The Ponderosa Stomp will return October 6 and 7, this year to The Orpheum, where headliners will include Archie Bell (“Tighten Up”) , Gary U.S. Bonds (“Quarter to Three”), and Roky Erickson, who’ll play songs by the garage band that launched his legend, Thirteenth Floor Elevators.
The Ponderosa Stomp has been the World Series for record geeks since its inception, but this year's event goes farther down that rabbit hole than ever before with few artists who had much more than a cup of coffee in the public eye. Still, the lineup is promsing as our Spotify playlist below shows.
Rise and Fall is Dayna Kurtz’s first album of new material in four years, and in that time she went through a lot—a death, a marriage ending, a relocation to New Orleans, and a few albums that, like the Ponderosa Stomp, investigate rock ’n’ roll’s back pages.
The Ponderosa Stomp Festival returns October 1-3 with its usual full slate of events including two nights of music at the Rock ’n’ Bowl October 2 and 3. This year’s headliners include Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon, Brenda Holloway, New Orleans’ Irma Thomas, R&B singer Mable John, P.F. Sloan, soul singer Willie Hightower, and a San Antonio Chicano soul revue with Rudy T.
[Updated] A recent issue of The Wire features essays on compilations, some framing the act of compiling, others analyzing memorable compilations. The essays considered the effects of the contexts in which we heard music, but no one wrote about a compilation that was an mind-opener for me, 1981’s Jukebox at Eric’s.
When I told Cyril Jordan of The Flamin’ Groovies about seeing the band play two nights at a banquet hall in Southern Ontario - the sort of thing you’d think would make an impression on a rock band - he answered, “Wow. I don’t remember that.” But it was the early 1980s and the band had more or less just come apart, fueled by exhaustion and drugs. The Groovies started in San Francisco in 1965 playing wild versions of songs from the first rock ’n’ roll era.
The Standells typify one of the many cool things about The Ponderosa Stomp, which takes place this weekend. Yes, there's the yearly thrill of discovery that comes with hearing someone kill that you didn't know existed, and yes, there's the drama that comes with seeing people who've been on the margins of the music business for decades get a great moment with a good band and an enthusiastic audience.