Mark your calendars now: the 2nd Annual Ponderosa Stomp will take place April 29, April 30, and May 1, 2003 at the Rock'N'Bowl Mid City Lanes in New Orleans, Louisiana. The line-up of stellar performers will be announced in coming weeks; tickets will go on sale in February.
Last year's three-day Ponderosa Stomp was a killer-diller, featuring the best blues, rockabilly, and rock'n'roll musicians the world has to offer, from New Orleans' own Dave Bartholomew (and the historic reunion of the Cosimo Matassa studio band, including Herb Hardesty, Ernest McLean, and Earl Palmer), Eddie Bo, and Harold Batiste; to blues players extraordinaire such as Hubert Sumlin, Sam Carr, Lazy Lester, Henry Gray, and Magic Slim & the Teardrops; original rockabillies Paul Burlison, Dale Hawkins, Scotty Moore, and D.J. Fontana; rip-roarin' guitarists James Burton, James 'Blood' Ulmer, and Jody Williams; and show-stoppers Tony Joe White, Rev. A.D. 'Gatemouth' Moore, and Othar Turner's Rising Star Fife & Drum Band. All in all, it was more than 24 hours of butt-shakin', toe-tappin' music, augmented by plenty of good food and fun. Over 1000 lucky partiers attended the three-day event, and millions more read about it in such magazines as Mojo and Living Blues, and heard about it on PBS' American Routes radio show.
"After just one year, Ponderosa Stomp has already become the cognoscenti event away from Jazzfest to hear and see the mystical heroes of blues, soul, rockabilly and jazz. You know I'll be there." Says Nick Spitzer, host of PBS "American Routes " radio show.
This year, the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau have even more surprises up their collective sleeves. Rest assured, some of last year's luminaries are sure to return - but know this also: the Mystic Knights have continued their quest of bringing lost blues, rock 'n' roll, country and soul to the forefront. Their mission, to bring the real obscure and true heroes of rock and roll to the Ponderosa Stomp, is, at this date, in its final stages for 2003.
For more info, visit the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau website at www.knightsmaumau.com or ask sponsors of the 2nd Annual Ponderosa Stomp - the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Living Blues, Mojo, the Louisiana Music Factory, and the New Orleans Music Exchange.Posted 12/30/02