The lure of free food won out over the inconvenience of rain and mud as TV's Rachael Ray hosted her eighth annual Feedback food and music party at South By Southwest on Saturday (March 21) at Stubb's Barbeque.
Despite intermittent rain throughout the six-hour, free and open to the public event – which has been a high-profile highlight of the annual SXSW schedule since its inception – lines stretched well beyond the entrance for much of the time. Though the crowds actually staying to watch the show were noticeably smaller due to weather and the less-than-optimal ground conditions at the venue. The gourmet sliders, hot dogs, tacos and other treats were readily consumed throughout the day, and the music bill, among the most eclectic of SXSW day parties, made Feedback an easy affair to stay at from start to finish.
Among those making the scene was Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt, who played the indoor stage at last year's Feedback party with the group's side project Foxboro Hot Tubs. This time Dirnt, accompanied by his wife, pronounced himself "on vacation," but he did share with Billboard that he was "super excited and super nervous, too" about Green Day's upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He also said guitarist Jason White was doing well in his battle with tonsil cancer and that Green Day had recently regrouped for its first band practice in awhile. "Everyone's healthy and we're gearing up to kick ass again."