Posted: May 12, 2006 9:57 pm
Re: the acts playing elsewhere, check this out for lameness:
Like with most major festivals and concerts, MIM puts in a clause that the acts can't play elsewhere in town within a certain number of days without MIM's permission. That makes sense--if they're paying 6 digits for Jerry Lee, they don't want him in Tunica or the Oprheum the next night.
But, two longtime Ponderosa Stomp artists, Billy Lee Riley and Lazy Lester, were playing BSMF. And MIM completely kept Billy Lee from playing, and made them insert a line on the web site that "Lazy Lester will not be performing", even though of course he was there, sat in with various artists, etc.
First off, as Lazy Lester put it, "I invented the mothafucka." (The tune Ponderosa Stomp was one of his Excello records classics.)
Second of all, the Stomp was a benefit for Katrina victims, and all or nearly all the artists were performing for free.
Third, quite a few people attended the BSMF because--AND ONLY BECAUSE--they were in town for the Stomp, myself included. (I actually had a good time at BSMF because so few other people bothered to watch the acts I was interested in like Booker T and the Bar Kays, so the stage wasn't crowded when they were playing. Jerry Lee and Little Richard were excellent as well, and James Brown is always a thrill, even if his show has dropped a few notches since the last time I saw him.) You'd think they'd be grateful to the Stomp for bringing scores of music fans to town the week of BSMF.
Finally, when Lester was playing, there were about 40 people in the blues tent, 35 of whom were there to get a good seat for the awful jam band led by Greg Allman's son. Who announed that he'd be playing a midnight set at a local bar!
Sounds like "different strokes for different folks"