Eat to the beat

Nashville will play host to rockers Kings of Leon as they aim to strike the right note on food and wine


Music City Eats will see rock superstars Kings of Leon front a food festival in their home town of Nashville, Tennessee in September.

The festival is being put on by the band’s Caleb and Nathan Followill, helped by their management team Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn of Nashville’s Vector Management, and chef Jonathan Waxman. The festival will feature an array of chefs, live music, interactive demos and tasting sessions.

The weekend festival will also encompass the Petty Fest Nashville, an all-star celebration of the music of Tom Petty. Also hosted by Kings Of Leon, the concert will take place at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium and feature The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Buddy Miller, Jakob Dylan, Ruby Amanfu and The Whigs performing the songs of Tom Petty.

Jonathan Waxman was at the forefront of California cuisine and is often credited with being the first to bring its style, fusing French cooking techniques with the freshest local ingredients, to New York in the 1980s. He is currently the chef-owner of the rustic Italian restaurant Barbuto in New York City’s West Village.

He said: “A few years ago, Caleb Followill quietly slipped into my restaurant Barbuto in New York, and we bonded over food and music. Throughout our many conversations, he kept asking why there wasn’t a food and wine festival in his hometown of Nashville.

“We are inviting some truly amazing chefs from around the country, and most importantly, the best chefs and restaurants in Nashville. I am extremely excited by our shindig.”

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