reason for Woodshock 81' was that Raul's
on a month-long legal hiatus and it was
finding gigs, so I decided to have a festival
the park. It was actually a follow-up
Jamboree that was held on Nueces
earlier in the year. For Woodshock we
no trouble finding 9 bands to play (probably
only a few made the poster). I set it up
that Jerryskids opened and closed the show ...
nobody could whine about those 2 positions.
couple of days before the gig, Steve Sonleitner
"Woodshock" and the name
David Yow put Charles Schultz' "Woodshock"
on the poster with a "doa" tag on his toe.
event in Waterloo park was the first "punk rock"
at that venue and the first electric show, too.
got the permits, signed up the help and the rest is ....
not history, a mystery as to how well it went off.
city turned the sprinklers on at exactly 10 PM
the permit expired. A great time was had by all.
the sprinklers went off. The Dicks at Woodshock
83' Through 87'
that's how it started in 1981. There was no intent
time to have an annual show. In 1982, I met
in a hot check writing class. You
can go to jail
in Texas for writing a $15 check that bounced.
the son of Burt Hurlbut, the property owner of the
County property that hosted several of the famous
Nelson picnics in the 70s. Blaine knew that I
in the thick of the Austin punk scene and suggested
they throw a punk concert at The Hurlbut Ranch.
get to the Hurlbut Ranch where Blaine wanted to hold
concert, you would have to drive on the roughest dirt
you can imagine. In one newspaper article that
the first show, the writer
described the drive to
ranch as “driving down stairs”
– and that was about
On my first drive to the
ranch, I thought “no way”.
car would bottom out, get stuck in deep ridges in the
road – a nightmare. But when
we hit the clearing and
the ranch – it was a beautiful
were the water holes. There
were two water holes,
and another smaller
private hole that only
Hurlbut family used. It
was a picture out of Heaven.
I obviously didn't care how many people would show up
a show there. Those that would come - would never
recruited Charles Gunning (“Doug The Slug”) to help put
show together. He was a feared thug and club bouncer
the time – everyone was pretty much afraid of him. He
a thing for Lisa Gamache, my band mate (Max and the
lead singer), so he was always around us and I
a liking to him. He was working at Dan's Liquor at
time and managed to borrow a giant truck from the
We planned to use the truck to store musical gear
the show and we used it to move things out to the
The truck sort of gave us a look of organization though
were far from organized. Before I would agree to
there, I had Blaine take Doug and I through all of the
jump off all of the cliffs and danger spots as I knew
punks would try anything if it was there to try.
Gunning building the Woodshock
stage at The Hurlbut Ranch
think Jeff Smith got interested early, bringing some San
bands, including his band Bang Gang, and a lot
the local hard core punk bands to our attention. Local
and professional sound man Johnny Medina agreed
bring his sound system to the event and he did so for
festival would become the world's premiere alternative
festival for its time between 1983 & 1987.
for the first show in the hills would include Max
The Makeups, The Jitters, Crotch Rot, The Offenders,
3, The Ideals, Skank, New Torpedoes, Human
Bang Gang, Tiger Roos and Pleasure Method.
83', 84' and 85' were held at The
Ranch, where concert goers enjoyed
fed creeks and diving plateaus - far from
Linklater's Woodshock 85 Film
85' lp Liner Notes
Johnston "The Marching Guitars"
Seaman "In This World"
Instruments "1st Meditation on Schaeffer, NV"
City "Mirror Image"
Vertibeads "The Harmonic Song"
Dharma Bums "Looking For An Answer
Ideals "Slow Death"
Eye "Vegetable Wheel"
Mob "Time's Up"
Will "Confessing the Blues"
Dig "Laughing at Myself"
Crybabys "Bean Eater"
Cult "Empty House"
Offenders "Fight Back"
U-Men "Shoot 'em Down"
13 "Seventh Son"
For Sale "Pinball"
of Sam "Wham!"
Hickoids "It's a Beautiful Thang"
tracks recorded live at WOODSHOCK '85, at the Hurlbut
Ranch, Dripping Springs, Texas, the afternoon and night
of June 29 and June 30. Live sound and 4-track recording
by Johnny Medina. Fostex 4-A machine provided by Sound
Centers of the Valley, Pharr, Texas. Re-mixed by Mike
Alvarez and Jeff Smith at Europa Sound Center, Austin,
Texas. Continuity: Charles Gunning III. Event produced
by Not Records Tapes. Executive Producer: Charles Gunning
III and Future Music. Associate Producer: Blaine Hurlbut.
Stage Manager: John Hudson. Backstage: Miles. Gate: Curly
and Gal. Concessions: Rick Crick and Caesar Torres. Sight
Foreman: Robert Baylis. Security: Ranger Security. Front
Cover: Jukebox. Back cover photos: Jim Karow. Layout and
Type: Rat, Susannah, Jeff. Zeitgeist appear courtesy of
DB Records. Doctors' Mob, Glass Eye, Moto-X, and Poison
13 appear courtesy of Wrestler Records. Not For Sale and
The Offenders appear courtesy of Rabid Cat Records. The
U-Men appear courtesy of Homestead Records. Write for
free Woodshock '85 fanzine. The Woodshock '85 album is
a co-production of Not Records/Tapes and Matako Mazuri
Records for El Jefe Records.
Congress, Suite #203
very special thanks goes to Danny Sherr and Dog who made
the project a reality.
live documentary C & P 1986 EL JEFE RECORDS.
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of all applicable
Camp Ben McCullough - nice, but....More to Come.