hit "Weepin and Cryin," will appear, as will soul great Sugar Pie DeSanto and Memphis soul artist Wendy Rene.

From the roots-rock world, twang-guitar icon Duane Eddy will hit the Stomp, along with garage-rockers the Trashmen, and the underrated, great R&B-influenced rockers Thee Midnighters. The Ponderosa Stomp also features lots of country-flavor for those whose tastes lean in that direction, and this year's event includes noted Western Swing fiddler Johnny Gimble, Bakersfield country legend Red Simpson, and R&B/country vocalist Roy Head. If you're looking for some native Louisiana music, look no further than Cajun star DL Menard, Lil' Buck Sinegal & the Top Cats, Joe Clay, and swamp-blues madman Lazy Lester. Among the other artists appearing at this year's festival are:

  • Barbara Lynn
  • Huelyn Duvall
  • Homer Henderson
  • Eve & the Exiles
  • Johnny Allan
  • Harry Anselmi
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers

Stompin' In NYC

For the first time, the Ponderosa Stomp people are taking the show on the road to New York City with "The Detroit Breakdown," a celebration of the diverse musical tradition of the Motor City. Sponsored by The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, "The Detroit Breakdown" will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2010 as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert series.

"The Detroit Breakdown" will be spread across two shows, the first to be held at the Hearst Plaza Stage during the day and the second at the Damrosch Park Bandshell in the evening. Among the talents performing are 1960s rock 'n' roll icons Mitch Ryder and ? and the Mysterians; low-fi 1990s garage-rockers the Gories; 1970s Detroit cult band Death; bluesman Eddie Kirkland; Motown hitmakers the Velvelettes; Dennis Coffey, and many others.

The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation

The annual Ponderosa Stomp Festival was formed by a mysterious group of music fans that call themselves The Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau. The group later organized itself as a non-profit corporation with the goal of preserving and presenting American roots music. Through the festival, special events, and other activities, The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation honors influential artists and educates audience about these artist's contributions to American music and culture.

The festival is just a small part of the weekend's events. An American music history conference, presented in partnership with the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame & Museum and the Louisiana State Museum, will be held during the day. Featuring producers, performers, journalists, and notable music figures speaking on panels and oral histories, the conference will prove fascinating for music lovers. There is also a festival film series, and a "record hop" for the rabid collectors attending the festival. Check with the Ponderosa Stomp website for more information about the event.

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