Posted in music | pictures on May 6, 2009

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Ira Kaplan, The A-Bones + Flamin' Groovies

Among the resurrected bluesmen, rockabilly cats, garage rockers and soul shouters at the eighth annual Ponderosa Stomp were various "Littles," including Little Willie Littlefield, Little Joe Washington, Lil' Buck Sinegal -- not to mention Long John Hunter and Lazy Lester. Though each of these acts that held court at the festival (held April 28 and 29 at the House of Blues in New Orleans), and several others -- including a master's class given by newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson -- demonstrated the breadth and width of American music, one undisputed highlight was the Wednesday reunion of the two prime forces in the Flamin' Groovies, who played a set together for the first time since 1971.

Groovies frontman Roy Loney and guitarist Cyril Jordan, who co-founded the Bay Area rock band in 1965, tore through selections from the three critically heralded LPs released before Loney's departure, with backing by Brooklyn combo the A-Bones (which featured Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on keyboards and guitar, and, appropriately, former Flamin' Groovies Fan Club president Miriam Linna behind the drum kit). As Loney explains, "Cyril and I rehearsed in San Francisco and the A-Bones rehearsed in New York" -- yet this bicoastal convergence showed no signs of disconnect, jelling as if they were a long-estabished unit. [Spinner]

Pictures from Day One are HERE. The rest of Day Two, below...

Lil Buck Sinegal

Jerry McCain (and harmonicas)

Lazy Lester with Lil Buck

Lazy Lester

Lazy Lester with James Burton

Warren Storm

Dr. Ike (fest founder)

Wedding of Lefty Parker and Alison Fensterstock on stage

Buckwheat and Lil Buck

Robert Parker

Rockie Charles - backstage

Ernie Vincent + Herbert Hardesty (sax)

Tony Owens

Skip Easterling (keyboard)

Earl Stanley (center) with Mike Hurtt

Rockie Charles

David Batiste (crowd and organ)

GG Shin

LC Ulmer

group- Roy Loney (groovies) Billy Miler (A-Bones), James Burton, Miriam Linna (A-Bones) Tom Kenny (voice of Spongebob)

Dan Penn and Bobby Emmons

James Burton - backstage

Wanda Jackson with Deke Dickerson

Bonnie Raitt in the house


Miriam Linna

Wiley and the Checkmates

going over set list with Ira Kaplan

Flamin Groovies - Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan + A-Bones

groovies setlist


The A-Bones have shows coming up at Maxwell's and on a boat in NYC.

Ira Kaplan and his band Yo La Tengo will be opening for Wilco in Brooklyn this summer.




Comments (12)

FYI - Ira Kaplan IS an official member and de facto bandleader of the A-Bones

Posted by Jacob | May 6, 2009 10:21 AM

"FYI - Ira Kaplan IS an official member and de facto bandleader of the A-Bones"

Unlike Yo La Tengo, The A-Bones exist with or without Ira. Someones he plays with them. Sometimes he doesn't.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2009 10:28 AM

awesome pics...looks amazing...would love to see a teenage head-era groovies reunion tour.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2009 10:41 AM

Regarding Ira’s status as member/non-member of the A-Bones, allow me to say this … WGAF?

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2009 11:38 AM

as a graphic designer, I think it's safe to say IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII DONT GIVE A FUKKKKKKKKK

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2009 11:42 AM

Jacob Blickenstaff's photos are fucking amazing. Also, if you'd ever seen the A-Bones, you'd know that their "defacto bandleader" is either completely mythical or has A LOT of explaining to do.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2009 3:20 PM

Flamin' Groovies "Shake Some Action" is in the All-Time Top 10 of tunes.

Posted by drewo | May 6, 2009 3:31 PM

what does being a graphic designer have to do with anything? WGAF?

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2009 3:51 PM

WGAF is the new meh

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2009 3:56 PM

Thanks for posting Jacobs photos, re: your tags, you may remember me as the DJ for MC Trachiotomy during your coverage of our show at Webster Hall with the Butthole Surfers, my wife is a writer from the Times Picayune (and WWOZ DJ), and I feel we have been sufficiently outed as "Knights of the Mau Mau". FYI it seems to go. still funny seeing our pix here.

Giant fan of the site.


Posted by Lefty Parker | May 21, 2009 5:05 AM

Does anyone know if Flamin Groovies with only Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan are any good?

They are playing in a couple of weeks and I do not know if it is worth it. I have seen some great reunions, and some bad ones. Only two original members? (although they had a few lineup changes in their heyday).

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2011 8:56 PM

roy loney looks exactly like the fugs' ed sanders.

Posted by steve farr | May 13, 2011 10:34 AM

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