Update: March 21, 6:29 p.m.: This article was updated to include details about the date change for the Turkey Leg Hut’s Annual Festival and Block Party, with a statement from the restaurant’s spokesperson.
After a Friday announcement stating that Houston rappers Slim Thug and Lil Keke would perform at an event, Turkey Leg Hut has changed its plans.
The Third Ward restaurant said in a release that its Annual Festival and Block Party would return to the city for its second on March 27 with Slim Thug and Lil Keke as headliners. Come Monday, March 21, the headlining performances were canceled.
The restaurant’s publicist Sherrie Handrinos said in an emailed statement to Eater Houston that the decision was beyond the control of Turkey Leg Hut and the artists.
“We absolutely love and appreciate both Slim & Keke as they are both friends of the Turkey Leg Hut and thank them for their ongoing support of everything we do,” Handrinos said. “There will definitely be future opportunities with them as we continue to grow our footprint in Houston & beyond!”
Hosted along Almeda road between Wichita and Arbor streets in Third Ward, the festival is still slated to run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Houston-based Zydeco band Step Rideau & Zydeco Outlaws at noon on the main stage in front of Turkey Leg Hut, followed by local singer Inayah at 2 p.m.
The festival also promises around 100 different vendors, with food, drinks, music, children’s activities, shopping, and more for attendees.
Lynn and Nakia Price, the founders of Turkey Leg Hut, first launched the event in 2019 to engage the community. In its inaugural year, the festival drew in more than 6,000 people but was postponed in subsequent years due to the pandemic.
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