back in the mix
Hot Houston crowd gets back in the mix as MFAH's late-night dance party returns after 3-year break
An electric crowd of art, music, and party-loving Houstonians packed the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston this past weekend for the big return of the museum's late-night party, Mixed Media.
As CultureMap reported, this summer's event marked this first Mixed Media since 2019; the MFAH stopped the party in response to the pandemic. More than 900 hit the MFAH's Audrey Jones Beck Building to catch an all-Houston musical lineup starring headline act The Suffers, rising star opener Lenora, and DJ/producer Tay Powers.
Fusing hot music, a dance club vibe, and cutting-edge art, the party rocked with tunes, hundreds on the dance floor, and an exclusive peek at the MFAH's current exhibit, “William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows,” an eye-catching showcase for the noted South African artist.
When not hitting the the dance floor and checking out the artwork, visitors sipped cocktails and noshed on pizza and light bites from Cafe Leonelli, the MFAH's Italian cafe and bakery.
Getting the crowd going with her self-described "rhythm and groove," Lenora opened the show with a groove-filled set. Before the show and between set, Tay Powers spun tunes and kept the beats flowing. Later, The Suffers and charismatic lead singer Kam Franklin took the stage for their sticky-sweet soul, funk, and R&B sounds from latest release It Starts With Love and other faves.
Judging by the nearly 1,000 in the building, the MFAH will have no problem drawing a crowd for its mixed-media, late-night dance party.