Sites & Sounds: Gwar Meat and Meet- Tin Pan South Songwriter's Fest and more

Music fans will have a lot to choose from when picking events in April. They can eat meat with Gwar or celebrate chicken and eggs with Shenandoah and special guest Marty Raybon and even more. antiMusic Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki has all the details.

Tin Pan South Songwriter's Festival
April 2-6, Nashville, Tennessee

As the world's largest all-songwriter festival, Tin Pan South will present hit songwriters from all genres performing at a variety of Nashville night spots. Some of the better-known songwriters appearing this year are Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Amy Grant, Sugarland's Kristian Bush and Ashley Monroe of the Pistol Annies. They'll be telling stories about their songs and performing them as originally conceived in intimate venues like the Bluebird Café, Station Inn, 3rd and Lindsley, Winners and the Rutledge. Among the hundreds of other performers scheduled to appear are Kathy Mattea, Radney Foster, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Jewell, Larry Gatlin, Joey + Rory, Lee Roy Parnell and Josh Jenkins of Green River Ordinance. "Fast Passes" are available or admission can be paid at the door.www.tinpansouth.com www.visitmusiccity.com

Gwar Meat and Meet
April 8, Kansas City, Missouri

Every summer Gwar hosts their annual Gwar-B-Q and this precursor event is to introduce their new Gwar-B-Q sauce (created by guitarist Balsac) and to kick off the second leg of their Fate or Chaos Tour that's set to begin on April 10 in Tucson with Warbeast and Wilson in tow. Fans that show up at Grinder's in KC's Crossroads District will be able to mingle with the band from 4-6 PM, or as Balsac puts it, "drink and eat themselves into a bloated coma." www.gwar.net www.grinderspizza.com

Euphoria Music Festival
April 12-13, New Braunfels, Texas

This festival in the Texas Hill Country is a multi-stage event held at the Whitewater Amphitheater. Scheduled to appear are Datsik, Tommy Trash, EOTO, Mord Fustang, Felix Cartel, Conspirator, Dirtyphonics, Le Castle Vania, Downlink, Michal Menert, Designer Drugs, Nerd Rage, the Polish Ambassador and many others. There will also be art installations and late night Silent Disco shows both evenings. New Braunfels is about 30-minutes from downtown San Antonio and 50-minutes from downtown Austin; shuttle service will be available from both of those cities as well as from San Marcos. www.euphoriafest.com

Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival
April 12-14, Moulton, Alabama

Which came first, the chicken or…oh never mind. This wacky festival features everything from a chicken clucking contest to a VIP event for motorcyclists to a poultry show to an egg toss contest. Yes, festival goers will also be able to eat chicken (gasp!) prepared in a multitude of ways. Musical performers will include Shenandoah with special guest Marty Raybon, Muddy Walkers Band, the Goat Hill String Band, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Fiddleworms and a host of bluegrass acts such as Blackrock Station, Freshwater Creek, Solid Blue Bluegrass and Valley Road Bluegrass. Moulton is located in northwest Alabama about 35 miles from Huntsville and the legendary music hotspot of Muscle Shoals. www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com www.alabama.travel

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