Who's Who at the Ponderosa Stomp 2017

For years, Bruce Springsteen raved up Gary “U.S.” Bonds’ “Quarter to Three” like a rock ’n’ roll national anthem. Even when his Jersey Shore tall tales were taking a turn toward the Steinbeck, Springsteen used Bonds’ pop R&B hit from 1961 to remind people he was still a guy who just wanted to dance all night with his favorite girl.

The Ponderosa Stomp Returns with a Focus on Garage Bands in October

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 Stomps Back This October

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.

The Flamin' Groovies Can't Stop Shakin'

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.