There was living history, too, like 77-year-old ageless wonder Eddie Bo, who was funny and in beautiful voice, explaining the lyrics to “Check Your Bucket” (“ ‘When your kisses fail to move her and your rap don’t seem to groove her and your touch don’t turn her on’ . . . son, you got a problem”), urging the audience to dance (“You gotta get in the groove and shake what your mama gave ya’ ”), getting up and shaking it himself.
At another ancillary event to the festival, Dr. Ira Padnos a/k/a Dr. Ike, a 45-loving anesthesiologist, gathered a plethora of one-hit and near-hit wonders for his seventh Ponderosa Stomp at the House of Blues Tuesday and Wednesday (there was also a Ponderosa set at the Festival on Saturday). More history — Mary Weiss of the Shangri-La’s singing “Leader of the Pack,” Lazy Lester, Rockie Charles, Roy Head, and a full-on set from Stax Records mainstay William Bell, paying tribute to his contemporaries: Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke.
Stax was Memphis. Another city’s sound. Motown, LA punk, New Orleans bounce, Atlanta’s Dirty South hip-hop. Sometimes indelible music of pedigree is made in a disapora. (Just ask Arnold Schoenberg.) But it all comes from somewhere.
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