Gorge Hops & Hogs Fest
It’s time for the area’s tastiest summer celebration, Gorge Hops & Hogs Fest presented by Sedition Brewing Company and the Granada Theatre! Grab a beer, lick your fingers and enjoy toe-tapping tunes at Lewis & Clark Festival Park on Saturday, September 10th, 2022.
The Festival features a BBQ Competition, Regional Craft Beer and Cider in the Hops Tent and Live Music performances by National Recording Artists Eric Paslay, Jon Langston and more!
There will also be People’s Choice BBQ tasting, food vendors, sponsor exhibits, backyard games, a kids’ zone and more at this family-friendly event. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of summer!
Schedule of Events
7:00a.m. — Cooks Meeting – Meat Handed Out
7:30 a.m. — BBQ Competition Kicks Off
12:00 p.m. — Craft Beer Tent Open
12:00 p.m. — Kids’ Zone Open
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — People’s Choice Judging
2:00 p.m. — Tri-Tip Judging
2:45 p.m. — Ribs Judging
3:30 p.m. — Chicken Judging
4:30 p.m. — BBQ Competition Awards Ceremony
5:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m. Live Music on the Main Stage
Eric Paslay: Country artist Eric Paslay delivers a powerful punch as a renowned Platinum-selling, GRAMMY nominated hit songwriter, artist, and performer. He’s celebrated five No.1 hits, with four of those ranked among the “Top 100 Songs of the Decade” by Country Aircheck, including the #1 spot on that chart with “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” as recorded by Jake Owen. The Temple, Texas native has earned numerous songwriter award nominations including GRAMMY’s Best Country Song, ACM’s Song of the Year twice and the CMA Song of The Year as well as an artist GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “The Driver”- a collaboration with friends Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley. In 2022, Eric continues to see success as a songwriter, having co-penned Keith Urban’s latest hit “Wild Hearts.” And his latest album, a compilation of reimagined versions of Eric’s biggest hits as a writer and artist,Even If It Breaks Your Barefoot Friday Night, is available now. A true artist’s artistUSA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriternames him an influencer of country music.
Jon Langston: Jon Langston grew up in Loganville, GA, listening to music by his heroes Alan Jackson and the Eagles. Earning a Division 1 college football scholarship, Langston always thought football would be a part of his life, but after his sixth concussion left him blind for fifteen minutes, his football career ended abruptly. He picked up his guitar – untouched since eighth grade – and re-taught himself how to play. Performing at open mic nights and honing his songwriting led to the 2013 release of self-penned, “Forever Girl,” the first song he ever wrote, and now certified GOLD by the RIAA. That release kicked off his music career, culminating in sold out shows across the country and over 500 million career streams. Once a fan attending Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour in Athens, GA, Langston experienced a full circle moment by joining Bryan on the Farm Tour in 2017 and 2018, and again as support on his Sunset Repeat Tour in 2019. Langston signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV, management with KP Entertainment, and is the first artist signed under Bryan’s label 32 Bridge Entertainment with EMI Records Nashville. Langston recently made his Grand Ole Opry debut, where he performed his new single “Back Words” – out now. “Back Words” follows recent releases “Happy Ever After,” “Try Missing You” and “When You’re Lonely,” highlighting his adept songwriting and classic country influences. He released his anticipated EPNow You Knowin 2019, featuring six original songs he co-wrote. Langston’s debut major label single, “When It Comes To Loving You” hit No. 1 on the all-genre iTunes Chart and his single “Now You Know” reached the Top 30 on the country radio airplay charts. Catch Langston out on the road for his headlining ALL GOOD OUT HERE TOUR.
Kyle Dills Band: Kyle Dills was raised up running the countryside of Rock Hill, SC. Riding horses, hunting, fishing and music were a few interests in the rural areas of York and Chester County. At age 18 Dills discovered his love of music and began singing in local bars around York County. Soon after he move on to performing duets and solos. Being exposed to Country Classics and Bluegrass all his life; his love of music also expanded to Southern Rock. On July 27th 2015 however Kyles life would changed forever. His grandfather lost a longtime battle with cancer. Being one of the most influential people in Kyle’s life. Playing with his custom made guitar strap with”PISTOL”(a nickname given to him by his grandfather). The rest is now history. Playing up and down the east coast and Nashville, Kyle Dills has shared the spotlight with country greats from Tracy Lawrence, The Steele Blossoms, Creed Fisher, Love & Theft, Muscadine Bloodline, Frank Ray, Clay Walker and the Carolina Country Music Fest (2019). Concerts feature their own originals along with old favorites and current day hits. Dubbed “The Best Little Band in The Carolinas.” Kyle Dills is now the hottest thing coming!
Sam Leyde Band: The Sam Leyde Band is rooted in North Idaho with a sound that showcases a blend of Americana, Country and Rock. You can hear their foundational style on their debut album, “Big Small Town,” now streaming on all platforms.