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― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 15 May 2006 04:08 (7 years ago) Permalink
Buck Wilders did--here's what he said on the goner records board:
"You had to be there. - Should of been there. I would say something like ..."I could die tommorow and not care because I saw all my favorite DJ's playing records together, Percy Wiggins, Willie Cobbs, & Syl Johnson play with the HI Rhythm Section, the Climates sing some of the most beautiful Doo Wop I've ever heard, Archie Bell show you how to do the Tighten Up, Eddie Bo explain what it is to "Check Your Bucket", Willie Tee play "What I'd Say" better than Ray Charles, watch Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and be able to walk in the next room and find Jack O. and Adam W. backing Chick Willis, and finally see Harvey Scales represent everything I love about soul music all in one night." But I could never say that. Tommorow I have to go experience something like this again. And the night after that. Get $40 and go to the Ponderosa Stomp. Beers were $2.00 and the entertainment was priceless! Unfortunatlly, I missed Dennis Coffey and Roy Head. I missed a lot of acts. There was too much music for one night! If you got the means, you best go Stompin'!!!"
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 15 May 2006 12:41 (7 years ago) Permalink
"PONDEROSA STOMP: CLOCK IN ON MEMPHIS MAYHEM! P-Stomp has turned into a regular Raccoons-style sabbatical (a la The Honeymooners), with rockin’ riff raff converging from hither, tither and yon with one quest only, that being to blast off with the big beat. This year’s bash moved the crew from New Orleans to Memphis May 8-9-10 with all cabbage going to Crescent City music makers, so big-time hats off to Dr. Ike for organizing the shebang, and to all the great stars who played gratis, just so displaced Louisiana mashers could maybe step closer back to their respective home plates. And what a fabulous barrage of talent it was, three big days of la-do-da! We hit town a day late for the big Sunday night DJ hop at the Hi Tone, but Mr. Fine Wine filled us in and it sounded like a real ball. The pre-Stomp record show Monday morning was a gasser. Billy finally scored Roosevelt Sykes She’s Jail Bait/Sputnik Baby on House Of Sound and I put on my Mr. Manicotti Records A&R hat and nailed a pile of future BIG ITCH candidates, including the aptly named Tokyo Stomp! Night #1 roared in with the ALARM CLOCKS setting the stage -- the guys were even better than at the Beachland in Cleveland, and that’s saying a lot! Hard to believe that this was only their second show since 1966. ROY HEAD turned in two massive sets and girls, he’s even handsomer now than he was decades ago, with unbeatable charisma and stage moves and that humongous signature diamond pinkie ring... back flip action and microphone antics and four-on-the-floor alligatoring aside... the man can and does deliver with prowling vocals and peak condition action capable of inciting instant riots. Joining a bevy of fans eager to meet and greet him after his second show -- yes, he did two-- NOT ENOUGH! -- I commented on his heady choice of cologne. “Jo-vaaahn,” he informed us, flashing, and I do mean FLASHING a devilish smile, shaking his mane and adjusting a massive silver belt buckle engraved with the Lone Star banner. We were agog. Absolutely! THE FABULOUS WAILERS delivered things Northwest style -- it was thrilling to hear singer Kent Morill pounding it out on the Hammond organ while the crowd Mashi’ed down below. Great rompin’ rockabilly sets from mega-super-legends JOE CLAY, SONNY BURGESS, SLEEPY LaBEEF (Gene “Made In The Shade” Dunlap on piano!), EDDIE BOND plus a devastating show from HAYDEN THOMPSON. WILLIAM BELL scored with an intense soul set and we caught HARVEY SCALES as his alligatoring best, no doubt inspired by Gulf Coast gator guru Roy Head. A shoulder injury caused the always excellent BARBARA LYNN to cut her set a bit short, but LAZY LESTER (who told us, “I ain’t seen you for a while. I thought you two was kidnap-ted!”) ably pinch hit. KENNY AND THE KASUALS (they did Journey To Tyme twice!), CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY, LITTLE FREDDY KING, DENNIS BINDER also delivered the goods in spades. Round of loud claps to the hard working backing bands on the Stomp -- DEKE DICKERSON & THE ECCO-FONICS and LITTLE BUCK SINEGAL and MIKE HURTT and his combo were all aces all Stomp long... Guitar-maulin’ TRAVIS WAMMACK blasted out blistering attacks of whammy-bar britz with lightnin’ speed and had the crowd howling for more. Class to spare! Speaking of class, surprise guest JERRY “THE KING” LAWLER (!!!) made the scene to meet up with his pal Eddie Bond and despite my long allegiance to piledrivin’ Paul “Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff, Jerry’s long-time nemesis, I must say that The King was indeed not only easy on the eyeballs, but delightful to chat with, even though he would not divulge his brand of cologne. I mentioned that we had passed a billboard on the highway to Arkansas that read “JERRY LAWLER FIREWORKS: EXIT HERE”. He replied, “Did you?” and I stammered about not being behind the wheel. “Next time, STOP,” he commanded. Dare I say, there’s something about at Aqua Velva man? We were regally P.O.’d to have missed ARCHIE BELL... again. He taught us all to do the Tighten Up in the NOLA hotel lobby last year, and we’d had a lovely, lengthy yap about local variations of the T.U. I was really looking forward to seeing him then, but that very April night one year ago, just as we’d swung onto the hardwood floor of the Rock n’ Bowl, we got a phone call from home informing us that Norton stable stalwart Hasil Adkins had passed away. I headed back to the hotel and ended up bawling my eyeballs out all night. Sometime after midnight, came a tap on the door, and when I went to answer it, there stood Archie. I burst into fresh tears, managing to choke out, “I can’t believe I missed your show!” Archie looked most alarmed and tried to calm me down with, “Don’t cry, honey, you can see me next time I play!” Obviously Mr. Bell thought I was sobbing inconsolably because I had missed his show. Beautiful. I nearly cried all over again at missing him again this year. At least we all know how to do the Tighten Up. We should! We learned from the Creator! Arthur Murray, look out- by the way, thanks to Bettye Lavette who showed us how to Booty Green back in Brooklyn! Unadvertised hit of the Stomp was one man band ROCKIN' ENOCKY from Japan, who filled in for the Rebirth Brass Band’s last minute opt-out. Enocky had wowed wax hounds at in-stores at both Goner and Shangri-La Records shops earlier, but he hit us all upside the head with a howlin’ show that drew several encores. Dig Enocky on his many Jackie & the Cedrics recordings and try to catch him if he comes to your town. Fabulous! There was so much music on three separate stages that there was no way to catch it all. We missed BOBBY PATTERSON and EDDIE BO but heard great reports on both cats. Daytime antics in Memphis-town abounded pre-show every day. Highlights included the super great Stax/Soul Museum, rebuilt to the exact specs of the original building. A must-see. Amid the massive array of records and memorabilia I found my favorite chunk of soulessent ephemera, the boss suede shoes of Bobby “Blue” Bland resplendent with gold coke spoons casually inserted into the tongues and also into the clear Lucite stack heels. I don’t think even the Eleganza catalogues of yesteryear ever carried these suckers -- those dawgs gotta be custom! We must quiz Jimmy “Mr. Motion” Lynch next time he’s in town. Jimmy designed and sewed the flamboyant ensembles for the O’Jays-- get-ups that included crazy matching hats and shoes. Betcha he’ll know the story behind 3B’s mega-bucks! ‘Nother crazy treat was walking into a BBQ joint and spotting STEVE CROPPER munching on a gigantic platter of ribs—we barged right in on his saucy reverie with an autograph book and questions about Bobby’s shoes. “Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland was not a Stax artist. I don’t know what his shoes are doing in there,” said Mr. Cropper, who then inquired what we were doing in town. I told him about the Stomp, raved about his last show in Brooklyn, and got another autograph. Half hour later, he graced the sidewalks outside P-Stomp, just long enough to get the flashbulbs popping before exiting for either some Pepto or another plate of BBQ. Too much is never enough. Memphis didn’t let us out of her clutches until we had checked our bags and gone through security. Heading down to gate B-10, we saw the Sun Records café, one of those alarming theme restaurants, this one using the Sun banner and proclaiming Blues! Rock n’ Roll! Rockabilly! And also, curiously, JAZZ! And even curiouser, HIP-HOP! Ah, yes, that Sun Records Hip-Hop! But that’s not the story! Taking a quick snoop inside the establishment, my eye caught a familiar sight on the wall by the cash register: a Norton label Sun release in our company sleeve reverently matted and framed alongside bona fide Sun label wax! Touche! A fitting epilogue to another frantic, flawless, fabulous Ponderosa Stomp…"
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 04:18 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Will (will), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 05:18 (6 years ago) Permalink
Who all here went to the Ponderosa Stomp?
...'cause there was a veritable BONANZA of soul/R&B-type acts there this year,and I'm surprised no one's filed a report. (I didn't 'cause there was so much tosee and I was just plain tired!) "I did bump into SS listers John Ciba, Jim O'Neal and Rob Bowman (great meetinghim for the first time), and as far as actual performances, I was partial toBobby Patterson (last act on the last night and even though I was feelin' thefatigue, what a way to go!), Lazy Lester (did an AMAZING version of a MerleHaggard outlaw ballad - I think it was "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive"?), WilliamBell, Roy Head, Harvey Scales, Syl Johnson, Skip Easterling, Clarence "Frogman"Henry, Barbara Lynn, and several others that slip my mind at the moment."
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 12:09 (6 years ago) Permalink
"Reclusive, iconoclastic performer joining originators of blues, garage, rockabilly, R&B, and rock'n'roll in welcoming the Ponderosa Stomp back home to New Orleans on May 2, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Roky Erickson's biggest hit, "You're Gonna Miss Me," with his band the 13th Floor Elevators, only reached No. 56 on the national pop chart, yet the lyrics and music composed by this reclusive — and at times mysterious — musician still reverberate today. And this spring, Erickson will make a very rare foray outside of his hometown of Austin, Texas to play a concert-length set at the Sixth Annual Ponderosa Stomp, set for New Orleans' House of Blues on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Backing him will be The Explosives (Freddie Krc, Waller Collie and Cam King) who played with Roky in the '80s.
At the Ponderosa Stomp, Roky Erickson will be surrounded by legendary performers, including master arranger Wardell Quezergue and the New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue, soul songwriter supreme Dan Penn, rockabilly wild man Dale Hawkins, R&B soprano Little Jimmy Scott, Texas Tornado co-founder Augie Meyers, Stax sessions guitarist Skip Pitts, Gulf Coast guitar empress Barbara Lynn, Mardi Gras king Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Excello harp master Lazy Lester, keyboardist extraordinaire Willie Tee, President of soul Rockie Charles, hillbilly bopper Jay Chevalier, tough Texas shouter Roy Head, and rockabilly wailer Joe Clay, with more to come.
One of the first artists to refer to his music as “psychedelic,” Roky Erickson eclipsed Sun Ra as a legal resident of Outer Space. Since charting that Top 100 hit in 1966, Roky has become famous, and infamous, for drug use and mental health issues. These fits and stops have punctuated his career. Still, Roky has managed to emerge from the murk time and time again, producing classics like "Two Headed Dog" and "Don't Slander Me."
Now, thanks to diligent work both on his part and that of his legal custodian, younger brother Sumner Erickson, Roky is back in full force, as witnessed by the lucky fans who attended the 2006 Austin Music Awards or Roky's Ice Cream Social during SXSW and got a taste of his revived energy and spirit.
Says Dr. Ike, executive director and founder of the Ponderosa Stomp, "Roky's appearance . . . is a truly special occasion. It is only the fourth gig he has played out of Austin since his stupendous comeback. It is his first gig in New Orleans in more than 20 years. It will truly be a night to walk with the zombies under starry eyes."
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― Jordan, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 14:18 (6 years ago) Permalink
Check out the May 24th posting on the Ponderosa Stomp. I so need to go to that event.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 05:08 (5 years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:40 (5 years ago) Permalink
Dear god, that looks like heaven
― sonofstan, Sunday, 24 February 2008 10:06 (5 years ago) Permalink
I've been on a Collins Kids kick, didn't realized they've been touring.
Rolling Teenpop 1958
― bendy, Sunday, 24 February 2008 12:21 (5 years ago) Permalink
Trying to convince myself to spend the $ and go down there---
Ronnie Spector, Roky Erickson, Mary Weiss, Question Mark and The Mysterians, The Collins Kids, The Green Fuz, Syl Johnson, The Hi Rhythm Section, William Bell, The Bo Keys, Bobby Parker, The Mighty Hannibal, Nathaniel Mayer, Eddie Bo, Zigaboo Modeliste, Lazy Lester, Barbara Lynn, Tammy Lynn, Al Johnson, Lil Buck Sinegal and The Top Cats Featuring Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Warren Storm, Hayden Thompson, Sonny Burgess, Joe Clay, Jay Chevalier, Deke Dickerson and The Eccofonics, Little Freddie King, Henry Gray, Louisiana Red, James Blood Ulmer, Wardell Quezergue and His Rhythm and Blues Revue, Roscoe Robinson, Ralph "Soul" Jackson, Herman Hitson, Wiley and The Checkmates, and Rockie Charles.
Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference
April 29th, and 30th 2008, 12pm -5pm.
Oral histories and moderated panel discussions at the historic Cabildo in New Orleans French Quarter. Sponsored by the Louisiana State Museum and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Music Writers and Experts: Peter Guralnick, Holly George Warren, Andria Lisle, Jim O'Neal, Michael Hurtt, John Broven, George Paulus. Musicians: Barbara Lynn, Tammy Lynn, Harold Batiste, Lazy lester, Roy Head, Dale Hawkins, Zigaboo Mdeliste, Earl Palmer, Bob French, John Boudreaux, Hayden Thompson, and Sonny Burgess. Music Industry: Joe Bihari- owner of RPM, Modern and Flair record lables and Bob Sullivan - original engineer of the Louisiana Hayride from 1949-1959.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 25 February 2008 13:06 (5 years ago) Permalink
And I think that's only a partial list (taken from a blog and not the Ponderosa site)
― curmudgeon, Monday, 25 February 2008 13:09 (5 years ago) Permalink
From an Offbeat magazine e-mail:
there are a few late additions to the lineup. In addition to Ronnie Spector (pictured), Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las, the Mighty Hannibal, Roky Erickson, and Dr. John playing guitar with Wardell Quezergue's Rhythm and Blues Revue, James "Sugarboy" Crawford (who cut "Jock-A-Mo" in 1953) will perform with grandson Davell Crawford. Other late additions to the lineup include Boston soul shouter Barrence Whitfield and Sun rockabilly recording artist Hayden Thompson. This year also marks the debut of the Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference, a free series of oral histories and panel discussions with music figures and rock 'n' roll historians at the Cabildo April 29 and 30 as well. New Orleans producers Harold Battiste and Cosimo Matassa will be on the bill, and Bob French will lead a panel of New Orleans drummers Earl Palmer, Smokey Johnson, Zigaboo Modeliste and John Boudreaux. There will be a discussion of swamp pop-Including an answer to the question, "What is it?"-and much more.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 14 April 2008 02:05 (5 years ago) Permalink
The Ponderosa Stomp folks put on a mini-set at Jazzfest yesterday. From Alex Rawls of Offbeat's blog:
The Ponderosa Stomp Revue wasn't it's strongest lineup, but it did present some of the Stomp's signature performers (along with Barbara Lynn, who played Friday) . Roy Head was money, still a rambunctious ball of dance and mic moves, and kissed Dr. Ike and gave Stanley "Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural, Jr. a big hug while Buck was playing the B3 as part of the house band. But no one else had was as distinctive a performer. Dennis Binder embodied a '50s rockin' blues singer, but by the end of his part of the show, he'd become a little generic. New Orleans' Tammy Lynn segment was better structured, opening with "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and closing with her hit, the psychedelic funk song "Mojo Hannah," but she's an acquired taste. Archie Bell got time for an extended "Tighten Up" - his one song before the rain forced the closing of the tent and the festival (though I thought I still heard Congo Square through the rain as I went to my car.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 27 April 2008 16:03 (5 years ago) Permalink
Sunday in NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Heavy rain is dousing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the second consecutive day, sending music lovers to cover under tents.
A sunny morning saw ever-increasing clouds and a light rain by early afternoon. At midafternoon, a cloudburst struck. By then, most of the vendors had already put up rain shields and most of the fans had put on rain gear.
The ground was still soggy from yesterday's (Saturday) torrential rains.
The rain did not stop the music.
Crowds thinned and dancing stopped. But people remained in front of the stages or ran for the tents, although it was difficult to hear the groups because of the pounding of rain on the canvas.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 28 April 2008 03:10 (5 years ago) Permalink
Wow, Jazzfest tickets have gone from $25 a day at the gate in 2004 to $50 a day at the gate in 2008.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 28 April 2008 15:19 (5 years ago) Permalink
the stomp is $45 (plus "convenience fee") for EACH NIGHT now and is at the house of blues, which means attendees will be drinking 5-dollar cans of high life surrounded by, like, alligator heads w/ sunglasses on.
that said, the lineup is awesome.
― adam, Monday, 28 April 2008 16:36 (5 years ago) Permalink
You've got a point, although each "night" goes from like 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. and they don't have Shell sponsorship like the JF.
I think that WWOZ annual piano night thing tonight is pricey as well.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 28 April 2008 20:17 (5 years ago) Permalink
Pareles in the NY Times hails the first night of the Ponderosa Stomp-
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 May 2008 15:28 (5 years ago) Permalink
Was reading that this morning -- good piece, I thought.
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 May 2008 15:35 (5 years ago) Permalink
Yep. Couple of bloggers weighed in on night 1 also:
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 May 2008 15:54 (5 years ago) Permalink
― pj, Thursday, 1 May 2008 19:37 (5 years ago) Permalink
i got in to the jazzfest free on saturday, but got rained out before i could see anyone else. :(
― Jordan, Thursday, 1 May 2008 19:44 (5 years ago) Permalink
I only got to see the condensed revue version at JF. Roy Head was indeed "money"; one of the greatest things I saw all weekend.
― Dan Peterson, Thursday, 1 May 2008 19:48 (5 years ago) Permalink
I'm gonna have to win the lottery and fly these folks up to DC or just suck it up next year and pay the money, miss work, bring my kid, etc.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 2 May 2008 15:39 (5 years ago) Permalink
I missed it again. Flamin' Groovies reunion for the 1st time in decades with the A-Bones and YLT's Ira Kaplan. I keep trying to get DC clubs and the Kennedy Center to book these folks but have had no luck. There are NYC shows scheduled for July
Here's Jon Pareles in the NY Times:
― curmudgeon, Friday, 1 May 2009 12:53 (4 years ago) Permalink
http://www.lincolncenter.org/asc_load_screen.asp?screen=LCF_Ponderosa_Stomp Coming to NYC in July
― curmudgeon, Friday, 1 May 2009 13:52 (4 years ago) Permalink
i saw roy loney sing a song with the a-bones on monday night. it was neat, though the sound was terrible. yo la tengo opened up and played a great set of covers, none of which i recognized. i dig the whole loving spirit of the stomp but the garage rock aspies freak me out.
― adam, Friday, 1 May 2009 14:46 (4 years ago) Permalink
Ha. Yea I guess they would be out in force at something like this
― curmudgeon, Friday, 1 May 2009 18:04 (4 years ago) Permalink
NYC shows start tonight.
On Thursday night at Damrosch Park (175 W. 62nd St.), "The Get Down" is a night of soul and R&B featuring William Bell, Harvey Scales and the Bobettes, with the Bo-Keys, and Friday's "Best Dance in Town" brings a rockabilly night to Damrosch Park with the Collins Kids, Carl Mann and Joe Clay, with Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonics. Both shows start at 6:30 p.m., then Sunday night, the Stomp and Lincoln Center present "A Tribute to Wardell Quezergue" 9(pictured) at 8 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall (1941 Broadway). Performers celebrating one of the architects of New Orleans music include Mac Rebennack, the Dixie Cups, Robert Parker, Jean Knight, Dorothy Moore, Tammy Lynn, Tony Owens, Zigaboo Modeliste, Michael Hurtt and Wardell Quezergue's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:42 (3 years ago) Permalink
Jon Pareles on A Tribute to Wardell Quezergue, one of the Ponderosa Stomp in NY events
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 July 2009 14:03 (3 years ago) Permalink
Change is Good: Ponderosa Stomp Announces a New Season andthe First Round of Headliners for a Tremendous 2010 There is much to celebrate as the 9th Annual Ponderosa Stomp Festival kicks into action in 2010 with a new fall weekend to present another rocket-fueled cavalcade of American music stars. After eight years of spring events, fans are marking their calendars on the 24th & 25th of September in 2010. Fans hitting the Crescent City that weekend will take in the Stomp’s legendary musical performances, in addition to the 3rd annual daytime American music history conference, film series and record hop!
“We feel strongly that moving the festival away from April will have a positive impact,” explained founder Ira “Dr. Ike” Padnos, “The move to a weekend allows more local and regional music fans to attend, without having work looming the next day. For national and international attendees, costs are significantly cheaper in the fall. The move helps establish the Stomp as a destination event in its own right, allowing for its continued growth and success.”
The Ponderosa Stomp throws down in its 9th year with an incredible array of performers and the first six headliners are official! Stand back: DUANE EDDY, SUGAR PIE DESANTO, THEE MIDNITERS, RED SIMPSON, JOE SOUTH and THE TRASHMEN will grace the stage in 2010! Representing American music’s Grand Canyonesque range of genres, from twangy guitar genius to bold, sassy R&B, Chicano rock, truckin’ anthems, soulful southern songwriting and primal garage, fans would be hard-pressed to witness talent this heavy and diverse anywhere else.
The Stomp doesn’t just blow minds in the evenings, au contraire, by day there is the American music history conference, presented in partnership with the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame & Museum and the Louisiana State Museum, at the beautiful Cabildo in Jackson Square, in which the great producers, iconoclastic performers, journalists and notable music figures speak on panels and oral histories. There is a film series and a record hop for those inspired to add to their collections. That isn’t all: the wonderful exhibit, curated by The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, “The Secret History of Louisiana Rock ‘n’ Roll” is on display at the museum as well.
Duane Eddy’s reign as King of Twang took off with the album “Have Twangy Guitar, Will Travel” which went to #5 on the charts in 1959. His sound came from his collaboration with a then DJ named Lee Hazlewood, driving hits like “Rebel Rouser” “Peter Gunn”, “Cannonball”, “Shazam” and “Forty Miles of Bad Road” and helping to popularize electric guitar. In 1994 Eddy was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Sugar Pie DeSanto’s career began at a talent show when Johnny Otis spotted her talent (she won) and offered her a contract on the spot. She joined his revue and he nicknamed her Sugar Pie. While she is best known for hits like “I Want to Know”, which hit #4 on the R&B charts in 1960, “Soulful Dress” in 1964, and duets with Etta James on “Do I Make Myself Clear” and “In the Basement, Part 1”, she is a songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Fontella Bass, Little Milton, Minnie Riperton and The Dells.
Thee Midniters were one of the first Chicano rock bands to emerge from East LA in the 60s, paving the way for bands like Los Lobos. Their cover of “Land of A Thousand Dances” and the instrumental “Whittier Boulevard” put them on the map in 1965, but they became politicized and were early to write about Chicano themes, in songs like “Chicano Power” and “The Ballad of César Chávez”. They integrated horns and diverse percussion producing a funky big band sound. Make no mistake; Thee Midniters are a stomping band with equal measures of soulfulness and booty-shaking rhythm.
Red Simpson is a giant in the wonderful world of truck driving music, contributing classics like “Roll, Truck, Roll”, “Give Me Forty Acres”, “I’m A Truck”, “Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves” and “A Tombstone Every Mile”. He started his career as a piano player in Bakersfield and surrounding towns, before being approached by Capitol Records producer Ken Nelson to record some trucking songs (Merle Haggard had declined). He was an immediate hit and created some of the greatest songs in the genre, inspiring younger bands like Asleep at the Wheel and Junior Brown.
Joe South is a incredibly prolific southern songwriter who gave us hits like “Down In the Boondocks”, “Hush” (a hit for Deep Purple & Kula Shaker), “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” (for Vegas era Elvis) and “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”, a guitarist who played on Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” and Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’, a performer who had hits with “Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home” and “Games People Play”. In the 70s South retreated to Hawaii to live in the jungle, but became active in music again in the 90s. This is a rare public appearance by a legend.
The Trashmen’s deranged proto-surf rock launched in 1964 with “Surfin’ Bird”, later recorded by a gamut of bands, from The Cramps and The Ramones to Silverchair and thrash band Sodom. It makes perfect sense that one of the most stupendous surf bands would come from Minneapolis, thousands of miles from the nearest beach!
For more information on Ponderosa Stomp in 2010 visit: http://www.ponderosastomp.com/ponderosa_stomp_9.php
― curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 15:24 (3 years ago) Permalink
The PS is awesome and kind of overwhelming but Dr. Ike is kind of an odd duck to deal w/.
― Astronaut Mike Dexter (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 5 April 2010 17:28 (3 years ago) Permalink
Oh. Maybe that's why they use a publicist now and a Gambit contributor to assist with programming.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 17:36 (3 years ago) Permalink
Anybody at the J & H Fest? I'm not there but schedule for the first weekend has the usual good brass bands, zydeco acts, Andrews family, John Boutte, etc.
Weather sounds like it could be better.
Greetings From Overcast, Er, Rainy New Orleans
by Patrick Jarenwattananon
The Gentilly entrance to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. (Patrick Jarenwattananon/NPR)
Hello! from a ... well, fair-to-middling opening day at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival 2010, weather-wise.
As I type, a bolt of lightning has just struck somewhere in the area and rain showers are pouring down. And enthusiasm on the fairgrounds -- that is, the massive horse racetrack complex here in New Orleans -- has dampened somewhat.
But for an overcast moment, the lawn chair armada did get a chance to decamp, the cozies to fill with Miller Lite cans, the flags and regalia to unfurl, the peanut vendors to stroll about, and the bands to play. Updates from music that Josh Jackson and I have caught so far, soon to come.
And as you know, you can follow @blogsupreme (me) and @checkoutjazz (Josh) on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates. Now, back out into the damp and the music.
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My Dad sent me this, not sure where it is from.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 26 April 2010 00:37 (3 years ago) Permalink
Better weather Sunday apparently
― curmudgeon, Monday, 26 April 2010 00:59 (3 years ago) Permalink
The Treme tv show gets the Treme Brass Band a bigger crowd
― curmudgeon, Monday, 26 April 2010 01:03 (3 years ago) Permalink
Last month around Mardi Gras I was listening to Lynn August's "Sauce Piquante" cd on Blacktop (good record btw) and kinda wondering if he was still performing, or even still alive. Didn't research at the time, but it turns out he has a website:
― It's All Posable Colaboration (Dan Peterson), Monday, 11 March 2013 16:56 (2 months ago) Permalink
Had no idea Maxine Brown was still active either. This song is so beautiful:
― It's All Posable Colaboration (Dan Peterson), Monday, 11 March 2013 17:11 (2 months ago) Permalink
I like her. Lynn August used to come to DC a bunch a decade or so ago. Baby Washington still does, and Bobby Parker lives here and plays regularly. I need to google some of the names like Richard Caiton.
The 2013 Ponderosa Stomp Concert Line-Up:
― curmudgeon, Monday, 11 March 2013 18:54 (2 months ago) Permalink
RIP George Perkins.
Ponderosa Stomp is doing a few things down there over the next 10 days.
Anyone going to Jazzfest this year?
― curmudgeon, Friday, 26 April 2013 17:29 (3 weeks ago) Permalink