Hogs for the Cause opens at 11am on Saturday morning. One of the first bands to play on Saturday is Hiss Golden Messenger. The crowd is rewarded early in the set when the band plays Saturday’s Song. This is a fantastic song about going a little crazy on the weekend; which was very appropriate for this festive setting. Throughout the set the crowd is filling up on beer and BBQ and jamming to the tunes. At one point during the show, the lead singer says this is kid’s music. After a pause, he explains, the music was inspired by having kids. The bands lo-fi blend of folk and blues is in fact enjoyable to all ages.
Following Hiss Golden Messenger on the stage is Toubab Krewe. The band’s blend of World Music and Rock gets everyone dancing. The party is in full swing and vendors are beginning to run out of menu items. This group from Asheville, NC is a great example of the talented and diverse lineup featured at Hogs for The Cause.
The Wood Brothers take the stage next. The mix of rock, blues, and folk performed by this group is perfect on this warm and sunny New Orleans afternoon. Brothers Oliver and Chris Wood play guitar and are accompanied by a standup bass and a drummer. Luckiest Man is played and smiles are seen on everyone’s face as the relaxing music puts everyone’s worries a thousand miles away.
J Roddy Walston & The Business crank things up with some southern blues rock. Early in their set, they play Used to Did, which has a fast pace and features a ripping guitar solo and frenetic piano playing. Later on, they feature a song from their latest album, Essential Tremors. The song, Heavy Bells, starts slow, but quickly turns into a full out rock feast.
Overall, it was a fantastic day of sun, pork, beer, and music. Hogs for the Cause has become a major festival in New Orleans. With strong lineups like the one this year, this festival will be entertaining crowds for a long time.