Six Market Tour Kicking Off Dec. 2 Includes School Visits and Free Concerts at Wild Wing Cafe Locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia
CHARLOTTE, N.C. and NASHVILLE, TN (November 17, 2021) – Country music artist and American Idol Winner Laine Hardy is teaming up with Wild Wing Cafe, a Carolinas-born restaurant chain and Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that champions music education in schools, for a six-market tour that kicks off in Warner Robins, GA on Dec. 2 and concludes in Wild Wing Cafe’s headquarters city of Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 10. Other stops include: Anderson, SC (Dec. 4), Raleigh, NC (Dec. 6), Savannah, GA (Dec. 7) and Columbia, SC (Dec. 9).
“Growing up in a town with a population of 2000, our schools didn’t have much of a music education program so I had to figure it out on my own with the help of my family,” said 21-year-old Hardy, a native of Livingston, Louisiana, who picked up his first guitar at age six. “It’s really important to me to help nurture the artists of tomorrow, giving back to my own schools and others through Little Kids Rock.”
In each market, during the day Laine will visit a Little Kids Rock partner school presenting musical instrument gifts and that night, perform a free concert including songs from his recently released debut album, Here’s To Anyone, at the local Wild Wing Cafe.
“For more than 30 years, live music has been an important part of the Wild Wing Cafe brand with now famous singers and songwriters performing on our stages early in their careers including: Luke Combs, Edwin McCain, Old Dominion, Zac Brown and Hootie & the Blowfish, to name a few,” said Wild Wing Cafe CEO, Steve Weigel. “Having Laine Hardy tour our stages strengthens our commitment to emerging artists and delivers a real treat to our guests.”
Since 2002, Little Kids Rock has reached more than a million students with highly inclusive and culturally relevant music education. Today, more than 550,000 kids currently participate in Little Kids Rock programs.
“We love this collaboration with Laine Hardy and Wild Wing Cafe because it allows us to further our mission of expanding music education in schools with a real-life success story while providing some excitement to students and Wild Wing customers,” said David Wish, Founder & CEO of Little Kids Rock.
About Laine Hardy
After winning American Idol in 2019, Laine focused on songwriting and touring, headlining shows in Denver, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Lexington and more. Laine’s 2020 “Ground I Grew Up On” virtual tour made 20-plus online stops, with views at 2 million and counting. The 21-year old hit the road on a 2021 headlining tour and made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, August 28. Laine’s debut album, Here’s To Anyone, released on September 17 of this year. For more information, visit LaineHardyMusic.com or follow him on IG @TheLaineHardy.
About Wild Wing Cafe
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Wild Wing Cafe has 40 locations across eight states including: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee and Alabama. See the full list at https://www.wildwingcafe.com/locations. Follow us on IG and Twitter @wildwingcafe and FB @wildwingcafeofficial
About Little Kids Rock
Based in Montclair, N.J., Little Kids Rock’s network of thousands of K-12 teachers across 48 states leads a national movement that brings innovative and inclusive music education to students. To learn more visit www.littlekidsrock.org. Follow us on IG, FB and Twitter @littlekidsrock