Thu, Aug 17|
Hillstomp w/ J. Graves and Doug Stepina
Doors open 5:30pm, shows start at 6pm. $3 before 7pm, $8 after...
Time & Location
Aug 17, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Hood River, 13 Railroad Street, Hood River, OR 97031, USA
All Ruins Tuesdays & Thursday shows are a $3 cover if you arrive before 7pm, and $8 cover if you arrive after that. Doors open at 5:30pm. No early entry! We aren’t ready for you until 5:30pm….
The shows are all-ages until 7pm and then 21+ after.
Food vendors will be Columbia Gorge Crepes and Mt Hood BBQ.
Things to note:
- This year there will be no re-entry once you have paid and entered the show. We will be creating a smoking-area that will be accessible without having to leave the property.
- There is limited seating available, so if having a seat/table is important to you, we suggest arriving when the doors open at 5:30pm.
- There will be no longer be a Locals Thursday series. We’re changing Thursdays to just mirror what we do on Tuesdays, with touring, regional, and national bands. We will still have plenty of local talent gracing our stage this year in support roles.
- We still don’t allow dogs! Dogs are great, but it would be dog madness if we let them attend shows. We’d also really prefer if you didn’t leave them unattended in your vehicle.
- Outside alcohol is NOT ALLOWED! Violators will be 86’d and publicly shamed. We keep our costs absurdly low, so we see bringing in outside alcohol as an insult and amateurish behavior.
- The parking lot does NOT belong to The Ruins. Yes, the actual owners of the parking lot expect you to pay to park. It’s usually about $4. It’s not our deal. We highly encourage people to walk, ride their bikes, or carpool. This year we will have a massively larger bike rack available as well.
- Tail-gating is not allowed in the Mt Hood Railroad parking lot. They are implementing a “no open containers” policy for their entire lot. Please respect their wishes and help us to maintain a positive relationship with our community and neighbors.
- We do rent out the Grotto Bar and/or the Indoor Bar during concerts, for birthdays, business receptions, etc. Email email@example.com for more information.
- Ruins Tuesdays are May through August. Ruins Thursdays are June through August. For other non-Tues/Thurs concerts, please see our website at www.theruins.org/music-calendar
- We donate a portion of the admissions money to 3 different charities each year, and each Tues/Thurs show all summer we’ve invited a “Featured Non-Profit” to be at the event, to fundraise and provide info.
- Every Tuesday Concert, June through August, will have a Maker’s Market within the indoor venue. Stay tuned for more info!
"Hillstomp is a 2-man band comprised of Henry Hill Kammerer and John Johnson. Henry plays guitar
and banjo like a hurricane, and if you close your eyes you’d swear he’s playing 2 parts at once. John
Johnson beats mercilessly on his drums, with the fury of a demon loose from hell. Once you get past
the pure ferocity of his playing, you notice the parts are intricately crafted patterns that provide the
framework for Kammerer’s guitar and banjo sorcery.
The whole thing started as a love letter of sorts to North Mississippi blues played by the likes of RL
Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. It first caught on in college towns like Eugene and Olympia, but soon
bigger cities got it as well. The band stayed there for a few years and then started to morph - adding
banjo and writing more and more of their own music. The fast and loud songs kept coming, but now
they were interspersed with ballads and slow-burners to give the sweat-soaked dancers a chance to
breathe. They have set out on national headlining tours, tore their way through Europe a few times,
and opened for many of their heroes along the way.
Hillstomp sounds like a boom box blasting from a shopping cart. Two madmen have strapped an
engine to the cart and it’s too big and running too hot. They've got a banjo and a megaphone, a
washboard and a kick drum. They've stocked the cart with guitars, buckets, car parts, and microphones
and they are hurtling towards a blown out bridge while the bad front wheel flaps manically. The fools
think they can jump the bridge and land safely on the other side. They are very wrong but no one has
told them because...well, they just seem so happy. And there you are, bouncing alongside them and
deep down you hope they make it. Hillstomp is folk music in its purest form – from loud and gritty, to
intricate and poignant, and most importantly, always heartfelt and true."