What better way to start the holiday season than by watching live performances from your favorite bands? It seems like Mix 106.5 had the right idea hosting their “4th Annual Very Merry Mixer” on Friday December 9, 2011, at the Campbell Community Center.
Guests and Mix 106.5 VIP members were treated to a meet-and-greet with, and performances by the groups “The Cab,” “Parachute,” and by singer Rachel Platten. At arrival, VIP members had the opportunity to meet members from the band “Parachute” and have their photo taken with them. Once they got their fill chatting it up with one of their favorite bands, guests enjoyed sumptuous hor’dourves from Maggiano’s along with refreshments and spirits.
The first band to take the stage was “The Cab.” Alexander DeLeon (lead vocals) and Alex Marshall (piano) were both personable and entertaining. Alex D. was charismatic, as he interacted with the audience, cracking jokes, and even sharing his annectode of once being approached by a “goth girl” who asked him if she could kiss him…in an attempt to suck up all his talent, as he wearily explained. Once their set was over, they headed out to the lobby where they signed autographs and took photos with adoring, and sometimes screaming-with-excitement, female fans.
The next performer was singer Rachel Platten. Although her music is not mainstream, her vocal and piano-playing skills rocked the stage. And alongside her musical talent, what really shined through was her extremely upbeat, positive personality, which easily reflects the type of music she plays. All her songs are upbeat and, in essence, happy-go-lucky, and her smile is as bright as her lively character. During her performance she also chatted with the audience and made them feel the holiday spirit. Upon the conclusion of her set, she too headed out to the lobby to sign copies of her cd “Be Here,” and take photos with fans.
Last but certainly not least, the band “Parachute” took the stage. Band members Will Anderson (lead vocals, guitar) and Johnny Stubblefield (drums), were enthusiastically welcomed by a screaming female audience. In accordance with the previous two acts, Will and Johnny were also quite personable. Will even had the entire audience stand up on their feet so they could join in on a song. Each section of the theater was to sing one verse in a different pitch—easier said than done—but the audience got a kick out of singing g with one of their favorite musical acts. “Parachute’s “ performance ended with Will singing without a microphone and only accompanied by his raw vocals and guitar; a unique end to a rockin’ evening of music and merriment.
Christina Perri, who was the headliner of the show, unfortunately could not attend due to illness. However, all three acts more than made up for her absence…and then some. Christina plans to perform for Mix 106.5 listeners on a later date.
The 4th installment of Mix 106.5s “Very Merry Mixxer” surely put everyone in attendance in a very Merry mood, indeed. Make sure to visit Mix 106.5 for upcoming events, and don’t miss out on next year’s mixer.
Happy Holidays to all!
A special “Thank you” goes to Mix 106.5s Marketing Director John Bowman and Web Creative Services Coordinator Erik Johnson for the accommodations.