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.
2:52 PM ET | 04-23-2010 | permalink
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
At one end of a Fairgrounds still sodden by Friday's downpour, folk titans Simon & Garfunkel ended their 90-minute reunion by bringing on jazz greats Terence Blanchard and Michael White and zydeco king Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. for an impromptu jam session on the coda Cecilia which was reminiscent of the world-music sound of Simon's classic Graceland album.
At the far other end — geographically and musically — Louisville's My Morning Jacket capped their 90-minute set of dreamy, theatrical, 21st-century white country-soul songs by introducing New Orleans' venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The ultra-traditional ensemble, whose recent benefit album features My Morning Jacket lead singer Jim James, backed him here on uproarious versions of Mother-in-Law, It's Carnival Time and the Curtis Mayfield classic Move On Up.
And sandwiched in between those two stages, Canadian rap star Drake offered a heart-felt shout-out to incarcerated New Orleans rapper Lil' Wayne, calling him "my big brother" and launching into his hit I'm Going In. http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2010-04-25-jazz-fest-new-orleans_N.htm?csp=obinsite
― curmudgeon, Monday, 26 April 2010 01:17 (3 years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Monday, 26 April 2010 01:47 (3 years ago) Permalink
I remember one year (of the 4 times I've been) having to deal with lots of mud at Jazzfest.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 26 April 2010 13:34 (3 years ago) Permalink
jazz greats Terence Blanchard and Michael WhiteMichael White?!?
― Blecch Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 26 April 2010 14:02 (3 years ago) Permalink
Oh I see.
― Blecch Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 26 April 2010 14:07 (3 years ago) Permalink
The New Orleans musician and jazz historian Dr. Michael White
― curmudgeon, Monday, 26 April 2010 15:23 (3 years ago) Permalink
Dr. Michael White was living in a one storey home in the Gentilly district of New Orleans, near the London Avenue Canal, before the catastrophic flooding of most of New Orleans due to the Federal levee failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. White was a substantial collector of jazz artifacts and history in New Orleans for 30 years, but lost nearly everything in the flooding. He had owned the original sheet music of Dead Man Blues by Jelly Roll Morton, a clarinet mouthpiece by Sidney Bechet, and had a collection of an estimated 5,000 records and LPs. He lost it all in the flooding.
― Blecch Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 26 April 2010 16:24 (3 years ago) Permalink
Ponderosa Stomp is bringing Detroit to New York City this summer
27TH ANNUAL ROOTS OF AMERICAN MUSIC Ponderosa Stomp presents The Detroit Breakdown The Gories Motor City Soul Revue featuring Dennis Coffey, Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, and The Velvelettes with The Party Stompers Eddie Kirkland Hearst Plaza/Barclays Capital Grove Sat July 31 6:30 27TH ANNUAL ROOTS OF AMERICAN MUSIC Ponderosa Stomp presents The Detroit Breakdown Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels ? & the Mysterians Death at Damrosch
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 April 2010 00:37 (3 years ago) Permalink
Hey, didn't notice Death before.
― Blecch Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 29 April 2010 01:06 (3 years ago) Permalink
One of the main guys passed away in that group, but I did not realize that the reunited version was touring.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:41 (3 years ago) Permalink
Did not listen to WWOZ or peep any reviews of the 2nd weekend of the J & H. Did anybody here go?
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 12:54 (3 years ago) Permalink
Music at night, and panels and movies during the day
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 August 2010 17:55 (2 years ago) Permalink
I think some ilxers are there
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 September 2010 05:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
Non-ilxer Ann Powers (LA Times writer whose writing I'm not crazy about) is tweeting from New Orleans this weekend as she's on a panel
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 September 2010 15:28 (2 years ago) Permalink
How was it? An ILE poster said he/she was going.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 September 2010 15:27 (2 years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 September 2010 15:36 (2 years ago) Permalink
Read lots of raves about Sugarpie Desanto. Plus Ronnie Spector's surprise guest appearance.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 27 September 2010 14:46 (2 years ago) Permalink
If you missed this year's Ponderosa Stomp, you'll get a second chance to hear performances by the Trashmen, Duane Eddy, Ronnie Spector with Barbara Lynn and more. American Routes and the New Orleans House of Blues joined together to record this year's Ponderosa Stomp concert, and American Routes will broadcast highlights around New Year's Eve.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 September 2010 12:09 (2 years ago) Permalink
Anyone going to J & H Fest this year? Starts today or tomorrow, right?
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 April 2011 13:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
Wish I was there to see the local artists mostly of course (plus a few out-of-towners)
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 April 2011 13:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
Hmmm, should I go to J and H this year? Same ol' artists mostly but I like the local ones even if I have seen moste of 'em. Irma doing Mahalia Jacksson would be nice. Or I should finally make it to the Ponderosa Stomp in September; or both!
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
No Stomp this year I think, they're going to focus on interviewing and building their archives and return with live shows next year.
Jazzfest is always a great time to me, I just avoid the big stage and stick to mostly local stuff.
― Ham House showdown (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:56 (1 year ago) Permalink
That said, some of the Acura stage stuff was even less appealing to me than most years.
― Ham House showdown (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:57 (1 year ago) Permalink
Wasn't going to go this year, but am considering it now for the first weekend if I can find lodging for 2 and plane fare at a rate that does not kill my budget.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 2 March 2012 14:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
Still trying through friends to find lodging and then have to get a flight. Ugh, it's expensive, but I haven't been in years.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 5 March 2012 17:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
Too bad there's no Stomp this year.
Had fun at 1st weekend of jazzfest(Irma Thomas singing Mahalia Jackson, brass bands, zydeco, Cajun, jazz and more) and maybe these below links will let me enjoy the 2nd weekend from afar
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 May 2012 14:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
Today's schedule. Week 2 goes from Thursday to Sunday
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 May 2012 17:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ponderosa Stomp is returning October 3 to 5th 2013. Details tba
― curmudgeon, Friday, 9 November 2012 20:30 (6 months ago) Permalink
But no details yet
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:08 (4 months ago) Permalink
some obscure to me names in the list
― curmudgeon, Monday, 11 March 2013 16:37 (2 months 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 (1 month ago) Permalink