It's been a long time since rapper Bun B performed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The last time was a decade ago, at the Grand Gala Ball, where he performed alongside local soul legend Archie Bell.
"With himself being from Port Arthur and myself being from Port Arthur," he remembers, "they thought it would be nice to see different generations performing."
The H-Town rap giant-turned-elder statesman will be back on museum grounds this Friday, August 2, for a set during the museum's latest MFAH Mixed Media party.
This time around, the bash will be space-themed, as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and will give guests exclusive, after-hours access to two exhibitions: "Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum’s Collection 50 Years after Apollo 11" and "Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors."
Bun B will be performing with Doc Loc and the Swangers, a big band (led by Pasadena jazzman Henry Darragh) that's getting a rep for their swinging covers of iconic, Houston hip-hop tunes. "[The museum] reached me to see if I would be open to perform with them," says Bun B, who was impressed by these musicians once they got down to rehearsing. "They are very thorough with their interpretations. I think people will be excited with the end result."
DJ Sun and Kay Illah will also be around spinning tunes. As for refreshments, Moon Rooster will be the on-site food truck, and Popston will provide popsicles.
The MFAH Mixed Media party runs 8 pm to midnight, and tickets are $25 ($22 for MFAH members). For tickets and more information, visit the official site.