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On April 26, 2009, the Louisiana State Museum at the historic Cabildo in New Orleans' Jackson Square will open a Ponderosa Stomp exhibit in collaboration with the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation titled "Unsung

Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock & Roll." The exhibit continues and expands the Foundation's mission to shine a light on the unsung heroes of American music and opens just one day before the Ponderosa Stomp Music Festival, April 28 and 29, at the House of the Blues in New Orleans. 


Highlights include a 1947 Wurlitzer jukebox; an original bottle of Hadacol (a tonic that was the subject of several "medicine shows"); James Black's drum set; Slim Harpo's guitar; Fats Domino's piano; Louisiana blues legend Lazy Lester's harmonica; a Shirley & Lee concert poster from 1955; and an original sign from Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Cossimo Matassa's historic J&M Record Studio, where Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Dr. John, and others cut groundbreaking sides.


The exhibition was co-curated by The Louisiana State Museum and The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, founded by Dr. Ira "Dr. Ike" Padnos (also the festival's producer). Standard adult admission is $6 and the Cabildo is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.


The New York Times called the Ponderosa Stomp "a party on its way to becoming an institution," while The LA Times called it "a wail of a time." The Ponderosa Stomp continues to elevate some of America's most pioneering performers by bringing their names back into the spotlight and creating incredible, once-in-a-lifetime on-stage collaborations. 


For more on the Ponderosa Stomp and to see the full and amazing 2009 lineup visit:


The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation (PSF), which recently received a Best Concert Promoter Award from Offbeat Magazine, is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the legacy, revitalizing the careers and preserving the history of the architects of American music.


The Foundation is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit organization.


The Louisiana State Museum, a complex of national landmarks housing thousands of artifacts and works of art reflecting Louisiana's history and diverse culture, is part of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, which is overseen by Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu. The Museum network includes five properties in New Orleans' French Quarter:

the Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House, Old U.S. Mint and Madame John's Legacy. Other sites include museums in Baton Rouge, Natchitoches, and Thibodaux. For more information about the Louisiana State Museum please call 800.568.6968 or visit 


To learn more about The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation visit:

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