By Matt Wickstrom
NEW ORLEANS, La., and EAU CLAIRE, Wi. — Lexington bluegrass brethren The Wooks will continue their hard-hitting ways on the road in 2019 in support of their sophomore album Glory Bound with high profile festival performances in New Orleans at Hogs for the Cause in March and in Wisconsin for Blue Ox Music Festival in June.
Learn more about each festival and who will be performing alongside The Wooks at each event below.
Hogs for the Cause
Hogs for the Cause, one of the country’s largest music and barbecue festivals, revealed on Tuesday the lineup for its 2019 gathering — which includes The Wooks — to be held March 29 and 30 at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Joining The Wooks at Hogs for the Cause will be Trampled By Turtles, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The War and Treaty, Dumpstaphunk + George Porter Jr., Samantha Fish, American Aquarium, Marco Benevento, Low Cut Connie, Bishop Gunn, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Red Shahan, Liz Cooper and the Stampede, Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters, Brent Cowles, Luthi, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Iceman Special, J and the Causeways, Roadside Glorious, and One South Lark.
In addition to music, the festival will feature “85 local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs to compete in seven categories: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Sauce, Fan Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.” Friday night at the festival will celebrate bacon at Bacon Night, while Saturday is the main barbecue event.
Hogs for the Cause also works as a charity, helping to raise funds for families with children suffering from pediatric cancer. According to the festival’s website, Hogs for the Cause is the top funding source for pediatric brain cancer outreach services in the U.S., having given 600 grants over 10 years. In 2018 the festival sold out faster than ever before, generating $1.5 million for the cause.
The event has partnered with several hospitals to reach families including Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, Ochsner Hospital for Children, Duke Children’s Hospital, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, and Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
For The Wooks, this won’t be the first time they’ve partnered with charitable organizations. The band has partnered with Colorado-based Can’d Aid Foundation as Tunes Ambassadors to to deliver instruments to elementary school students across the country, including in nearby Estill County and most recently at Julius Marks Elementary in Lexington. Guitarist C.J. Cain says the band is always looking to give back, and Hogs for the Cause presented the perfect opportunity to do just that.
“From the beginning we have made an effort to try to give back when we can, and Hogs for the Cause is a great opportunity to not only be a part of a first-class musical event but also to spread a little do-goodery and help kids that are battling brain cancer,” said Cain. “This is something we are thankful to get to do.”
Tickets for Hogs for the Cause go on sale on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. CST. For more information visit hogsforthecause.org.
Blue Ox Music Festival
Following fellow Kentuckian Tyler Childers’ debut at Blue Ox in 2018, The Wooks will make their debut at the Whispering Pines Campground in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, from June 13 to 15.
Other performances Blue Ox’s fifth iteration include two nights from host band Pert Near Sandstone, Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, Del McCoury Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Dead South, The Earls of Leicester feat. Jerry Douglas, Billy Strings, Charlie Parr, Pokey LaFarge, Peter Rowan’s Carter Stanley’s Eyes, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Jeff Austin Band, The Larry Keel Experience, Fruition, Lil Smokies, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, The Lowest Pair, Them Coulee Boys, The People Brothers Band, Old Salt Union, David Huckfelt, Feeding Leroy, Cascade Crescendo, Dusty Heart, Barbaro, and Grassfed.
Tickets for Blue Ox 2019 are on sale now. For more information visit blueoxmusicfestival.com.
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