Header photos: Troy Montes (@troyezeq)

Few Houston events combined Houston talent and philanthropy as well as Dinero’s Productions did with the Give Back to the City Mixer.

Ever gone to an event to benefit Houston that featured musical talent and wondered where all the Houston-based artists were? It seems a little backwards, no? Well, Saturday, Samuel Thompson, more widely known simply as “Samo,” presented us with a deviation from the norm Thursday night at Notsuoh: the Give Back to the City Mixer.

The event's host, Samo Dinero. (Photo: Troy Montes @troyezeq)

The event’s organizer, Samo Dinero. (Photo: Troy Montes @troyezeq)

Guests were invited to bring gently-used sneakers and clothes to be donated to those in need, and, in exchange, received a night of entertainment and culture from the featured performers – Erva Carter (IG:@ervacarter), Mickey Woods, Jr. (IG:@Mickeywoodsjr), The Aspiring Me (IG:@theaspiringme), Gen (IG:@dontaskgen), and Izzar Thomas (IG:@izzarthomas), and DJ sets by Morgan Morgan (IG:@MxrganxMxrgan) and 9th Sage (IG: 9th Sage). The event was emceed by Pennie Anassi (IG:@Penniepeace) and Kay Illah (IG:@the_kay_illah) served as the host DJ. Tim Woods (IG: @therealtimwoods) also made an appearance

with Izzar Thomas to perform a song Thomas produced and is featured on called, “Plug.”

The night also featured fashion from local entrepreneurs Dinero’s ClosetMAW Supply, Lost Pieces Voutique, and live Art by Free Mindz.

It was refreshing to see how many people came out and donated numerous bags of items and supported local artists and vendors. Easily the most exciting event on Main Street that night, the Give Back to the City Mixer showed Houston that the up-and-coming generation is not only talented, but also generous and ready to improve the conditions in the city they love.