Musical Instrument Museum slates upcoming February events

The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd in Phoenix, has numerous events happening during the month of February.

Tickets/Info (unless otherwise specified) can be found online at or by calling 480-478-6000.

Special Exhibition: Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker

  • Jan. 16-June 5
  • Tickets: $7 with museum admission | $10 for exhibition only
  • This special exhibition will introduce the story of how early violin makers from the modest Italian city of Cremona shaped music from the 16th century onward. Visitors will have the opportunity to see treasures from Andrea Amati, Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù” and, the master himself, Antonio Stradivari.
John Hammond (photo by MIM)

John Hammond (photo by MIM)

Concert: John Hammond

  • 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2
  • Tickets: $33.50 – $38.50
  • Grammy-winner John Hammond’s sound is “compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it.” –Tom Waits
Caravan of Thieves (photo by MIM)

Caravan of Thieves (photo by MIM)

Concert: Caravan of Thieves

  • 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4
  • Tickets: $28.50 – $35.50
  • Driving gypsy-jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories.
Muriel Anderson (photo by MIM)

Muriel Anderson (photo by MIM)

Concert: Muriel Anderson, DeDe Wyland and the Sonoran Dogs

  • 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5
  • Tickets: $33.50 – $38.50
  • One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship.
Pavlo (photo by MIM)

Pavlo (photo by MIM)

Concert: Pavlo

  • 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6
  • Tickets: $28.50 – $33.50
  • Canadian-born of Greek parentage, Pavlo incorporates the world’s most exotic instruments into his classic Mediterranean sound. He combines elements of flamenco, classical and Latin music, accentuated by the presence of the Greek bouzouki.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (photo by MIM)

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (photo by MIM)

Concert: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

  • 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6
  • Tickets: $40.50 – $48.50
  • This group’s distinctive sound breathes new life into the Cajun and zydeco genres.
Charles Lloyd (photo by MIM)

Charles Lloyd (photo by MIM)

Concert: Charles Lloyd and Friends featuring Bill Frisell, Eric Harland and Reuben Rogers

  • 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8
  • Tickets: $48.50 – $73.50
  • The tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd brings together a fellowship of his favorite musical partners, including guitar luminary Bill Frisell, drummer Eric Harland and bassist Reuben Rodgers.
International Guitar Night (photo by MIM)

International Guitar Night (photo by MIM)

Concert: International Guitar Night

  • 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9
  • Tickets: $40.50 – $48.50
  • Featuring International Guitar Night founder Brian Gore, gypsy-jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, contemporary fingerstyle innovator Mikes Dawes and multi-genre showman Andre Krengel.
NP Quartet (photo by MIM)

Nicole Pesce Quartet (photo by MIM)

Concert: Nicole Pesce Quartet (I Am AZ Music)

  • 7 p.m.m on Tuesday, Feb. 10
  • Tickets: $25.50 – $33.50
  • Pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger Nicole Pesce entertains audiences with her unique blend of virtuosity, humor and pizzazz.
Kruger Brothers (photo by MIM)

Kruger Brothers (photo by MIM)

Concert: Kruger Brothers in Concert

  • 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.m on Saturday, Feb. 13
  • Tickets: $43.50 – $53.50
  • The three versatile Kruger Brothers infuse classical, country, bluegrass and folk to create their highly progressive sound.
Stephane Wrembel (photo by MIM)

Stephane Wrembel (photo by MIM)

Concert: Stephane Wrembel

  • 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14
  • Tickets: $33.50 – $38.50
  • This gypsy-jazz guitarist studied classical music and contemporary jazz before discovering the music of Django Reinhardt.
Rickie Lee Jones (photo by MIM)

Rickie Lee Jones (photo by MIM)

Concert: An Intimate Evening with Rickie Lee Jones

  • 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17
  • Tickets: $48.50 – $58.50
  • Since bursting onto the pop scene in 1979, Rickie Lee Jones has made “some of the most poignant and adventurous music the radio’s ever played.” -NPR
Calidore String Quartet (photo by MIM)

Calidore String Quartet (photo by MIM)

Concert: Calidore String Quartet

  • 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18
  • Tickets: $51.50 – $61.50
  • In what promises to be a rich chamber music experience, the quartet’s program will feature the lustrous works of French composers including Hyacinthe Jadin and Claude Debussy.

Concert: Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

  • 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19
  • Tickets: $38.50 – $43.50
  • A stunning 11-piece band performing innovative, astonishing salsa with a new, vibrant aesthetic.
Aaron Goldberg Trio (photo by  MIM)

Aaron Goldberg Trio (photo by MIM)

Concert: Aaron Goldberg Trio

  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
  • Tickets: $25.50 – $31.50
  • In every idiomatic zone from Brazilian ballads to roaring bebop, the Aaron Goldberg Trio has a way of spontaneously sculpting every bar as it flows by, like a wave on a river.
Masters of Hawaiian Music (photo by MIM)

Masters of Hawaiian Music (photo by MIM)

Concert: Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr., Led Kaapana & Jeff Peterson

  • 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
  • Tickets: $38.50 – $48.50
  • This show, based on the weekly Grammy-winning concert series, spotlights the slack-key guitar style and the island’s famous musical traditions.
Aoife O'Donovan (photo by MIM)

Aoife O’Donovan (photo by MIM)

Concert: Aoife O’Donovan

  • 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22
  • Tickets: $32.50 – $39.50
  • Aoife O’Donovan’s sophomore album, In the Magic Hour, is full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy sounds, splashing cymbals, airy harmonicas and the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar.
Kurt Elling (photo by MIM)

Kurt Elling (photo by MIM)

Concert: Kurt Elling “Passion World”

  • 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24
  • Tickets: $40.50 – $45.50
  • Drawing on material from multiple countries, this Grammy-winning jazz vocalist creates an emotionally charged mosaic, one that amplifies a profound array of universal experiences.

Event: Celebrating Stradivarius Benefit Luncheon

  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25
  • Tickets: $200 for individuals
  • Join us at MIM’s third annual benefit luncheon and experience the beauty of Italy through food, décor, and live music. Guests will mix and mingle at a prosecco and wine reception with a silent auction and a viewing of MIM’s newest special exhibition, Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker. All proceeds benefit MIM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Regina Carter (photo by MIM)

Regina Carter (photo by MIM)

Concert: Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort

  • 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25
  • Tickets: $43.50 – $48.50
  • MacArthur Fellow and violin virtuoso Regina Carter explores her father’s Alabama roots through the folk tunes he would have listened to.
Bill Frisell (photo by MIM)

Bill Frisell (photo by MIM)

Concert: Bill Frisell: “When You Wish Upon A Star”

  • 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.m on Saturday, Feb. 27
  • Tickets: $33.50 – $53.50
  • The legendary guitarist draws upon the sentimentality of music in classic film and television to reveal how it shapes our emotional relationships to what we see.
Leo Kottke (photo by MIM)

Leo Kottke (photo by MIM)

Concert: Leo Kottke

  • 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28
  • 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29
  • Tickets: $45.50 – $50.50
  • “Leo Kottke’s forms are innovative and very modern– clever, complicated re-imaginings of American folk styles.” –New York Times

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