back in the mix
Hot MFAH dance fest returns with top Houston musicians, cutting-edge art, and late-night party vibes
One of Houston's most eclectic summer parties is back after a long break due to the pandemic. Mixed Media from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston returns Saturday, July 15 with some top-flight musical talent and art.
As the name implies, the MFAH's Audrey Jones Beck Building (5601 Main St.) will open its doors at 8 pm Saturday to partiers who can dance to tunes from beloved local act The Suffers, rising star Lenora, and DJ Tay Powers. With this being an MFAH event, guests can stroll through the exhibition “William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows” with unfettered access.
While taking a break from the dance floor, visitors can sip cocktails and nosh on pizza and light bites from Cafe Leonelli, the MFAH's Italian cafe and bakery.
Tickets to the Mixed Media party run $25 for MFAH members and $30 for the general public; score tickets here. Leave the kids at home as this event is strictly for revelers aged 18 and older.
The Suffers are coming off their 2022 release It Starts With Love — lead singer Kam Franklin told CultureMap she wanted to make a record that sounded like Houston. As fans know, the band fusessoul, funk, and R&B into a phat, Houston-fied gumbo that's been a hit on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, The Daily Show, and more.
Soon to be a major player in the business and one to watch, classically trained Houston singer-songwriter Lenora brings her self-described “Rhythm and Groove” to open the show. Yet another H-Town talent, DJ and producer Tay Powers (née Taylor Barner) will spin sets and mix in jams she's crafted for Justin Bieber and Ty Dolla $ign.
For the art lovers: “William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows,” an acerbic, thoughtful showcase of the talented South African artist, runs through September 10.
And for the party people: Be ready to dress to impress, sip adult beverages, bust out those dance moves, and get sweaty in the MFAH's chill, 68-degree confines.
The MFAH Mixed Media party runs 8 pm to midnight Saturday, July 15 at The Museum of Fine Arts' Houston Audrey Jones Beck Building (5601 Main St.) Tickets run $25 to $30 and can be purchased here.