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Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference

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Now in its seventh year of producing an annual show that spotlights cult heroes of rock and soul, the Ponderosa Stomp is taking advantage of its geek appeal. The Stomp's bill is heavy on vintage musical obscurities and draws, as producer Ira 'Dr. Ike" Padnos has said, 'the kind of people who read the liner notes." This year, the nonprofit group " which, in tandem with the Ogden Museum, also sponsors musicians' visits to local schools " is putting some of those fans to work. Over the course of two days at the Cabildo, the Stomp will present a series of oral histories and panel discussions featuring musicians, scholars and critics from New Orleans and beyond. Speakers include Fats Domino biographer Rick Coleman interviewing recording legend Cosimo Matassa, and award-winning music historian Peter Guralnick leading a panel with Harold Battiste and other founding members of New Orleans' AFO label. For a discussion titled 'Here Come the Girls," music critic Holly George-Warren, who recently published a well-received biography of Gene Autry, will interview the Collins Kids' Lorrie Collins, the Shangri-Las' Mary Weiss, Texas guitarist Barbara Lynn and New Orleans vocalist Tami Lynn (who sang backing vocals on Dr. John's Gris Gris and the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. ) on women's experiences in the music industry in the '60s. Blues and soul singer Syl Johnson (pictured) will participate on a panel as well. For a full schedule visit the Web site. Free admission. — Alison Fensterstock
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