Unsung creators of rock 'n' roll, R&B, rockabilly, blues, and swamp pop--legendary artists who made influential vintage recordings, maybe scored a hit, and have been long forgotten by today's pop mainstream--will be once again celebrated as Ponderosa Stomp announces the lineup for its third annual music festival.

The two-night music festival, scheduled for April 27-28, 2004, again will take place at the Rock 'N' Bowl Mid City Lanes Rock-n-Bowl in New Orleans. Tickets sell for $35 per night through the festival's web site PonderosaStomp.com and through Ticketweb.com. Prospective attendees are advised to purchase tickets well in advance as both nights are expected to sell out.

Billed as "two nights of insane rock 'n' roll," this year's fun begins on Tuesday, April 27, with Toussaint McCall, Billy Boy Arnold, Homesick James, Ray Sharpe, Matt Lucas, Dennis Binder, Alvis Wayne, Jimmy Lee Fautheree, Deke Dickerson and the EccoFonics, Hi Rhthym Section with Wille Cobbs, Lady Bo, James Burton, King Lloyd Band, Henry Gray, Joe Clay, Jay Chevalier, and John Ellison.

The craziness will continue on Wednesday, April 28, with Bobby Charles, Phil Phillips, Barbara Lynn, Long John Hunter, Lazy Lester, Fillmore Slim, Ernie "Dapwalk" Vincent, Lil Buck Sinegal and his Buckaroo Allstars, Rockie Charles, Lil Bob, Guitar Gable, King Karl, Swamp Pop Extravaganza with CC Adcock and the Mau Mau Playboys, Tommy McLain, Gene Terry, Zigaboo Modeliste, Willie Tee, Warren Storm, Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins, Classie Ballou, Carol Fran, Eddie Bo, The Bad Roads, Little Freddie King, Phil Phillips, Oliver "Who Shot the La La" Morgan, and Al "Carnival Time" Johnson.

Ponderosa Stomp is presented by the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau, a group of rock 'n' roll fanatics who are obsessed with celebrating the overlooked pioneers of country, swamp pop, blues, jazz, soul, and New Orleans R&B. In the past three years, the Mystic Knights have presented more than 30 shows featuring a combined roster of more than 120 musical legends which reads like an impossible dream lineup of American roots music. Ponderosa Stomp has won numerous citations in the media. The New York Times' Jon Pareles wrote, "The Ponderosa Stomp plunges into the obscure byways of rock 'n' roll past... regional hits and eclectic combinations... a dream!" Added Gambit magazine, "For roots aficionados, the Stomp was nirvana; you almost had to pinch yourself to make sure it wasn't a dream." And CNN, advancing the event, proclaimed, "History will be in the making at the Stomp." In addition, the festival has been covered by MSNBC, Associated Press, Mojo, Christian Science Monitor, Offbeat, Living Blues, and more.

The Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau (MKMM Charities, Inc) is a 501(c)(7) organization, seeking to recognize the forgotten and unsung pioneers of blues, rock 'n' roll, country, jazz, and soul by presenting those pioneers to today's audiences through an annual series of live, intimate house party settings in New Orleans. Their shows have help resurrect the careers of two lost music legends--soul singer Howard Tate and blues guitarist Jody Williams--both of whom played their first shows in 30 years for the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau.

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[Published on: 3/13/04]

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