Don't even think of missing the one and only Ponderosa Stomp next week. It's the swingin'-est, funkiest, rockin'-est musical entertainment show ever put on anywhere at anytime. It's only great. And it's blasting into New York City for three crazed nights of soul, rockabilly and swamp pop and most of it will fly out over the WFMU airwaves!
For the uninitiated, in the past decade the Stomp has been responsible for celebrating the legacies and careers of the unsung heroes of rock & roll, soul, garage, swamp pop and the unnameable (i.e.: Legendary Stardust Cowboy). What began as a hobby for organizer Dr. Ike Padnos and his Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau has exploded into a multi-faceted
musical, cultural and educational juggernaut. And it's a hell of a lot of fun. This ain't no schlub oldies show--this is the real deal. If you can, see this in person. As a backup plan you can listen to most of it on the radio. In either event, prepare to have your world rocked.
Here's what you need to know:
July 16th (Midsummer Night's Swing):
Ponderosa Stomp: The Get Down
(broadcast live on Music To Spazz By Thursday July 16th 7-11pm)
* William Bell - a principal architect of the Stax/Volt sound.
* The Bobbettes – girl group known as the ‘Harlem Queens’ known for their hit, “Mr Lee”
* Bo-Keys - authentic, greasy Memphis soul stew w/ Stax Records stars
* Harvey Scales - a hard-hitting soul man, writer of "Disco Lady" and “Love-i-tus”
July 17th (Midsummer Night's Swing):
Ponderosa Stomp: Best Dance In Town
(to be aired on Music To Spazz By Thursday July 30th 8-11pm)
* Joe Clay - New Orleans’ proto-rockabilly genius, appeared with Elvis
* The Collins Kids – 50’s TV faves, this brother/sister duo features double neck guitar pyrotechnics
* Deke Dickerson & The Eccofonics - the nitro-charged country and rockabilly specialists
* Carl Mann - Sun Records artist had his first hit with Nat King Cole’s “Mona Lisa”
July 19th (Lincoln Center Festival): A Tribute to "The Creole Beethoven,"
Wardell Quezergue, celebrated New Orleans arranger and mastermind behind
countless rhythm and blues classics. On the bill:
* The Dixie Cups – hit makers who recorded classics, "Chapel of Love" and "Iko Iko."
* Jean Knight - New Orleans-based singer of "Mr. Big Stuff."
* Tami Lynn - soul singer and legendary background singer for the Rolling Stones, Dr. John, and countless others.
* Zigaboo Modeliste - New Orleans master drummer and member of funk originators the Meters.
* Dorothy Moore - Malaco Records' soul/blues balladeer.
* Tony Owens - Lost soul king of New Orleans.
* Robert Parker – recorded his hit record, "Barefootin’” with Querzegue
* Mac Rebennack - New Orleans musician/producer/arranger/ songwriter better known as Dr. John.
Jean Knight - You Think You're Hot Stuff
William Bell - Any Other Way
The Bobbettes - I Shot Mr. Lee
Harvey Scales - On the Streets of New York City
The Bo-Keys - Bling Bling
Joe Clay - Sixteen Chicks
Carl Mann - South of the Border
The Collins Kids - Hot Rod
The Dixie Cups - Two-Way-Poc-A-Way
Tony Owens - Wishing Waiting Hoping
Tami Lynn - World of Dreams
Zigaboo Modeliste - Welcome To New Orleans
Dorothy Moore - He Thinks I Still Care
Robert Parker - Funky Soul Train
Morgus & The Three Ghouls - Morgus the Magnificent (Mac Rebennack)