Hogs for the Cause announces 2016 music lineup


Shovels & Rope. - MOLLY HAYES
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Alt-country bands Shovels & Rope and Deer Tick join the music lineup for the 2016 Hogs for the Cause, the eighth annual barbecue and fundraiser for pediatric cancer services. The event returns to City Park on April 1-2.

In 2014, husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope — aka Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent — released its acclaimed album Swimmin' Time, the follow-up to 2012's breakthrough O' Be Joyful. The band's performance at the 2015 Jazz Fest was a loose, foot-stomping trade of barn-burning rock 'n' roll, harmony-filled dirges and grinning storytelling country-folk.

Also performing at the 2016 event are Greensky Bluegrass, funk supergroup Dragon Smoke, bluesman Tab Benoit, Twiddle, American Aquarium, Phil Cook, Big Sam's Funk Nation and Great Peacock, as well as New Orleans honky tonkers The Deslondes, singer-songwriter Kristin Diable, Luke Winslow-King's Electric Trio, Sweet Crude and Motel Radio.

Tickets go on sale today (Tuesday, Dec. 8) via www.hogsforthecause.org. Discounted two-day general admission passes are $35, and discounted two-day "PassPork" tickets are $75 and guarantee faster event entry and $45 in "Hoggy Dollars." Two-day "Boss Hog" tickets are $350 and include access to an open bar, private bathroom and view of the stages plus $45 in "Hoggy Dollars."

For 2016, the festival also will offer a limited number of food judge tickets for Saturday for $45, which includes general admission and the opportunity to judge a minimum of two food categories.

Single-day tickets go on sale Jan. 11, 2016. Kids under age 12 get in free.

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