The Ponderosa Stomp, a New Orleans music festivals that presents the “unsung heroes of rock ’n’ roll,” has announced the lineup for the roots-music festival’s 12th edition.
Running Oct. 1-3 at Rock ’n’ Bowl, this year’s extensive Ponderosa Stomp lineup includes four singers billed as the “sisters of soul” — Motown recording artist Brenda Holloway, New Orleans’ Irma Thomas, Louisiana native and Motown and Stax recording artist Mable John and Texas singer and left-handed guitarist Barbara Lynn.
Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, star of TV’s “Where The Action Is,” will be backed by Los Straightjackets. Cannon’s hit songs include “Palisades Park,” “Tallahassee Lassie” and “Way Down Yonder In New Orleans.”
Also on the bill are P.F. Sloan, the California folk-rock pioneer who composed “Eve of Destruction” plus hits by the Turtles, Johnny Rivers and Grass Roots; and Roy Head, a dynamic returning Stomp act whose recording career encompasses rockabilly, rock ’n’ roll and rhythm-and-blues.
Chicago bluesman Billy Boy Arnold is another returning artist. The Yardbirds and David Bowie recorded his song, “I Wish You Would.” Muscle Shoals artist Willie Hightower will make a rare appearance.
This year’s rockabilly acts include Royce Porter, Mike Waggoner, Al Hendrix and Jim Oertling. Also scheduled is J.M. Van Eaton, a Sun Records session musician who played for recordings by Jerry Lee Lewis and Billy Lee Riley.
Tommy McLain, Rod Bernard and Gene Terry will represent Louisiana swamp pop. They’ll be backed by The Mama Mama Mamas, a regional supergroup featuring C.C. Adcock, Steve Riley, Dickie Landry, Pat Breaux and Jockey Etienne.
Also appearing are New Orleans soul singers Tony Owens and Jimmy “Pistol” Jules; Creole-zydeco singer-guitarist Lil’ Buck Sinegal; the Top Cats featuring James Alexander; and Gerry McGee, son of Cajun music legend Dennis McGee and guitarist for Elvis Presley, Lewis, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, Nancy Sinatra and the Monkees. McGee has also been a member of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band and The Ventures.
General admission two-day tickets are available for $100 before May 1. After May 1, single-night tickets will be available for $60 per night and two-day passes will be available for $110. Tickets are available from ponderosastomp.com/buy-tickets-2015.php.