Posted in music | pictures on July 20, 2009

words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Paul Shaffer sits in with William Bell
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

It was the Ponderosa Stomp's first night to shine at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing (Thursday, 7/16). The Stomp presented Harvey Scales, the Bobbettes, and William Bell with Memphis' Bo-Keys. The show was presented 'revue' style with all the artists performing two separate sets. Soul, Funk and Disco pioneer Harvey Scales arrived in a purple suit and then took it up a considerable notch with a lime green outfit with gold shoes and later a red suit with all the trimmings. The Bobbettes presented their unique soulful and gritty girl-doo-wop, first killing off Mr. Lee (I Shot Mr. Lee) and bringing him back to life for the original version that sounded as clean and sharp as ever. Harvey Scales delivered spastic funk, dancing across the stage like and electrified lime green Frankenstein, whipping up the crowd with his sweat towel. William Bell delivered his trademark deep Memphis soul with style and integrity, later bringing Paul Shaffer to sit in on Otis Redding's 'Hard to Handle' - a musical highlight of the evening.

On Friday, the Stomp and Lincoln Center switched gears into high octane Rockabilly with The Collins Kids (double necked guitar prodigy Larry Collins and his sister Lorrie), Carl Mann (Sam Phillips recording artist) and Joe 'Ducktail' Clay (whose insane recordings with Mikey Baker are some of the hottest ever recorded), all backed by Deke Dickerson and the Eccophonics.

On Wednesday, The Bo-Dukes played a pre-Stomp show at Southpaw with The Sweet Divines. More pictures from Thursday below...

Ponderosa Stomp founder Ira Padnos (Dr. Ike) at the WFMU tent
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

Harvey Scales backstage
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Bo-Keys
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

Skip Pitts (longtime Isaac Hayes guitarist and Stax session man)
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

Ben Cauley (original member of the Bar-Kays)
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing


The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Bobbettes
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

Harvey Scales
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing


The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Bobbettes, backstage
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

Harvey Scales
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

Paul Shaffer in the crowd
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

William Bell
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

Harvey's Gold Shoes
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

Paul Shaffer sits in with William Bell
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

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Southpaw pics HERE.

Chubby Checker played a Midnight Summer Swing show too. Pics HERE.

Pics from the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans, HERE.

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Comments (1)

sorry, that's 'Mickey Baker'

Posted by jacob | July 20, 2009 4:10 PM

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