Steamy salsa night closes out the summer

The time has finally come to close out this summer’s Mixers & Elixirs series. But we’re going out with a bang! End this summer right with one last steaming salsa night before summertime is gone.

 We talked to lead singer Rudy Rincon from Grupo Ka-Che to see what makes their performance at Mixers and Elixirs so spectacular.

What is the best thing about playing at Mixers?

Mixers25Being around the dinosaurs is definitely one of the best things. Another great aspect is being in a location that gives you the opportunity to be outside the normal standardization of a club. It is something really new and innovated that gives you another taste of both themes: a museum and a show.

How would you describe your band’s overall music and performance?

We are the most energetic Latin performance in town. Our show is completely live and it is well established. We got together in ’98.

What started you out in music?

We all started as musicians. We share Latin music as our connection even though we come from different countries. By communicating with the local audience we felt the need to polish and professionalize our music. Our group presents Latin music that delivers our culture as well as an exciting show for our audience.

What was it like performing under a giant dinosaur in past years?

 It was an adventure. Everyone at the beginning wasn’t sure what the response would be. As a band we really appreciate the work that the museum has been putting behind Mixers. We are pleased to be a part of the most exciting events. It integrates the museum aspect as well as an opportunity for young business professionals to network, dance, and mingle.

This is your last chance to see and be seen at Mixers & Elixirs! Don’t let the opportunity to salsa under the dinosaurs pass you by for another year. The party starts at 6 p.m. with our live DJ and cash bars. The dancing begins with Grupo Ka-Che at 7 p.m. Be sure to catch this fantastic night before it summer slips away.

Turn up the heat! Grupo Batacha at Mixers & Elixirs this Friday

It’s time to turn up the heat on the dinosaur dance floor again this week as Grupo Batacha brings the Cuban flavor to the Museum.

We talked to lead singer Oscar Larranaga from Grupo Batacha as he and his band prepare for one of the best salsa nights Mixers has seen yet! sonia-farr-2

What is the one thing that helps you bring energy to your performances?

If I had to pinpoint one thing it would be percussion: the Latin percussion. It always brings a lot of intensity.

What brought Grupo Batacha together?

That was ’97. We wanted to develop a Cuban flavored live band without any sequence music.

How do you prepare to play at Mixers?

We prepare 2 weeks before. We know there are a lot of people that follow us over to the museum. In the past we’ve has twelve to thirteen hundred people follow us over there. Before we start, we always talk about our performance and get pumped.

What was your first impression of the crowd at Mixers?

The people that come over there come to have a good time. They come to enjoy the music. It is a place to see and be seen. It is important for us to convey our message to the public. We are there to have fun and to see them. We are really pumped. It’s a good gig for the regular musician. It gives you an opportunity to play at a venue that is not so regular. Playing under the dinosaurs, now that’s something special!

There are only a few Mixers left this year! Don’t miss this sizzling night starting at 6 p.m. in the Volkswagen Lounge and the energy-filled performance following at 7 p.m.

High-energy salsa – this Friday with Mango Punch!

dominic-walsh-and-sonia-davisPull those dancing shoes out of the closet, grab a partner and join the rush to the dance floor. Move your body to the rhythm of salsa, merengue, cumbia and much more. Feel the liveliness in the crowd as the beautiful party people of Houston dance under the dinosaurs and mingle among the gems.

 

Don’t miss the captivating show put on by the 5-time winner of the Houston Press Music Awards’ “Best Latin Band” category, Mango Punch. You are sure to have a sensational time as the band creates a high-energy dance floor. Mango Punch has performed at multiple prominent events including the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXVIII.  

 

Put some zest into your Friday night with the smartest crowd in town. You can mix and mingle in the Audi Lounge with DJ Gracie Chavez and refreshing drinks from the cash bar beginning at 6 p.m. The fun en Español starts on the dance floor at 7 p.m.

 

This week: Mango Punch

 

July 24: Travel around the dance floor with Mambo Jazz Kings

July 31: Bring your best 80s groove with The Chromatics

August 7: Take a trip through the decades with Commercial Art

Salsa Nights are back with Mixers & Elixirs!

dancing-under-dinosaurs-3Last Friday, hundreds of Houstonians gathered to kick off the 2009 Mixers & Elixirs season with Grady Gaines & the Texas Upsetters. As people packed the dance floor, we boogied down to the soulful tunes that Grady and his band belted out.

This week, join the party as our popular Mixers salsa series kicks off! TropiCrew will be rocking the house with salsa, bachata, meringue, cumbia and reggaeton. They have a very full sound and phenomenal vocals and are sure to bring some fierce heat to the dance floor. If you love a cold cocktail and a hot dance partner, live music and delicious snacks, Mixers is THE place to be this summer.

Tickets are $15 non-members, $13 members. Mixers & Elixirs is every Friday night 6/5 – 8/28 (except July 3)  from 6 – 10 p.m. Check out our lineup! Don’t miss the new addition of the Audi Lounge in our Grand Entry Hall so you can get comfy while you get to know that cutie you met under the T-Rex!