Monday , May 20 2024

PONDEROSA STOMP – “Two nights of insane rock ‘n’ roll”

Man, this one sounds juicy, stanky and ugly in all the right ways – at a bowling alley, no less!


    Two-Day Festival Promises Cavalcade of Unsung Blues, R&B, Rockabilly, Swamp Pop and Garage Rock Legends

    Unsung creators of rock ‘n’ roll, r&b, rockabilly, blues and swamp pop – ones who made influential vintage recordings, maybe scored a hit, and have been long forgotten by today’s pop mainstream – will be once again celebrated as Ponderosa Stomp announces the lineup for its third annual music festival.

    The two-night music festival, scheduled for April 27-28, 2004, again will take place at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl Mid City Lanes in New Orleans. Tickets sell for $35 per night through the festivals web site, and through

    Prospective attendees are advised to purchase tickets well in advance as both nights are expected to sell out.

    Billed as “two nights of insane rock ‘n’ roll,” this year’s fun begins on Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 with [bios here] The Fabulous Wailers, Rudy Ray Moore, Toussaint McCall, Billy Boy Arnold, Homesick James, Ray Sharpe, Matt Lucas, Dennis Binder, Alvis Wayne, Jimmy Lee Fautheree, Deke Dickerson and the EccoFonics, Hi Rhthym Section with Wille Cobbs, Lady Bo, James Burton, King Lloyd Band, Henry Gray, Joe Clay, Jay Chevalier and John Ellison.

    The craziness will continue on Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 with Bobby Charles, Phil Phillips, Barbara Lynn, Long John Hunter, Lazy Lester, Fillmore Slim, Ernie “Dapwalk” Vincent, Lil Buck Sinegal and his Buckaroo Allstars, Rockie Charles, Lil Bob, Guitar Gable, King Karl, Swamp Pop Extravaganza with CC Adcock and the Mau Mau Playboys, Tommy McLain, Gene Terry, Zigaboo Modeliste, Willie Tee, Warren Storm, Roy “Boogie Boy” Perkins, Classie Ballou, Carol Fran, Eddie Bo, The Bad Roads, Little Freddie King, Phil Phillips, Oliver “Who Shot the La La” Morgan, and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.

    Ponderosa Stomp is presented by the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau, a group of rock ‘n’ roll fanatics who are obsessed with celebrating the overlooked pioneers of country, swamp pop, blues, jazz, soul and New Orleans r&b. In the past three years, the Mystic Knights have presented more than 30 shows featuring a combined roster of more than 120 musical legends which reads like an impossible dream lineup of American roots music.

    Ponderosa Stomp has won numerous citations in the media. The New York Times’ Jon Pareles wrote, “The Ponderosa Stomp plunges into the obscure byways of rock ‘n’ roll past … regional hits and eclectic combinations … a dream!” Added Gambit magazine, “For roots aficionados, the Stomp was nirvana; you almost had to pinch yourself…”

    The Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau is a 501(c)(7) organization, seeking to recognize the forgotten and unsung pioneers of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country, jazz and soul by presenting those pioneers to today’s audiences through an annual series of live, intimate house party settings in New Orleans. Their shows have helped resurrect the careers of two lost music legends – soul singer Howard Tate and blues guitarist Jody Williams – both of whom played their first shows in 30 years for the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau.

Roots rock mayhem! Now that’s a show I’d go out of my way to attend.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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