Monthly Archives: September 2010


2010 A3C Hip Hop Festival Mixtape, Mark Ronson ft. D’Angelo, Jazzface, Strong Arm Steady, DJ Tendaji Lathan & Soul and Podcasts ft. Herbie Hancock & more

MIX: Official 2010 A3C Hip Hop Festival Mixtape | Photos

DOWNLOAD: Mark Ronson featuring D’Angelo “Glass Mountain”

MIX: Indie Dance by Jazzface

DOWNLOAD: Strong Arm Steady featuring Jelly Roll “Make Me Feel”

DJ MIX: DJ Tendaji Lathan

PODCASTS from Soul and

Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran Episode 2: Dizzy Gillespie

Extra Inches: The Music of Herbie Hancock (1977-1982)

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz New Jazz, Straight Ahead (Part 2)


Soul Unsigned

Extra Inches: 2010 Vol.2

Fusicology Radio Presents The Return of the Soul Fiesta w/DJ Jay Raggs

This week Fusicology returns DJ Jay Raggs and the Soul Fiesta Deep House podcast.

Who is Jay Raggs? Jay Rags is a dj, poet, and promoter from the Baltimore/DC area. He is the co-creator of Baltimore’s Collective Minds picnic, Poetry4People 2006 “Walkit-Talkit Integrity” award winner, single promoter and creator of the nearly 4yr run of the Soul Fiesta party, creator of Studio Sessions Live, author/poet of Tribe Called Soul Fiesta, prolific dj that rocks underground House & soul music, and is a flag bearer for the talented/overlooked.



D’Bora Ross (Craig Loftus) – Surely – Jellybean Soul

Jerah feat Thantaswa – Cry, Kill, & Die(acapella) – 2010 South Africa

Chinah Blac(Josh Milan) – Till You Come Home – Honeycomb Music

Frank Roger – Bolan – Real Tone Records

Thantaswa (Jerah) – Cry, Kill, & Die – 2010 South Africa

Soul Central – In-Ten-City – In The House

Terra Deva (Furry Phreaks) – Soothe – Miso

The CombiNations – Mi Tumba – Jellybean Soul

Vivian K (L.Vega/B.Satva) – Life Is A Lesson – Vega Records

Fela Kuti – Opposite People(T.R.A.R. mix) – (area code) Digital

Timmy Regisford – Blirinbo – Apt International

Queen AaMinah (C.Perez & L.Gorbea) – Somethings Gotta Give – Nite Grooves

Living Together (Dimitri from Paris mix) – The Jacksons – BBE

CMJ Announces 2nd Round of Artists and New Panels


CMJ Announces 2nd Round of Artists and New Panels

We have announced a further 700 hundred performing artists for CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2010 including:

Phoenix, GZA, UNKLE, Black Sheep, John Vanderslice, Cute Is What We Aim For, Justin Townes Earle, Black Label Society, Corin Tucker Band, Dan Black, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Freddie Gibbs, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Adam Haworth Stephens, Cults, Oberhofer, Baths, Blood Red Shoes, Extra Lens, The Bogmen, Clutch, Francis and the Lights, Screaming Females, Franz Nicolay, Children of Bodom, Wild Nothing, Dom, Marit Larsen, Good Old War, Reggie Watts and BRAHMS.

These artists join the stellar lineup of acts already announced for CMJ including:

DeVotchKa, Surfer Blood, Two Door Cinema Club, School of Seven Bells, Bad Books (feat. Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra), Four Tet, The Drums, Ghostface Killah, Greg Dulli, Helmet, Lissie, Foreign Exchange, Kristen Schaal & Friends, Dean & Britta, Bayside, Senses Fail, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Salem, The Blow, Small Black, Big Freedia, Dominique Young Unique, Angus & Julia Stone, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, and Langhorne Slim.

For the full artist announcement CLICK HERE

New Panels Announced

In addition to the slew of panels announced last week, we are proud to announce our next release of panel programming for CMJ 2010:

More CMJ 2010 Panels:

A Camera And Some Balls; How To Shoot Rockstars

American Hardcore and the Rise of Modern Rock

Chop A Pubby

Combating Audience A.D.D.

Controlling the Pipeline; Net Neutrality and the Level of Access

Creative and Engaging Campaigns Around Your Live Show

Curmudgeons of Rock

Follow The Spot; The Music Industry’s Madmen

Get It Together: Real Life Strategies for Artists and Songwriters

How to Start a Movement

International Rational

Kickstart Your Email Marketing

L.E.S. Music Means More Indie Rock

Location Is Everything

Love What You Do; Never Work A Day In Your Live

Managing Without Borders

No Conflict No Interest

Reality Killed The Video Star

Start Me Up

Take a Left at the Label: D.T.F.

The Future of the Music Business? Really?

The Lean and Mean Label Machine

The Mindset of the Venue Booker

The Modern Day R.O.I. Rogers

The Power and Possibilities of Interactive Audio

The Zeros and Ones of Music Creation

Who Brought The P.A.?


9/27 – Music Monday Aloe Blacc, Group Home, B-Real + more



Aloe CoverStones Throw artist Aloe Blacc is gifting the world with some Good Things this fall. On September 28, 2010 he will release the album, a follow-up to 2006’s Shine Through. Good Things features the hit “I Need a Dollar”, the theme from HBO’s How to Make it in America. The album was co-written by Aloe and the in-house production team at Truth & Soul Records.

A first-generation American offspring of Panamanian parents, Aloe is an Orange County, CA native with international flair, having made fans all over the globe. The press has certainly taken notice with everyone from People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Fader, The Guardian, Complex and Okayplayer – to name just a hand-full – weighing in with positive things to say. (Quote sheet attached.) The names Gil Scott-Heron, Gnarls Barkley, Andy Bey, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield have all been bandied about as comparisons, but who Aloe is is a true modern original, telling today’s stories with an eye toward positive social change.

Good Things marks a musical maturation for Aloe, as well as an emphasis of the political over the personal, akin to the Marvin Gaye classic What’s Going On. On Good Things, Aloe reports on our current condition – from joblessness, homelessness to the general lack of compassion. Things lighten up on the airy “You Make Me Smile” and “Miss Fortune” but the overall tone of the album is one of underlying tension, most artfully and musically portrayed on the lead single, “I Need a Dollar.”

To celebrate Good Thing’s release, Aloe is playing release parties in both LA and NYC after which Aloe will embark on a European tour starting in Amsterdam and ending up in Zurich. An American tour is slated for fall ’10.

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“The best thing about How To Make It In America is the terrific song in the opening credits (Aloe Blacc ‘I Need A Dollar’). It has the sort of itchy desperation that should have driven the whole show.”


“Some people love the show, some don’t, but pretty much everyone agrees on its killer theme song, ‘I Need A Dollar”’.


“’How to Make It in America,’ step one: Get a fantastic theme song from Aloe Blacc. It sounded like the type of thing you might discover deep in someone’s collection of old soul records on vinyl – maybe an obscure Bill Withers B-side we weren’t familiar with?”


“You’d be forgiven for mistaking the stirring opening credits theme (I Need A Dollar) as some lost ‘70s tale of urban unrest, but it’s the first taste of Blacc’s sophomore effort, Good Things”


“The wonderful, low-key OC soulster Aloe Blacc, a Stones Throw mainstay who has just found a new audience thanks to HBO’s How to Make it in America. Watch as he starts off all Motown and halfway through veers towards Curtis Mayfield territory, always respectful of the black pop roots but never stifled by them”


“This feels like the very embodiment of old-school soul: chunky basslines, punchy horn bursts, unsentimental lyrics, and tough vocals that leap thrillingly into falsetto”


“Treads the line between the raw contemporary beats of Gnarls Barkley and the original soul boy grit of vocalist Andy Bey. Emotive class.”


“Sublime piano led soul… Somewhere between Gil Scott-Heron and Timmy Thomas”


“Funny how it takes a great song to make you realize how average everything else is that’s coming out.”


“The finest slice of vintage-sounding, piano- and horn-powered funk we’ve heard in quite some time. We’re not usually big on nostalgia parties, but if you can’t enjoy a few laps in the “I Need a Dollar” pool, you’re officially dead inside.”


“The breakout star of HBO’s “How to Make It in America” is likely to be Aloe Blacc. The younger rapper-singer-songwriter is responsible for the criminally infectious “I Need a Dollar,” which is gonna propel Blacc to a Talib Kweli/Mos Def level”


“My purpose for music is positive social change,” says Orange County, California native Aloe Blacc. “Even if the music itself does not explicitly express anything that may signify positive social change, the product of the music will.” He is speaking in general terms regarding his career, but more specifically about the circumstances surrounding his upcoming album, Good Things, co-written by the versatile vocalist and songwriter in
conjunction with the in-house production team at Truth & Soul Records.

Good Things marks a shift in methodology from personal to political for Aloe, who refers to the project as his report on present conditions—joblessness, homeless, the misappropriation of wealth, pillaging of resources, and a universal lack of compassion from the capitalism at-large under which we all function, but some struggle to survive. Song titles such as “You Make Me Smile” and “Miss Fortune,” coupled with airy, ethereal production from Truth & Soul’s Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman mask a foreboding undercurrent in which Aloe crafts lyrics both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Nowhere is this more evident than on lead single, “I Need a Dollar”—commissioned by HBO as the theme music for the series How to Make It in America—because ultimately, that is how to make it in America.

The first-generation American offspring of Panamanian parents, Aloe has become what writer and activist Amiri Baraka (nee Leroi Jones) once said of John Coltrane. He is a singular “scope of feeling…a more fixed traveler” who has found cohesion in art and life. The path from his 2006 debut, the multi-genre Shine Through, to Good Things is akin to the maturation of Marvin Gaye between That’s the Way Love Is and the What’s Going On masterwork that followed. Aloe has never purported to be any heir to Gaye, but musically, Good Things and What’s Going On are companion pieces as both albums establish a character for the artists that sets them apart from the sea of performers making very vivid and discernible—yet normative and conformist—statements about who they are and what they do. Good Things is a definitive declaration that places Aloe directly in the framework of modern soul.

At the heart of this musical character is a recession-age Robin Hood, whose goal is to sell and profit from his wares with hope of freeing the less fortunate from the capitalist system that serves as both their oppressor and his motivation. A 2001 graduate of the University of Southern California, Aloe credits a myriad of influences—transcendentalist scholars Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, French existentialism, Oprah Winfrey, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West—with leading him from the inner streams of consciousness he possessed as an MC early in his career, to a more disciplined approach to songwriting, and now, the desire to affect change and induce compassion by way of his own success. It is his grand scheme, which, not coincidentally, is also the name of his backing band (The Grand Scheme). The key is compromise and understanding the power of popular art. Aloe is willing to put the gloves on and engage in the marketplace. Good things lie ahead.


3 Nov, Wed:  SF @ Rickshaw Shop (All Ages)

4 Nov, Thu:  Portland @ Mississippi Studios (21+)

5 Nov, Fri:  Seattle @ Nectar Lounge (21+)

6 Nov, Sat:  Vancouver @ Fortune Sound Club (19+)

8 Nov, Mon:  Bozeman @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge (21+)

9 Nov, Tue:  Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge (21+)

10 Nov, Wed:  Denver @ City Hall (18+)

12 Nov, Fri:  Chicago @ Schubas Tavern (21+)

13 Nov, Sat:  Gambier @ The Horn Gallery (All Ages)

14 Nov, Sun:  Cleveland Heights @ Grog Shop (All Ages)

15 Nov, Mon:  Toronto @ Wrongbar (19+)

16 Nov, Tue:  Montreal @ Le Belmont

18 Nov, Thu:  NYC @ LPR

22 Nov, Mon: DC @ DC9  (18+)

23 Nov, Tue:  Atlanta @ Masquerade (Hell Stage)

24 Nov, Wed:  Orlando @ Backbooth (All Ages)

30 Nov, Tue:  Phoenix @ Rhythm Room (All Ages)

1 Dec, Wed:  San Diego @ Casbah (21+)

3 Dec, Thu:  LA @ Echoplex (18+)


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Launch Art Contest for Legendary Music Producer, J Dilla

The J Dilla Foundation to Launch Art Contest for Legendary Music Producer. J Dilla’s legacy to raise money for children’s music programs and the arts.

Ma Dukes and the J Dilla Foundation, with La Famiglia Magazine and 323East are proud to announce “So Far To Go,” an official J Dilla tribute with an international art contest. This contest is an invitation to fans around the world to gather and celebrate the life of one of the most influential recording artists and producers, James Dewitt Yancey, also known as J Dilla. The “So Far To Go” Art Contest was created to contribute to the legacy J Dilla left behind through artistic expression.

Artists create original designs inspired by the legacy of J Dilla and register by uploading their artwork to Users vote on the artist’s work to choose the winner. The winning design will be produced as a poster and limited edition Giclee print series signed by the artist and J Dilla’s mother, Ma Dukes. Proceeds will be donated to the J Dilla Foundation and fund their ongoing programs.

The word “foundation” has several meanings. A person lays the foundation for a successful life and career through focus, hard work, and (most of all) by never losing sight of how his public and private efforts will influence the world around him. It is also the familiar term for any established agency that has as its mission a firm commitment to improve the lives of others. It is fitting, therefore, that the J. Dilla Foundation combines these two definitions perfectly and allows the legacy of one man’s art to be the inspirational force in other people’s lives.

The “So Far To Go” International J Dilla Art Contest is organized by La Famiglia Magazine and 323East Gallery on the behalf of Ma Dukes and the J Dilla Foundation. Sponsors include Fat Beats, Fusicology, Crewest, 5e Gallery, RX Fresh, Ironlak, Bombing Science and Ohm Creative Group.

The official launch date of the “So Far To Go” J Dilla Art Contest is September 30, 2010. For artist registration and contest details go to the official contest website:

Contest Dates:
9/20/10 – Artist can enter the contest and upload artwork
9/30/10 – Voting starts
12/30/10 – Contest Ends

About J Dilla
J Dilla, born James Dewitt Yancey, was a Grammy award winning record producer and artist who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. According to, he was one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists. J Dilla changed hip-hop culture and the music industry as we know it. His creativity has molded and contributed to the sounds of recording artists such as De La Soul, Slum Village, Phat Kat, Common, The Pharcyde, Busta Rymes, Erykah Badu, and many more. On February 10, 2006 at the young age of 32, we lost J Dilla to Lupus and the rare blood disease TTP. The true story surrounding the beauty and controversies of the legacy left behind are monumental. For more information about J Dilla, visit:

The J Dilla Foundation is a non-profit charitable institution that serves to help fund inner-city music programs and provide scholarships to students attending schools that have progressive music curricula. The foundation was started by Maureen Yancey, mother of acclaimed producer James “Jay Dee aka J Dilla” Yancey. Maureen proclaims, “The J Dilla Foundation seeks to be a staple in the movement for progressive music education. We also hope to be leaders in the efforts to enhance and develop arts programs in urban communities.”


Pigeon John, Lyrics Born, Greenskeepers (Flosstradamus Remix), DaM-FunK + Kanye West ft. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson

FREE DOWNLOAD: Pigeon John “Before We’re Gone” from his upcoming 10/12 release, Dragon Slayer

MP3: Dam-Funk “I Like Your Big Azz (Girl)”

DAM-FUNK: ADOLESCENT FUNK – ALBUM COMING OCTOBER 26. Recorded 1988-1992, compiled this year by Peanut Butter Wolf

New track from Lyrics Born, “Something Better,” with Francis and the Lights front-man singing the hook

Greenskeepers – I Am Trying (Flosstradamus Remix)

Kanye West featuring Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson

Music Monday – Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder Philip Bailey, The Roots & John Legend + more…

Music Monday

Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder and leader produces 12th solo project

BilalSinger, songwriter, producer, Hall of Famer and Grammy® Award winner, Philip Bailey has released a new EP, “Love Is Real”. The EP, released through P.Bailey Entertainment Group, is available exclusively as a digital download on iTunes and Amazon and disc format at concert tour locations. A bonus track is available for free download at

As co-founder and leader of the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire, Philip Baileyhas had a profound impact on contemporary music.

“Love is Real” is Bailey’s 12th solo project and will mark his first in eight years. The EP has been a passion project for Bailey, featuring five new original tracks that showcase his remarkable falsetto and multiple-octave vocal range. Mixing that sonic power and a smooth fusion of music genres from jazz to acoustic to R&B the project was “electronic” inspired after first listening to a Moby album.

Bailey penned the lyrics and arranged the music on all the songs collaborating with a list of talented songwriters, producers and musicians including John Paris, Myron McKinley, Ryan McDermott, Joseph Wolfe, Philip Doron Bailey, Nancy “Rosey” Kaye and re-mixer Carmen Rizzo (Paul Oakenfold, Alanis Morissette).

After listening to a diverse collection of artists in the electronic genre, Bailey was inspired by the British neo/soul R&B artist, Ephraim Lewis for the title track, “Love Is Real.” Lyrically, he addresses the complexities of relationships.

“Relationships are so complicated, and anything but perfect,” Bailey says. “Just because you are having difficulty in a relationship doesn’t mean the love you feel in a relationship is not necessarily real. Or just because you actually can’t be together in a relationship, doesn’t necessarily mean the relationship is not real.”

“We’re Gonna Make It” is a song that germinated from the Haiti earthquake and tragedy. “This was an event that touched everybody all over the world,” Bailey said. “We reached out to a native of Haiti and asked her some questions about certain things we wanted to say, and how we wanted to say it, and we came up with a chant in the middle of the song that says when you have faith everything is gonna work out.”

“You In I,” “Won’t Waste Time” and “Cruel Time” round out the release. “Cruel Time” is now available for free download to fans at

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, Philip Bailey has had a celebrated career and is co-founder, bandleader and principal of the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire. The group has been showered with awards and accolades through out its 40-year history and became one of the most important, innovative, and commercially invincible contemporary Pop / R&B music forces of the 20th century.

Fans can follow Philip Bailey:

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REVIEW: Sa-Ra, Little Temple (Los Angeles)

words/photos: ani yapundzhyan

I was not tryin’ to go out last night.
Home was where the bong was.

But curiosity got the best of me.

I had run into Ommas and Shafiq many times on the street, but had never seen them perform as Sa-Ra.
I had never even heard any of their songs.

But after a few random encounters I began to suspect that anything these two balls of energy work on together must be a trip.

I made myself get off the couch and headed out to Little Temple with no idea of the funk explosion that was about to manifest in my ears and my soul.

The crowd at Liltle Temple was a pre-cursor to Sa-Ra itself: fashionable, bohemian, cool but nerdy, smart, down-to-earth yet carrying an “I’m the shit, not everyone can fuck wit’ me” attitude.

And when Sa-Ra’s eight musicians took to the stage, there was no build-up, no slow intros…
it got funky right away.

Like, right away.

From the time they started performing to the ten seconds it must have taken me to get to the front row, I was lost in a Parliament-Funkadelic daze.

Their music was conscious, humorous, and captivating.

Even when it went down the R&B slope, it still carried heavy elements of funk in it-the scatting, shouting, the breaks in the music.

Sa-Ra’s bassist, Thundercat, looked like a child of P-Funk and Bambaataa with his soul sonic force-inspired jacket and feathers over his ears. And when he starts to play, you can feel the funk in every chord. Even the way Thundercat got down, his body movements, his jerks, reminded me of Garry Shider, the legendary P-Funk bassist.

Just as I was making that comparison in my head, Ommas says, “Free your mind and your ass will follow” as he holds up a flashcard reading “Act #1.”

(Act #2 had something to do with smoking weed.)

Ommas likes to throw out witty blurbs in between songs:

“It seems like all of our songs are about love, the universe, and fuckin’.”

The ladies-who are plentiful at this show, they’re taking up the entire front section of the floor-start shouting at that one.

“When in doubt, believe in your drummer.”

He throws his middle finger up to the ‘squares’ as he gets into a “quirky” people vs. “square” people rant.
“Stand on your square.”

I don’t think most people comprehend just how funny this shit is.

Yet it’s deep, and it gets you thinking-but you’re dancing wildly the entire time.

Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow…

I texted my girl in New York to tell her how dope the show was and she said, “‘Hollywood’ is my jam, son.”

It was in the middle of “Stay Woke”, as they were singing “A Beautiful World, I’m Trying To Find,” that I realized the Lil’ Temples of the world won’t be able to contain Sa-Ra for long.

The energy of that show was too intense for that comfortable little venue.

This is the kind of music that brings mass amounts of people together.

And you know what? I didn’t even drink last night.

I wasn’t caught up in a happy, drunken stupor.

I was sober and feeling those vibes. These guys are the real deal.

When Sa-Ra finished, I wasn’t finished yet.

Normally, I’m out the door at the half-way mark. Especially when I’m sober.

I could’ve stood there for two more hours.

I left that show inspired,bouncing off the windows of my car.

Sa-Ra was a fresh breath of old-skool air.

I’m already at their next show.


Black Milk, Joell Ortiz ft. Talib Kweli, Trackademicks ft. Phonte, Lyrics Born, Jamiroquai, Rocky Dawuni, Fela Kuti & more

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DOWNLOAD: Trackademicks ft. Phonte “Fool On The Hill”

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DOWNLOAD: Rocky Dawuni – “Walls Tumblin Down” (J-Boogie Remix)

Rocky Dawuni ’s recent album “Hymns for the Rebel Soul” spurred a bunch of great videos and remixes by the likes of DJ OBaH, DJ Drez and Jeremy Sole with Ticklah and Blitz the Ambassador.

DOWNLOAD: Lyrics Born - “Something Better” with Francis and the Lights front-man singing the hook

DOWNLOAD: Jamiroquai – “White Knuckle Ride c/o Giant Step

DOWNLOAD: UNKLE – “The Runaway” ft. Lupe Fiasco

DOWNLOAD: Matthew Dear – “Slowdance” (Bear In Heaven Remix)

NEW ORLEANS 09/23 – 09/26: 9th Annual Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference & Festival

NEW ORLEANS: 09/23 – 09/26 | The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation presents the 9th Annual Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference & Festival

“Celebrating the Legacy, Revitalizing the Careers and Preserving the History of American Music & its Musicians”

Now, you already know we here at Fusicology are in the business of quality-pushing. You know you can trust us for where to go to get good music, real culture and just a plain ole memorable experience. You probably also know by now that we especially enjoy a really good find, an incredible gem in a digging session. And sharing it with you. Well, quite possibly one of the most educating experiences we have had is at the Ponderosa Stomp series each year in that American music mecca we call New Orleans.

Formerly held during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival week, the Ponderosa Stomp has moved its dates this year to the Fall, taking place Thursday, September 23 – Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 4 fantastic venues all within historic French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny on the notorious Frenchmen Street. Among producing many other amazing exhibits and events, the Ponderosa Stomp folks have created a fantastic exhibit on the region’s contributions to the invention of Rock n Roll via Blues and original R&B entitled “Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Lousiana Rock n Roll,” on display at the Louisiana State Museum and will host their opening conference reception this year at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s “After Hours” series with Henry Gray & CP Love, directly followed by a night of dusty rare-grooves provided by New Orleans’ own DJ Soul Sister and DJ Brice Nice at the Hip-Drop official opening night party at d.b.a.

The conference portion of the program will include panels and discussions with Ponderosa Stomp staff and legendary musicians on Friday and Saturday from Noon – 5pm, where a series of live interviews and first-person discussions with the stars of the show, as well as DJs, record men, field recorders and others who shaped musical history will converge at the Louisiana State Museum. Through its vital collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Louisiana State Museum, the Stomp Conference presents and records the stories of some of American music’s most treasured architects. Footage of conference interviews is archived at both institutions, capturing a significant repository of cultural history in keeping with the Foundation’s overall mission. A screening of Dr. Ike’s “Ponderosa Stomp: The Film” will also be shown, among other rare music documentaries, at the Clandestine Celluloid Film Festival Friday & Saturday 11am-5pm at One-Eyed Jack’s.

> Complete 3rd Annual Conference Schedule + Speakers List here.

This year’s concert line-up includes performances from unsung American music legends such as Lil’ Buck Sinegal, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee, Roy Head, Barbara Lynn, Lazy Lester, Red Simpson, Wendy Rene, and many more over 2 nights at House of Blues. A closing night event at One-Eyed Jack’s will also feature Cyril Jordan, Roy Loney, The A-Bones and Jim Jones Revue. If will be anywhere near Louisiana next weekend, we strongly suggest you make your way down for the Ponderosa Stomp! It is more than worth the price. That is, if you consider yourself a true music head.

— Jocelyne Ninneman for

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+ Three super-affordable travel packages with tons of added freebies for those coming from out of state here!

+ Get advance tickets here.

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*The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation is a 501[c]3 non-profit organization – Donations Welcome*