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Music Lineup Announced for Laurel’s Pork Rock Fest

Photo courtesy of Chad Knight and the Pork Rock Fest.

Instead of Laurelpalooza this fall, a new festival will take place in The City Beautiful.

Pork Rock Fest ’22 will offer great food, drinks, and local music this Saturday, September 10 beginning at 6 p.m. Free for all ages, come early and be prepared for a full night of fun. The music kicks off with a local favorite in Jeff Aplin.

Aplin explains that his music repertoire was influenced by greats such as the Beatles, Three Dog Knight, Fleetwood Mac, and Billy Joel.

“ helped cultivate my love for music, especially anything that was guitar and/or piano-driven,” Aplin said. “Those early influences eventually led to a love for music that had a little more of an edge to it. I play mainly acoustic versions of songs that influenced me and that I grew up with.”

Aplin, who takes the stage as soon as the festival begins, will be followed by Paul Johnson at 6:30. Johnson is one of south Mississippi’s top rock n’ roll singer-songwriters.

“I grew up on rock n’ roll and country music,” Johnson said. “My sense of place is God, family, and hometown. I want to tell the stories of rural America – the forgotten, the underrepresented, hard-working, rugged individuals that I call family.”

At 7:00, KFP will hit the stage followed by the Platypus Wrecks at 8:00. Holly Rumbarger begins at 9:00 with Attic Revival at 9:30. Chad Knight, owner of the Knight Butcher, and his band will perform at 10:30. Wrapping the night up will be Axiom of Maria at 11:30.

The main stage will be located inside Texas PitMaster BBQ on West 5th Street. For more information on Pork Rock Fest ’22, click here.


Written by Judy Smith

Judy Smith has been a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and publications around the South, including Social South Magazine, Our Mississippi Magazine, DeSoto Magazine, Deep South Magazine, Country Roads Magazine, among others. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Paralegal Studies, Master’s of Science in Mass Communications, and PhD in Communications at the University of Southern Mississippi. And Judy Smith is proud to forever be a Mississippi Girl.


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