Kings Of Leon will help launch the first Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival, scheduled to take place on September 21st and 22nd. According to The Tennessean, the event will feature a number of musical performances in addition to appearances from acclaimed national chefs as well as local ones. Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and his brother, Kings drummer Nathan Followill, are among the festival's producers.
The festival was the brainchild of Caleb, who said, "Oddly enough, we're big foodies. We've traveled the world and get to eat a lot of great stuff. I came back home to here in Nashville, and I was sitting outside and trying to figure out where to go eat." The singer/guitarist added that he thinks the event will become a "celebration of Nashville."
- Followill revealed that he once thought he was going to be a chef, saying, "I just think food and music go hand in hand . . . I still consider myself a pretty good home cook."
- The event is co-produced by C3 Presents, the organization that handles Lollapalooza, the Austin City Limits festival and others.
- Music City Eats will take place at Nashville's Public Square Park festival grounds, with cooking demos, panel discussions, book signings and the Flavors of Nashville event, where the city's top chefs will serve their dishes, all on the menu. The musical component will take place Saturday night.
- Kings Of Leon completed the recording of their sixth studio album earlier this spring and hope to have it out in September.
- Bassist Jared Followill said in an interview with NME, "I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I'm amazed how youthful it sounds."
- The new disc has yet to be titled and will follow up 2010's Come Around Sundown, making this the longest gap between Kings albums since Youth And Young Manhood arrived in 2003.
- The group will hit the road this summer in Europe, but will first play the Governor's Ball Festival in New York City on June 7th.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you think music and food go "hand in hand"?
- What would you rather attend -- a music festival or a food festival?
- What is your favorite food to eat before you go to see a band play?