August 20, 2021

Heroic Hog Days: A celebration of BBQ and music making a difference in Montgomery

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As it turns out, delicious BBQ is a perfect reason for the entire family to get out of the house and celebrate the end of summer. Gather your family and friends on August 28 to enjoy good music, Alabama’s best BBQ and fun activities for all ages!

Montgomery’s 4th Annual Hog Days of Summer is happening on August 28th at the Union Station Train Shed. Hosted by the Druids Charity Club, the event has seen exponential growth over the last few years from traveling and local visitors. Considering the upgraded music and bbq line-up, this year is expected to pick up where it left off after postponing the 2019 event due to Covid.

“Our goal is to make this a destination event for all of Alabama.” says Druids Charity Club Member Stuart Franco. “With the way the River Region community has supported us so far, we are definitely excited about the future of Hog Days.”

BBQ lovers certainly won’t be disappointed by the menu of offerings this year. Award winning BBQ will be provided by James Beard winning chef, Ryan Prewitt, as well as Alabama favorites, Dreamland, Jim N’ Nicks, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Smokehouse Pit BBQ, Monroe Sausage and more.

The Americana themed music component will keep you dancing into the night. Headlined by the legendary Texas Americana-country songwriter extraordinaire Robert Earl Keen. Cedric Burnside, out of Holly Springs, MS will play a set of fresh Hill Country blues. And longtime local favorites Jupiter Coyote out of Macon, GA (and beyond) will be getting things started with a set of upbeat southern-jam-bluegrass-infused rock. In between acts, Earl “Guitar” Williams, a staple from Gip’s Place in Bessemer, will entertain guests from a side stage.

If that’s not enough reason to make plans to attend, Hog Days of Summer is also giving back to the city they love most. Founded by life-long hometown friends, the Druids Charity Club was motivated to put on this first-class event after personal experience with the hardships caused by cancer. In partnering with Hogs for the Cause out of New Orleans, Hog Days of Summer raises money to provide help for Central Alabama families who have been affected by pediatric brain cancer. “A lot of things have changed for all of us in the last 18 months, but one thing that hasn’t changed are the needs of the families we support” says Franco. “We work really hard to make this a rewarding event for those families but also a special event for the City of Montgomery.”

Event sponsor Warren Averett shared, “Hog Days of Summer is not just about the great food and music. It’s about the River Region rallying to show these families we care.”

Tickets are limited due to covid capacity protocols. For more information on how to purchase tickets or support, Hog Days of Summer can be found on their website. Children 12 & Under get in free.

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