The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation do amazingly cool and important work, as well as put on my favorite music festival.
Here’s their mission in their own words:
Our primary annual event, the internationally revered Ponderosa Stomp, exists to celebrate, pay tribute to, and teach the cultural significance of the unsung heroes and heroines of rock-n-roll, rhythm & blues and other forms of American roots music while they are still alive. The Stomp festival and its year-round activities provide both a voice and career revival to overlooked sidemen, session musicians and other influential pioneers whose contributions have shaped American culture for over 50 years.
The Stomp isn’t until September, but the organization has teamed up with The Louisiana State museum and curated an exhibit: “Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock n’ Roll,” at the Cabildo in Jackson Square. On the second Friday of each month there are a series of conversations with “shapers of American music” who are relevant to the exhibit, as well as drinks (!) and DJs (spinning what is sure to be great music) in the courtyard. What more could you want?