Hot Luck Announces Musical Talent, More Chefs

Aaron Franklin's inaugural fest keeps getting bigger

Black Lips (l), Black Joe Lewis, Robert Ellis (Photos by John Anderson)

When the team behind the new festival first announced Hot Luck, we suspected that it would be a hot ticket. After this morning’s announcement of additional chefs, a brunch series, and musical acts, Aaron Franklin, James Moody, and Mike Thelin’s inaugural shindig has become the dictionary definition of extra.

On the music side, Hot Luck has confirmed the first of the festival's acts, starting off with a special set from Thurston Moore on Wednesday, May 17, at Mohawk and then kicking into high gear on Thursday, May 18, with Rayland Baxter, Black Joe Lewis, Robert Ellis, the Black Lips, and more taking over venues across town – including Barracuda, Mohawk, and White Horse. The individual tickets for the shows will range from $12-23.

Barracuda will be featuring a special culinary component to its shows like the Friday, May 19, pairing of Japanese pop-punk legends Shonen Knife with chef Yoshi Otai, recently named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs for his work at Otoko.

Several new chefs have also been added to the culinary roster, first announced in March: Elias Cairo (Olympia Provisions, Portland) for the “Hi, How Are You?” opening dinner featuring Franklin and Roy Choi; Jennifer Tucker (Jeffrey's) for “The Hi Lo” event; Justin Brunson (Old Major, Denver), Ben Runkle (Salt & Time), and Kristine Kittrell (Weather Up) for the “Hawaii, Texas” tiki party; and Laura Loomis (Two Bros BBQ Market, San Antonio) for the barbecue-focused Al Fuego.

In addition, the festival has announced a brunch series on Sunday, May 21, giving you even more opportunities to check out the visiting chefs. Contigo chef Andrew Wiseheart will host chef Adam Sappington from The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar, L’oca d’oro chef Fiore Tedesco will host chef Joshua McFadden from Ava Gene’s and Tusk, and The Hightower chef Chad Dolezal will host chef Steve McHugh from Cured. Reservations can be made at each host restaurant.

Tickets are still available for the fest, but act now if you want the all-inclusive Whole Enchilada package. Only 20 remained at press time.

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