MEAT FEST, an annual event that brings together the local scene through music and meat kicks off this weekend! We caught up with organizer Alex Thomas to give us the juicy details. Note: A full breakdown of locations, dates, bands, and estimated times is listed at the bottom of this page.

What are the origins of MEAT FEST?
MEAT FEST originated with Albert Alfonso a local Wichita musician around 15 years ago. It was a Kirby's tradition for all but one year. 

What is your role in regards to MEAT FEST?
My role is coordinator and Adminstrator of the WSU foundation scholarship and booking the event. 

What is the importance of MEAT FEST? Why have you kept it going?
It's a chance for the community to come together and donate towards a good cause and help fellow young artists. We've established an endowment at WSU for the arts. The money donated at MEAT FEST will go towards Kirby’s Steve
Schroeder Memorial Scholarship.

What is different about this year's MEAT FEST?
This year we are doing something for the vegans. Friday at Kirby's will be a vegan potluck. This year we've also expanded the donation base and have included Zack Roach's Free Music ICT program. The money made at the door Friday at Barleycorn's will go directly to his cause.

What is one of your favorite memories from MEAT FEST?
I have no memories of MEAT FEST. They have all been washed away in a blur of flesh and bones. Or maybe it was Carrie Nation, The Cubes, and Spirit of the Stairs all being on the same bill. One of the two.

If one is not careful it may be easy to overload on meat, what are some tips for those looking avoid the "meat sweats"?
Embrace the meat sweats. Load up on meat. Tip the donation bucket and make sure and drink lots of fluids.

Friday, January 13th at Barleycorn's
6:00 - 6:45pm - Cy Rogers
6:45 - 7:30pm - Ryan Windham
7:45- 8:45pm - Herd of the Huntress
9:00 - 10:00pm - Jenny Wood Band
10:15 -11:30pm - Spirit of the Stairs
11:45-12:45pm - Kill Vargas

$5 donation at the door. Light apps provided.
All proceeds to benefit FREE MUISC ICT

Saturday, January 14th at Kirby's
12:15 - 12:45pm - Piranhas
1:00 - 1:30pm - Maria Elena
1:45 - 2:30pm - Julian Davis
2:45 - 3:30pm - Albert One Man Band
3:45 - 4:30pm - Bad Hombres
4:45 - 5:30pm - False Flag
5:45 - 6:45pm - New Imperialism
7:00 - 8:00pm - Sun and Stone
8:15 - 9:15pm - Candy Lords
9:30 - 10:30pm - The Travel Guide
10:45 - 11:45pm - Divorce Corpse
12:00 - Close - Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy

All donations to benefit the Kirby’s Steve
Schroeder Memorial Scholarship

Friday, January 13th Vegan Fest at Kirby's
6:00 - 630pm - Saint Cecelia’s Jubilee
6:45 - 7:15pm - Kill It With Fire!
7:30 - 8:30pm - Filius Sol
8:45 - 9:45pm - Godhat
10:00 - 11:00pm - Living Ghost
11:15 - 12:15am - Domestic Drone
12:30am - Close - King Slug

Sunday, January 15th at Lucky's 6pm
Art Auction

All donations to benefit the Kirby’s Steve
Schroeder Memorial Scholarship