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Hogs For The Cause unveils 2012 music lineup

On Friday afternoon, Hogs for the Cause founders Rene Louapre and Becker Hall unveiled the music lineup and official plans for the 4th annual pork cook-off music festival in City "Pork" at a press conference held at NOLA Brewing Company.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will headline and will be joined by Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Austin's alt-country band The Gourds, Marcia Ball, Stooges Brass Band and Mississippi Rail Company.

What started as a charitable cook-out at The Fly amongst friends has grown into a staple event on the New Orleans spring festival calendar after last year's event raised more than  $100,000 for the families of children fighting pediatric brain cancer at a festival headlined by The Radiators and Anders Osborne on a sunny spring day in 2011.

Louapre said the festival's goal this year is to triple that figure, setting a $300,000 fundraising goal for the 2012 event. Sixty teams will compete for the pork cook-off trophy and funds will be raised through participant fees, merchandise and concession sales and donations. Get out there in March, bring the family, a big appetite and support this worthy cause at what is one of the premiere outdoor events of the spring.

The festival will take place on Saturday, March 24; gates will open at 10:30 a.m., advance tickets are $10 and they will be $20 at the gate. For more information on the event, visit hogsforthecause.org.

Wesley Hodges writes about music for Live Music Blog: NOLA and NolaVie.