If you're in town this coming weekend, you might want to check out Ponderosa Stomp. Founded at the turn of the century (the 21st century, that is) by New Orleans anesthesiologist and avid record collector Ira Dr. Ike Padnos, the Ponderosa Stomp is an American roots music festival dedicated to recognizing the architects of rock & roll, blues, jazz, country, swamp pop, reggae, soul and other indigenous Louisiana and Southern music.

This year's Ponderosa Stomp is celebrating its 10th anniversary by paying tribute to The Memphis Sound that came out of The Blues Capital of America from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s on the Stax/Volt and Excello record labels. The Memphis Sound produced such prominent musical artists as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Booker T & the MGs, The Bar-Kays, William Bell, Eddie Floyd and many others on Stax. The Nashville-based Excello label featured Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Lightnin' Slim, Lonesome Sundown and even an album of sermons by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some of the artists in the 2011 musical lineup are as follows (songs they sang are in parentheses):

  • Eddie Floyd (Knock on Wood Stax recording artist)

  • William Bell (You Don't Miss Your Water Stax recording artist)

  • Dave Bartholomew (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame trumpeter and music producer)

  • Allen Toussaint (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame pianist, songwriter and music producer)

  • Al Johnson (Carnival Time)

  • Jean Knight (Mr. Big Stuff and Don't Mess With My Toot Toot)

  • Lazy Lester (Ponderosa Stomp)

  • Clarence Frogman Henry (Ain't Got No Home and But I Do)

  • Frankie Ford (Sea Cruise)

  • Robert Parker (Bare Footin')

  • Gerri Hall (female vocalist of Huey Piano Smith and the Clowns)

  • Big Jay McNeely (There is Something on Your Mind)

  • Bobby Rush (legendary blues singer/songwriter)

  • Warren Storm (legendary swamp pop vocalist)

  • Lil Buck Sinegal and the Top Cats (Monkey in a Sack)

For a complete list of this year's performers click here.

Need something to do Saturday morning? We have a few seats left on three of our Saturday morning tours to suit every taste–an Airboat Tour for swamp-fiends, a Westbank Plantation Tour for amateur historians and architechtural junkies, and our classic City Combo Tour for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the Big Easy. Call us today, (504) 398-0365 or click here to reserve your seats!