Andrew Celani --

Then known as Mix 98.5, MixFest 2007 took place on Saturday, September 29th on Boston University’s beautiful campus at the Agganis Arena. 2007 was the second straight year that MixFest was held at Agganis.

MixFest 2007 Promo

The main storyline behind MixFest 2007 was the reunion of Matchbox Twenty, who had been on hiatus since 2004. Rob Thomas & Co. played all the hits from their mega-successful debut album Yourself Or Someone Like You, and more recent ones such as “Bright Lights” and others. They didn’t skip a beat, even though it was the first time that they had played together live in years…and it was right here in Boston at MixFest!

Mix Music Director Mike Mullaney reminisces on Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20 playing MixFest ’07

Also, MixFest ’07 celebrated the coming of Daughtry, who in the previous year garnered nationwide attention as a contestant on American Idol. Mullaney shared with me a story about how Daughtry was so excited to meet his idol Rob Thomas at MixFest 2007. Daughtry was pacing back and forth outside Matchbox Twenty’s dressing room, waiting for the right opportunity to finally say hello to Thomas.

Daughtry’s ’07 MixFest performance set the stage for a long-lasting relationship with the city and Mix. Daughtry has since become a frequent act at Boston-area venues and Mix shows, including the most recent Spring Fling and even a Mix Lounge.

Daughtry at MixFest 2007, “It’s Not Over”

Also on hand for MixFest 2007 was Colbie Caillat, Blue October and Mat Kearney. Caillat’s debut album Coco was released 2 months prior to MixFest ’07, and featured the lead singles “Bubbly” and “Realize.” Coco would go on to be certified 2x Platinum and helped catapult the acoustic songstress into superstardom.

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Blue October was the opening act for MixFest 2007, playing at 7pm for the thousands in attendance, and the hundreds still piling in the arena. Although their set was brief (only 5 songs), they laid the groundwork for the rest of the night energy-wise, bringing an infusion of passion with their post-grunge, alt-rock style.

Since ’07, Mat Kearney (like Daughtry) has become somewhat of a veteran here at Mix, having played numerous Mix Lounge performances. You can read a review of Mat’s Mix Lounge performance in May 2012 right here.

Question For You: With MixFest 2013 right around the corner, what act are you most looking forward to?

Andrew Celani —



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