Following a hiatus in 2012, one of the country’s more intriguing music festivals, the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans, returns Oct. 3-5.
The Ponderosa Stomp’s stated mission is to celebrate the unsung heroes of American music. This year’s festival includes 1960s Sunset Strip garage band the Standells (“Dirty Water,” “Riot On Sunset Strip”), Pacific Northwest garage band the Sonics (“The Witch,” “Psycho”), Latino rocker Chris Montez (“Let’s Dance”), rhythm-and-blues songwriter-producer Swamp Dogg, Chris Clark, the first white soul singer to record for Motown Records; and returning Stomp favorites Baby Washington and Maxine Brown.
Ponderosa Stomp concerts return to one of the festival’s early venues, Rock ’n’ Bowl, for performances Oct. 4-5.
The Ponderosa Stomp music history conference is Oct. 3-4 at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans. The record show runs Oct. 3-5 at the Wyndham Riverfront.
The Stomp’s history conference will include interviews with Swamp Dogg and members of the Standells and the Sloths. Deke Dickerson will interview singer-guitarist Charlie Gracie (“Butterfly”), a favorite of George Harrison. Cyril Jordan, a founding member of the San Francisco cult faves the Flamin’ Groovies, will interview Chris Montez.
Documentary filmmaker and archivist Joe Lauro will return with “Heroes of the Ponderosa Stomp,” a performance compilation showcasing vintage clips from Stomp artists and their peers and inspirations.
Two-day and single-day tickets are available.
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