‘Mix at Six’ returns to Harris Theater

By Miriam Finder Annenberg | Staff Writer

Happy hour takes on an artistic twist at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.,
this October with the return of the Mix at Six event series. Combining dance
and music in a happy hour session, Mix at Six draws young professionals,
families, Harris Theater regulars, and those curious about the performing
arts. The performances begin at 6 p.m. and last only an hour, making a relax-
ing after-work stop.

Now in its third year, the event series grew out of a former lunchtime series
in hopes of diversifying its audience. “We decided to do an early evening
[time slot] instead to capture young professionals,” says Meghan McNamara,
Harris Theater manager of community engagement and partnerships. “The
response was incredibly positive.”

At the events, audience members snack on food truck offerings and sip cock-
tails or beer from Revolution Brewing.

A signature cocktail pairs with each of the four events, mirroring the evening’s
theme. “Food and drink is part of the experience,” McNamara says.

After performing on stage, the artists mingle with the crowd, adding to the informal vibe. “The atmosphere is really fun and light and not necessarily what [you] think about when coming to a performing arts center,”
McNamara says. “Everyone’s kind of mingling and hanging out.”

Though the crowd skews toward the younger side, older patrons also frequent the events, which fall outside of the traditional chamber music and ballet experience. 

“They’re kind of taking a leap with us and maybe seeing something they wouldn’t otherwise,” McNamara says.

The event regularly attracts 700–800 attendees to the Harris Theater, filling its main floor with new audience members and longtime subscribers alike.

Subscriptions cost $7.50 per performance or $30 for all four.

Mix at Six kicks off its 2017 season on October 23 with hip-hop group Rennie
Harris Puremovement. It continues with jazz group The Hot Sardines on November 8 and Harris Theater resident choreographer Brian Brooks on January 12. The series will conclude on March 21 with Trumpeter Christian Scott a Tunde Adjuah.

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