Retro ruled on South by Southwest's final Saturday -- at least for Rachael Ray’s 11th annual Feedback party at Stubb’s on March 17.
The combination of old school rap heroes Salt-N-Pepa and the star-studded Beatles tribute Dr. Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band had fans relishing enduring favorites from two eras, a euphoric close to the six-hour, three-stage, 15-act free public event. Add a dash of St. Patrick’s Day spirit, including a bagpipe corps that marched through Stubb's and onto the street at the start of the day, and summery weather -- not to mention the free food and drink Ray provides for the masses -- and it seemed impossible to have anything but a good time.
“So this is Austin winter?” Jet’s Nic Cester said early in the Dr. Pepper’s set, a fab 45-minute romp through 14 Beatles favorites. In its first full public performance, the group -- which also features Muse’s Matt Bellamy on bass, Last Shadow Puppets’ Miles Kane on vocals and members of Nine Inch Nails and the Zutons -- dressed in early '60s Beatles leather and used vintage instruments and amplifiers. They landed on just the professional side of ragged as they revived “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Bad Boy,” “Back in the USSR, “ “Taxman,” “It Won’t Be Long,” “Hey Bulldog,” a metallic “Helter Skelter” and more. The group also celebrated Kane’s 31st birthday with a traditional round of “Happy Birthday” -- “I think Paul McCartney owns it,” Cester quipped -- and a cake.