The McCarren Park Pool usually draws a crowd for its rollicking rock shows. But on July 15, the venue’s organizers are banking on Brooklynites showing up to see something just a bit different.
Making its New York City debut, the six-year-old “Ponderosa Stomp” is a celebration of “American roots music” — an umbrella term for blues, jazz, country, reggae and soul that led to early rock ’n’ roll. Unsung heroes including Tommy McClain (pictured) — all influential, if not widely known — will perform backed by members of Yo La Tengo.
The event’s founder, Dr. Ike, knows that Brooklynites might be resistant to these old-fashioned sounds, but thinks that with open hearts and ears, locals will find something they like. “The whole idea is to educate the public about the contributions and effects on American culture of these great pioneering musicians,” Ike told GO Brooklyn.
“Ponderosa Stomp” will take place at 3 pm on July 15 at the McCarren Park Pool (Lorimer Street at Bayard Street in Williamsburg). Admission is free. For information, call (718) 302-5050.