Rachael Ray’s Feedback party rings in 10 years with Weezer, De La Soul

How cool is that? Rachael Ray celebrated the 10th year of her popular Feedback party at Stubb’s on Saturday afternoon with a packed house and a slate of bands that included Weezer and De La Soul and even an appearance from “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier.

“It heated up a little bit,” Rachael Ray said from the stage before introducing Grenier, who was there in part to advocate for strawlessocean.org, which aims┬áto keep plastics out of the ocean. “I don’t care. I think we all look pretty sexy sweaty. It’s my pleasure to be up here with musicians I love and respect.”

Weezer performs at Rachael Ray’s 10th annual Feedback party at South by Southwest on March 18, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro/for American-Statesman

What started as a small party hosted by the Food Network star has become one of the quintessential SXSW party experiences and has featured acts including Jenny Lewis, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Delta Spirit and Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.

In addition to Weezer and De La Soul, this year’s lineup included Margo Price, The Drums, the Districts, Benjamin Booker, Bob Schneider, The Cringe, Caitlyn Smith and orchestral performances by Teddy Abrams and the Artisan String Quartet. Hamilton Leithauser filled in for Action Bronson, who had a last-minute cancellation.

Adrian Grenier introduces De La Soul at Rachael Ray’s 10th annual Feedback party at South by Southwest on March 18, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro/for American-Statesman


The theme for this year’s food was queso, and guests were treated to a variety of items, including tater tots, corn and hot dogs, slathered in the Austin staple. Delish!

Rachael Ray hosted a queso-slathered fiesta at Stubb’s on Saturday, March 18. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman

Guests also enjoyed alcoholic beverages including free Lone Star and Modelo beers.

While Ray is in Austin, which she has long deemed one of her favorite cities, she’s keeping busy, spending time at her new SoCo pop-up boutique, Moxie, and visiting favorite restaurants including Grizzeldas, Wu Chow, Emmer & Rye and Ramen Tatsu-Ya.


Thanks, Rach, for another fun party! Hope to see you in town again soon!

Author: Kristin Finan

Kristin Finan is a writer, editor and author. Learn more about her at www.kristinfinan.com.

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