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.


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