10 Years of the Ponderosa Stomp
The 10th annual Ponderosa Stomp Music Festival takes place Sept. 16-17, celebrating American music and spotlighting dozens of influential artists with a conference, film festival, record hop and a DJ dance party. The Howlin’ Wolf serves as the new venue for concerts with many of the affiliated activities occurring at the Renaissance Arts Hotel.
Check out tributes to essential New Orleans sound engineer Cosimo Matassa, Excello Records and Southern music with William Bell, Big Jay McNeely (top), Dave Bartholomew (middle right), Allen Toussaint (bottom right), Warren Storm and more. Information, PonderosaStomp.com.
EAST MEETS WEST
Inspired by Eastern philosophy’s pursuit of balance and harmony, Cirque du Soleil’s dazzling show “Dralion” introduces audiences to the gravity-defying spectacles of Chinese acrobatics. Like yin and yang, dualities are the artistic inspiration for the show – East and West, dragon and lion, human and nature. Performers embody the four elements and, through the awe-inspiring artistry that is Cirque du Soleil’s trademark, tell a story of bringing these elements together. Performances take place Sept. 14-17 at the New Orleans Arena.
Burlesque was a main attraction in the French Quarter in the 1940s through the ’60s; today it blends sex appeal with more than a hint of nostalgia for those bygone eras. The third annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, featuring singers, dancers, comics, magicians, contortionists, novelty performers and more, takes place Sept. 15-17 at venues including Harrah’s, House of Blues and Republic.
Rock ’n’ Roll for a Good Cause
The rock group Better Than Ezra is hosting its 10th annual fundraiser, the Ezra Open, on Sept. 23, with a celebrity-filled bowling tournament, patron party and a live and silent auction – plus a concert. Tom Drummond, bass player and founding member of the band, answers a few questions.
What is the mission of the foundation? Our mission is to commit funding toward the renewal of the structural and cultural heritage of New Orleans and Southern Louisiana.
What will this event specifically benefit? The board of directors chooses a couple of organizations to donate the funds to in order to really help various organizations and nonprofits around the region. This past year we donated to the Audubon Nature Institute, and we recently donated school supplies and built an educational playground for Bethune Elementary.
Besides giving back to the city, what else is on your agenda for the upcoming year? We are currently working on a new album for 2012 that we’re really excited about and our second annual Krewe of Rocckus Mardi Gras event where visitors can come down and experience Mardi Gras with Better Than Ezra as their host. We are also working in conjunction closely with Louisiana State University to put together an all LSU/BTE EP to be released this fall.
Through Oct. 23. “The Elegant Image: Hindu, Buddhist and Jain Bronzes from the Indian Subcontinent in the Siddharth K. Bhansali Collection”; New Orleans Museum of Art. Information, noma.org.
Through Sept. 5. Southern Decadence; downtown. Information, SouthernDecadence.com.
Sept. 1, 8 15, 22. Live in the Den: Comedy Gumbeaux; Howlin' Wolf. Information, TheHowlinWolf.comnew-orleans.
Sept. 3, 10. Tulane Green Wave home games; Louisiana Superdome. Information, TulaneGreenWave.com.
Sept. 3 and 4. Drive By Truckers in concert; Tipitina’s Uptown. Information, Tipitinas.com.
Sept. 8. Katy Perry in concert; New Orleans Arena. Information, NewOrleansArena.com.
Sept. 9-18. The NOLA Project presents Is He Dead?; University of New Orleans. Information, NolaProject.com.
Sept. 10. Journey in concert with Foreigner; New Orleans Arena. Information, NewOrleansArena.com.
Sept. 9-11. New Orleans Seafood Festival; Lafayette Square. Information, NewOrleansSeafoodFestival.com.
Sept. 15-24. The Addams Family; Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Information, MahaliaJacksonTheater.com.
Sept. 16. “Scales & Ales” fundraiser; Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Information, AudubonInstitute.org.
Sept. 18 and 25. New Orleans Saints home games; Louisiana Superdome. Information, NewOrleansSaints.com.
Sept. 18. Chromeo and Mayer Hawthorne in concert; House of Blues. Information, HouseOfBlues.com.
Sept. 28. Blondie in concert; Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Information, MahaliaJacksonTheater.com.
Sept. 30- Oct. 16. JPAS presents The Drowsy Chaperone; Westwego Performing Arts Theatre. Information, jpas.org.