It’s never too early to think about a Stomp. And not just any Stomp — but the fourth annual Steamboat Stomp, held in New Orleans . . . for the most part, on the river, while the Steamboat Natchez lazily goes up and down the Mississippi, the bands are playing, or the steam calliope is wailing, the food and drink are being offered.
If my words aren’t sufficiently evocative, let this image sink in:
Here’s the Stomp’s Facebook page where you can learn more, buy tickets, make hotel reservations, and get yourself in the mood for Stomping. (For those of you who resist the charms of Facebook, please note that the poster has the Stomp’s web address, also information about the chosen hotel.)
I have been fortunate enough to be part of the 2013 and 2015 Stomps — and I brought my self and my camera, so I offer evidence of the delights that took place — and will continue this coming September.
Here are Tim Laughlin, Ray Heitger, Steve Pistorius, and Jeff Hamilton from 2013.
and a delicious performance by Banu Gibson from 2013.
Steve Pistorius, Tom Fischer, and Ben Polcer swinging out in 2015,
the Yerba Buena Stompers that same year,
and Duke Heitger’s Steamboat Stompers from 2013.
Enough to convince you? If not, please look again at those names on the flyer, and know that the flyer can’t list all the luminaries (Hal Smith is going to be there, for one — as part of Kris Tokarski’s HOT CLASSICISM, a trio including Andy Schumm) — so hot music will surely be happening. The way the Natchez is set up allows for simultaneous sets: sometimes three at once, so the only problem I foresee is deciding WHICH? We should all have such dilemmas.
But enough of that. See you on the boat, I hope.
May your happiness increase!