Posted: Dec 11, 2008 3:24 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2008
Eighth Annual Ponderosa Stomp To Reveal "Rock's Secret History" (Wall Street Journal) In New Orleans April 28 & 29, 2009 At The House Of Blues
Among This Year's Highlights: Cyril Jordan And Roy Loney Of The Flamin' Groovies To Perform First Full Set Together Since 1971
Wanda Jackson, Howard Tate, James Burton, Dan Penn, And Otis Clay Join 2009 Lineup
The eighth annual Ponderosa Stomp will invade the House of Blues New Orleans April 28 and 29, 2009 as it further strengthens its mission to shine a light on the unsung heroes of American music. The 2009 edition will be the biggest and best Stomp to date, with an expanded three-day conference of panel discussions and a Ponderosa Stomp-curated exhibition at the Louisiana State Museum at The Cabildo in New Orleans. The 2nd Annual Music Conference and Exhibit is presented in partnership with The Louisiana State Museum and the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Once again, Dr. Ike (aka Dr. Ira Padnos a New Orleans anesthesiologist by day) has assembled an incredible lineup of rockabilly, soul, funk, gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, and garage rock legends and remarkable unknowns in a wild New Orleans party that yearly threatens to rage all night. Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson and soul legend Howard Tate will be among the acts making their Stomp debuts. Rejoining the Stomp will be swamp man Dale Hawkins ("Suzie Q"), Dan Penn ("The Dark End of the Street"), the Hi Rhythm Section, and 75-year-old Lazy Lester, the patron saint of the P-Stomp, whose instrumental 1966 track for Excello Records provided the festival's namesake.
As has become a yearly tradition, Dr. Ike has managed to coax powerful performers out of retirement and create incredible on-stage collaborations. Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney of the Flamin' Groovies have not played a full set together since 1971, but will perform backed by the A-Bones at the P-Stomp. James Burton and Dale Hawkins had not shared the stage for 40 years prior to the 2nd Ponderosa Stomp but the rare pairing will return next year. Otis Clay will perform with the Hi Rhythm Section, another pairing that has rarely taken place in recent years.
Last year's P-Stomp drew standing-room-only crowds at the festival and daytime music conference. Jon Pareles of The New York Times called the P-Stomp "a party on its way to becoming an institution." He continued, "the Stomp mingled high-octane rockabilly, elegantly dynamic Southern soul, intricate New Orleans R&B and some kindred untamed music." The LA Times' Steve Hochman dubbed last year's event "an exhilarating lineup [and] a wail of a time." Little Steven's Underground Garage devoted a full show to the event and Little Steven himself dubbed Dr. Ike "the wildest anesthesiologist you're ever likely to meet."
The Ponderosa Stomp is made possible with the generous support of the House of Blues New Orleans, New Orleans Fine Hotels, Yee-Haw Industries and Bent Media.
The full lineup:
Wanda Jackson, Roddy Jackson, Alton Lott, Carl Mann, Johnny Powers, Jack Earls, Dale Hawkins, James Burton, Dan Penn And Bobby Emmons, Howard Tate, Otis Clay, The Hi Rhythm Section, The Remains, Question Mark And The Mysterians, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Bobby Patterson, Wiley And The Checkmates, The Bo-Keys, Lil Buck Senegal And The Top Cats Featuring Stanley "Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural, Dennis Coffey, RobertParker, Jivin Gene, Ray Sharpe, Long John Hunter, Texas Johnny Brown, Little Joe Washington, James Blood Ulmer Trio, L.C. Ulmer, Little Willie Littlefield, Lil Greenwood, Jerry McCain, Kenny And The Kasuals, Classie Ballou, Deke Dickerson And The Eccofonics, Roy Loney And Cyril Jordan Of The Flamin Groovies Backed By The A-Bones, Lazy Lester
About the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation
The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation (PSF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the legacy,revitalizing the careers and preserving the history of the architects of American music. The music of the blues, soul, rockabilly, swamp pop, funk and New Orleans R&B, are the building blocks of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, hip hop and other contemporary music forms. Many of us sing along to songs, made popular by musicians as varied as Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, the Rolling Stones, the Ramones, and the Velvet Underground. But, sometimes the most unforgettable parts of a song come from the behind the scenes architects, not the face on the album cover. Yet, these musicians aren't recognized for their contributions to contemporary popular culture.
With many of these unsung heroes aging, it is essential to honor and capture their pioneering cultural contributions for generations to come. And, it is with this sense of urgency and profound respect for the individuals and their music that the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation continues its work to:
· Celebrate the legacy of the unsung heroes of rock 'n roll whose influence and contributions have shaped American culture for over 50 years;
· Help revitalize the musical careers of these American music icons while they're still alive;
· Preserve the history of rock 'n roll history by educating audiences about American music's unsung heroes.
The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation achieves its mission through the presentation of unique and varied programming, ranging from music education initiatives in public schools and museums to an oral history project to the signature annual concert event, The Ponderosa Stomp. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit educational organization.
History of The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation
Originally named MK Charities, Inc, the PSF was started by rock n' roll aficionados and members of the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau who considered it their mission to rediscover and celebrate America's overlooked musical pioneers. Since its inception in 2001, we have put on over 70 shows employing more than 500 musical legends and given a forgotten generation of musicians a platform to perform - and reeducate - the public about their pioneering cultural contributions.