Thursday, February 08, 2007

Dan Penn & the Equally Legendary gather in New Orleans for the annual Ponderosa Stomp May 2 at House of Blues

Dan Penn
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After a year in exile in Memphis, says the press release, the 6th annual Ponderosa Stomp, a music festival that celebrates and pays tribute to the unsung heroes of rock ‘n roll, rhythm & blues, and other forms of American roots music, will return home to New Orleans on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at the House of Blues® from 6pm – 2am.

Slated to perform: Master arranger Wardell Quezergue and the New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue, soul songwriter supreme Dan Penn, rockabilly wild man Dale Hawk, R&B soprano Little Jimmy Scott, Texas Tornado co-founder Augie Meyers, Stax sessions guitarist Skip Pitts, Gulf Coast guitar empress Barbara Lynn, Mardi Gras king Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Excello harp master Lazy Lester, keyboardist extraordinaire Willie Tee, President of soul Rockie Charles, hillbilly bopper Jay Chevalier, tough Texas shouter Roy Head, and rockabilly wailer Joe Clay, with more to come.

“Put on your high heel sneakers 'cause were back in New Orleans – the Stomp's spiritual home and the birthplace of rock n roll,” says Ira (“Dr. Ike”) Padnos, executive director of The Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau, the 501c3 organization that produces the Ponderosa Stomp.

Since its inception in 2000, the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau, a non-profit group organized by rock ‘n roll fanatics who consider it their mission to rediscover and celebrate America’s overlooked musical pioneers, has partnered with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sun Studios, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, The New Orleans Musicians Clinic, and The New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund to help resurrect the careers of several legendary musicians.

“The Ponderosa Stomp is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the roots, derivatives and other offshoots of the art form that we call rock ‘n roll,” says Terry Stewart, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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