Back for its tenth year of not only celebrating the the rich history of American roots music but also bringing it’s progenitors back to the stage, The Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference returns to New Orleans for a weekend of performances, exhibits, and outreach programs. In its first nine years, the event has expanded to include The Clandestine Cellulose Film Series, which showcases long-forgotten documentaries and live concert films, as well as the Gulf South’s premiere rare-vinyl-swap-meet The Record Show.
The Stomp has also outgrown it’s former home at One Eyed Jacks, so this year the likes of Little Freddie King, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Allen Toussaint, Al Johnson, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee and countless others will be taking over The Howlin’ Wolf and The Howlin’ Wolf Den; with the conference, film fest and Record Show setting up shop in the Renaissance Arts Hotel.
One event that’s staying put – both geographically and on it’s perch as the greatest festival kick-off ever conceived – is The Hip Drop, the Thursday night 45s Throwdown hosted by Brice Nice and DJ Soul Sister, returning to d.b.a. for it’s fifth edition. Our local keepers of the rare groove will be welcoming ten similarly-inclined DJ to provide the intensely danceable funk, deep soul and vintage R&B soundtrack for this all-night rager. Of all the amazing programming in store this weekend, Thursday’s Hip Drop may be the most highly recommended.