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mixers19Mixers & Elixirs is back and it’s my pleasure to announce the return of one of the most well-attended events in Houston.  Every Friday night from June through August an average of eleven-hundred people come to HMNS to start the weekend off right!  That’s right, the summer’s biggest parties happen at the largest educational institution in Houston. Why? HMNS wants to invite you to experience the Museum in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Let loose by taking your sweetie for a spin or meeting someone special under the dinosaurs. Try wandering our world- class Gem & Mineral Hall with a drink in your hand and good music in your ear…Check out our 2009 lineup for bands that’ sure to please every musical taste.

June 5 – Grady Gaines & the Texas Upsetters

June 12 – TropiCrew 

June 19  – The Handsomes

June 26 – Molly & the Ringwalds

July 3 – HOLIDAY WEEKEND – MIXERS RESUMES JULY 10

mixers87July 10 – The Fab 5

July 17 - Mango Punch

July 24 – Mambo Jazz Kings

July 31 – The Chromatics

August 7 – Commercial Art

August 14 – Grupo Batacha

August 21 – Yvonne Washington & the Mix

August 28 – Grupo Ka-Che

So how do you get into this awesome party where you can have a cool drink, listen to awesome music, check out the dinosaurs, and meet someone who’s as interested in the exhibits as they are in the party? Click here! Your ticket into the biggest party in Houston goes for just $15 or you can purchase a membership and get in all summer long for only $13. See you Friday, June 5!

Grady Gaines: A Virtual History of R&B

Grady Gaines’ musical career is like a timeline for the history of contemporary R&B in America. From the 1950s, when Grady struck musical gold with Little Richard to playing at President Clinton’s inaugural party in the 1990s, Gaines and the Upsetters have been bringing blues, rock & roll, and American standards to people all over the world. Take a glance at Grady’s bio, from his own website, which grazes over some of the highlights of his musical prowess…

1950s
Grady Gaines, Houston saxophonist and recording bandleader for Don Robey, met Richard Penniman. They recorded together at Duke/Peacock. Richard Penniman later became Little Richard, and asked Grady to lead the Upsetters. They recorded many classics such as “Long Tall Sally,” “Send Me Some Lovin,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” and Grady appeared in three movies with Richard. At Little Richard’s retirement, Grady hired Dee Clark as band vocalist, and continued to tour.

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1960s
Sam Cooke hired Grady and the Upsetters to be his band. They recorded “Bring It On Home,” “Twisting The Night Away,” and many more. After Cooke’s death, Grady and the Upsetters continued playing at all the great houses such as The Apollo, and the Paladium, with all the great artists: Diana Ross and the Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bo Didley, Etta James, Jackie Wilson, and many, many others.

1970s
Grady came off the road, and returned home to Houston. He recorded “There Is Something On Your Mind,” and formed the House Rockers, who performed in Houston as Don Robey’s house band until Robey’s death.

1980s
Disco took its toll on live music in the U.S. Grady toured Europe, and recorded his first solo album, “Full Gain.” In the late ’80s, Grady performed at Blues Festivals across the nation.

1990s
Grady recorded “Down and Dirty, Live At Tipitina’s,” and “House Of Plenty.” He toured Europe with Fats Domino; and the Texas Blues Preservation Society honored Grady with its first annual Blues Heritage Award, citing him as being a Texas Blues Ambassador Around the World and a Pioneer in the Creation of Rock & Roll. In 1993, Grady Gaines played at one of President Clinton’s inaugural parties and was proclaimed Blues Artist Of The Year at the Juneteenth Festival in Houston.

Grady Gaines & the Texas Upsetters continually draw one of the biggest Mixers crowds of the year because Grady’s experience shines through every time he gets on stage. His presence, ability to work the crowd into a dancing frenzy, and booming voice lets you know who’s bringing the party. Don’t miss your opportunity to see a true to life Texas legend this Friday from 6 – 10pm at Mixers, Elixirs, & IMAX - Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters!