Event Info

Hogs For the Cause is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual music and food festival to raise money for pediatric brain cancer care. Each year over 80 teams will compete to be crowned the Louisiana pork champion. Attendees are invited to vote for help choose the winners by donating to their favorite team by sampling their food. While teams battle it out on the grill, music will be playing throughout the day and into the night.

Band Performance Times coming in January

Hogs for the Cause 2015

Ben Sarrat, Jr. "High on the Hog" Cookoff
Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th, City Park Festival Grounds

Eighty teams of BBQ competitors, comprised of a mix of some of the region's top chefs, professional BBQ teams and backyard cooking fanatics will compete for the Ben Sarrat, Jr. "High on the Hog" Grand Champion Title. The Champion is pulled from the winners of the Whole Hog; Ribs; Pork Butt/Shoulder; and Porkpourri (anything pork) divisions. There are also awards for Best Sauce, Fundraising Champion and the patron's pick for Fan Favorite. Patrons come to sample food from every team for donations. Bring your appetite and your favorite fork! Live music from on 2 stages from 8 bands. Check out our sizzling line-up!

2014 Cookoff Winners Holding Trophy

CharQueTerie

2014 High on the Hogs Champs

2015 Hogs Location

Festival Grounds at City Park or as we call it City Pork!


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2015 Band Lineup

Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers

www.drivebytruckers.com

Boasting a mix of Southern pride, erudite lyrics, and a muscled three-guitar attack, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected alternative country-rock acts of the 2000s.

The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers

www.thewoodbrothers.com

The Wood Brothers are an Americana and blues band, and consist of real brothers Chris (Upright Bass) and Oliver Wood (Acoustic and electric guitars), as well as multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix.

J Roddy Walston and The Business

J Roddy Walston and The Business

www.jroddywalstonandthebusiness.com

J Roddy Walston and The Business refuse to play it safe. In this age when mobile phone apps have replaced recording studios and the term “badass” rarely describes modern music, J Roddy furthers the proud legacy of unrelenting rockers from Little Richard to Janis Joplin to KISS, shredding eardrums and stirring souls with scrappy, All-American anthems.

Strand Of Oaks

Strand Of Oaks

www.strandofoaks.net

Strand of Oaks is the rock project by songwriter and producer Timothy Showalter. His music classifies with the genres rock and folk music, or folk rock.

Tab Benoit

Tab Benoit

www.tabbenoit.com

Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends.

Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger

www.mergerecords.com/hiss-golden-messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger is an American folk music duo, originating from North Carolina. The duo consists of MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch, the ex-members of the bands Ex-Ignota and The Court & Spark.

Toubab Krewe

Toubab Krewe

http://www.toubabkrewe.com

Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their latest release, TK2, (September 7, 2010 on Nat Geo Music). What Justin Perkins (Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drums), Drew Heller (guitar, piano, fiddle), David Pransky (bass, guitar), and Luke Quaranta (Djembe, Congas, percussion) have wrought on TK2 reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their studio debut.

Earphunk

Earphunk

http://earphunk.com

Hailing from the Crescent City, EARPHUNK has emerged as one of the premier jam acts in the Southeast. The quintet has been steadily building a rabid fan base across the United States with their brand of high-energy funk, inspired improvisation, and dynamic stage production.

George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners

George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners

www.georgeporterjr.com

George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. Porter is also the band leader of his own unique long term project the Runnin’ Pardners, well respected not only as a quintessential New Orleans band, the touring band continues to receive accolades on the jam band and festival scene.

Moon Hooch

Moon Hooch

www.moonhooch.com

Moon Hooch captured the imaginations of thousands with its infamous stints busking on subway platforms and elsewhere in New York City: two sax players and a drummer whipping up furious, impromptu raves. This happened with such regularity at the Bedford Ave station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that the band was banned from playing there by the NYPD. The trio’s subsequent tours with They Might Be Giants, Lotus, and Galactic as well as on their own have only broadened the band’s appeal. Wherever Moon Hooch plays, a dance party soon follows.

Uncle Lucius

Uncle Lucius

www.uncleluciusmusic.com

Like the city that brought them together, UL is a gumbo, with hints of Americana and folk juxtaposed with a slow-cooked roux that is steeped in classic rock 'n' roll and the blues. The resulting flavor is familiar and unique, roots at its most refined, albeit with a gutbucket foundation.

Little Freddie King

Little Freddie King

www.littlefreddieking.com

King is a country-style blues musician, links to an era when live music poured from the back-of-town nightclubs that were ubiquitous throughout New Orleans’ African-American neighborhoods, fostering a musical subculture of downhome Mississippi blues that developed from the ground up in New Orleans.

Big Sam's Funky Nation

Big Sam's Funky Nation

www.bigsamsfunkynation.com

Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls "the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz." Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!

King James and The Special Men

King James & The Special Men

http://specialmennola.com

Hot. Sweaty. Raw. Soulful. King James & The Special Men sound like New Orleans on wax, and they represent the Crescent City like no other. Rhythm & Blues ("Rock and Roll", as it's referred to outside of New Orleans) was born in "The City That Care Forgot" during the late 40's/early 50's in the years after WWII, and these indeed special men are doing everything possible and impossible to not only keep it alive, but make it strong, vibrant, and relevant to contemporary devourers of great music everywhere. How do they do it? With high-powered live shows peppered with obscure New Orleans classics and a steady stream of well-informed original recordings.

The Wooden Wings

The Wooden Wings

http://thewoodenwings.com

Start with two female vocalists shorter than your kid sister, a pair of rough-edged, Southern-tinged voices belting out notes sultry and fierce. With a couple of amped-up guitars and a steady percussive backbone, The Wooden Wings carve out their own sound in the blues-rooted city of New Orleans: a folk-fused brand of rock ‘n’ roll driven by hypnotic harmonies atop ear-catching melodies.

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2015 Registration is Closed

We have concluded registration for the 2015 High on the Hog Cook-Off.

Please e-mail becker@hogsforthecause.org with any further inquiries.

 
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