The Ponderosa Stomp

September 15, 2011 by

Festivals & Events, Unforgettable Experiences

Enjoy the music of New Orleans at the Ponderosa Stomp

Got down to New Orleans and hankering for some good-time music? Don’t know what to listen to or where to go? Never you fear. The Ponderosa Stomp is here.

The Ponderosa Stomp was founded about 11 years ago by Ira “Dr. Ike” Padnos, a local New Orleanian who recognized the need for a music fest which would celebrate the origins and spirit of an indigenous Louisiana and other Southern music. What does this mean to you? This means that if you want to get a real New Orleans experience and listen to some of the music that plays in the backwoods bayous without heading out into the sticks, then head down to the Howlin’ Wolf this September 15th-17th. The music is dedicated to recognizing the architects of rock & roll, blues, jazz, swamp pop (yes, swamp pop), reggae, soul, and other even more esoteric music varietals.

This year’s Ponderosa Stomp pays homage to the music that came out of Memphis, and is referred to as, simply, The Memphis Sound. Expect musical stylings in the tones of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MGs and many more. Eddie Floyd and William Bell will be in attendance, and for all of you old-school jazz buffs, Allen Toussaint will be playing as well. Hope you’re lucky and he plays some “Tipitina And Me,” as that song is this author’s personal favorite.

So if you’re in town and want to see some legends of legendary music, you know where to go. The Howlin’ Wolf, starting this September 15th to the 17th. Bound to be a howlin’ good time.


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