Speaker - Ira Padnos

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Born in Chicago, Ira "Dr. Ike" Padnos acquired a taste for record collecting and the blues at a young age. As a student at Tulane University, he fell in love with the culture and music of New Orleans. After graduating with a BA in history, Padnos graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine with a MD degree. In search of legendary musicians Earl King, Snooks Eaglin, and the Mardi Gras Indians, Padnos moved back to New Orleans in 1995, where, for the last eleven years, he's worked as an assistant professor in the department of anesthesia of Louisiana State University's School of Medicine. Throughout the years, Padnos' record collecting habit grew, until he began throwing annual backyard parties starring his musical heroes. For his wedding in 2000, he perused his vinyl collection to create a list of all the musicians he'd ever wanted to hear perform - and the ensuing twelve-hour celebration served as the prototype for the Ponderosa Stomp. Hounded by friends and family for a repeat performance, he co-founded the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau with fellow enthusiast Michael Hurtt, presenting monthly concerts at the Circle Bar. Ultimately, Padnos conceived the Ponderosa Stomp as an annual festival that would celebrate the truly unsung heroes of rock n' roll. Additionally, he has produced the critically acclaimed Indians of the Nation CD, which documents the Mardi Gras Indians' musical traditions, and has written about music for MOJO and other publications.

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Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

07.15.09 | 01:18:47 min | 0 comments