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South By Southwest Day Four: Eatin' Good In The Neighborhood

Ray With a little help from ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, daytime TV host Rachael Ray's Feedback party became one of the hottest affairs at this year's South by Southwest festival. There was already a line that extended fully down the block on Austin's 7th Street as the Saturday afternoon party began at the Beauty Bar.

But things inside hit a fever pitch when Gibbons joined the Cringe -- fronted by Ray's husband, John Cusimano -- for a rendition of John Lennon's "Cold Turkey," taking Cusimano's guitar and embracing him at the end of the song.

Those able to get into the party were met with a buffet of Southern-style dishes, including seven-layer sliders, a special macaroni and cheese dish, skillet barbecue chicken in bourbon-orange sauce and baby back ribs.

The Feedback party was Gibbons' second appearance at this year's SXSW. He joined psychedelic rock pioneer Roky Erickson earlier in the festival at the latter's annual Ice Cream Social event for three songs -- a new song called "The Beast" that Gibbons had to learn backstage, plus older favorites "I Walked With a Zombie" and "You're Gonna Miss Me." 

Earlier in the day, Daryl Hall brought a performance element to his South by Southwest interview appearance. Hall and longtime collaborator and bassist T-Bone Wolk performed acoustic renditions of three Hall & Oates songs -- "She's Gone," "Adult Education" and "Rich Girl" -- as Hall explained the intricacies of songwriting to the interviewer, journalist Ann Powers.

Prior to the session he told Billboard.com that "the life of the catalog, my body of work, is a surprise to me. Everything is a surprise to me because you never know what`s gonna happen." While in Austin, Hall also performed for DirectTV's "SXSW Live" series and filmed two episodes for his "Daryl's House" Internet performance series, with San Francisco singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet and the Philadelphia artist Mutlu as guests.

Also on Saturday, Extreme rockers Chiodos treated fans to a surprise during an afternoon appearance for Alternative Press magazine. Frontman Craig Owens grabbed an acoustic guitar and invited Circa Survive singer Anthony Green on stage for a duo rendition of the Lemonheads' "Being Around," which Green told the crowd was "pretty much about our love for each other." The unexpected diversion, which ended with Owens and Green kissing each other's cheeks, went over well with the moshers. -- Gary Graff

March 16, 2008 in SXSW | Permalink

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