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The Ponderosa Stomp In New Orleans To Support Music’s History And Artists

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Each year, The Ponderosa Stomp conference and concert series takes place in New Orleans, La. Touted as “celebrating the unsung heroes of American music,” the three-day event, which will be held October 3-5, highlights not only the work of contemporary performers, but also presentations on music and recording history.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, live music will be showcased at Rock’N’Bowl in Mid-City. Between 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. each night, many “rarely seen” artists will perform in back-to-back musical acts. Featured artists will include, but are not limited to: Chris Clark (a groundbreaking Motown songstress), soul musician Swamp Dogg (a.k.a. Virginia’s Jerry Williams, Jr.), the always-soulful Maxine Brown and The Sloths.

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Lazy Lester at Ponderosa Stomp 2008 (Photo Credit: ponderosastompfoundation.org)

During the daylight hours on Thursday and Friday, the adjoining conference will take place at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans. Planned topics include both lectures and panel discussions on the relationship between music and other art forms; the rise of women within the rock, soul, and R&B genres; and the importance of oral history to both story preservation and songwriting.

Other features of The Ponderosa Stomp 2013 will include: The Hip Drop VI (Thursday, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. at d.b.a.) that will feature ten DJs from the U.S., France, Australia, and New Zealand; a Record Show that will include thousands of vinyls; and a special presentation of the film Muscle Shoals (on Thursday evening at the Contemporary Arts Center).

A not-for-profit organization, The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation is “dedicated to celebrating the legacy, revitalizing careers and preserving the history of American music and musicians.” Based in one of America’s premiere cultural bastions, New Orleans, the foundation works to preserve music from across genres and around the world.

WHEN: Thursday, October 3 – Saturday, October 5, 2013

WHERE: Multiple locations around New Orleans.

Concert: $50/evening
Conference: $20/day
Please click here to view packages and purchase.

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