March 22, 2010

Hillstomp @ Mississippi Studios

Hillstomp were pretty bad ass, but the place was already dancing before they even took the stage. The horribly named Yogoman Burning Band were a party band in the best sense, both boisterous and fun. With only two horns, a drummer and a bassist they sounding like a cross between a ska and a New Orleans brass band. The drummer called out to the crowd, keeping everyone bobbing and singing along.

Although I've been enjoying their rugged delta blues since I moved to Portland, this was the first time I've seen Hillstomp. I first heard them playing on the stereo at New Old Lompoc. They had played the night before and the waitress was still riding the concert high. I can see why. Although they had just played a couple weeks before, they packed the house. John Johnson plays a junk contraption that resembles drums, but is mostly made out of 5 gallon buckets and duct tape. Henry Kammerer plays a fantastic slide guitar and banjo. Both of them play all out and the crowd feeds off their intensity. Great show.