Outdoor music festival, MIMFest, set for Nov. 7-8


Victor Wooten. (Photo by MIM)

Following the success of MIMFest in 2014, the Musical Instrument Museum’s inaugural music festival, the two-day outdoor event returns to the museum parking lot on Nov. 7 and 8.

Local, national and international musical acts will perform on three stages offering attendees a one-of-a-kind musical journey.

MIMFest is inspired by MIM’s commitment to celebrating musical traditions of the world. Set against the backdrop of the Arizona desert, the festival showcases more than 20 performing groups as well as 12 food trucks serving global fare. It will be a weekend of incomparable entertainment, culture and cuisine, according to a press release.

Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (Photo by MIM)

Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (Photo by MIM)

The full lineup and schedule of performers will be announced in the coming weeks, stated the release. Confirmed performers include:

  • Ozomatli (Los Angeles-based group performing Latin/funk/hip-hop and everything in between)
  • The Recycled Orchestra (Paraguayan youth playing instruments made from trash and celebrated in the new documentary film, Landfill Harmonic)
  • Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (internationally acclaimed West African band)
  • TriBeCaStan (New York-based band offering global/tribal jazz funk)
  • Quetzal (Grammy-winning Chicano rock from East Los Angeles)
  • Jaron Freeman-Fox (wildly entertaining Canadian band fusing Celtic, bluegrass, jazz and world music)
  • Victor Wooten (Grammy-winning bass virtuoso)
  • Martha Redbone (blues, soul and Americana)
  • The Jones Family Singers (Texas R&B/gospel powerhouse)
  • Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra (Valley musicians playing Afrobeat)
  • Run Boy Run (nationally rising, progressive bluegrass band from Tucson)
  • The Sugar Thieves (Phoenix-based blues, roots and Americana band)

In addition to performances on the three stages, (two outdoor and the MIM Music Theater, there will be a variety of local musicians, dancers and artists to enhance the experience, including a samba group, aerialists, a Dixieland band and participatory rangoli art, according to the release.

Guests of all ages will also enjoy complimentary face painting, henna art, acoustic instrument demonstrations and craft activities.

Tickets to MIMFest are available to “Circle of Friends” members beginning Sept. 1 at 12 p.m. and to the public beginning Sept. 3 at 10 a.m., the release stated.

Tickets can be purchased online at MIM.org, via phone at 480-478-6000 or on-site at MIM’s Guest Service desk. Tickets will also be available at the festival on a first-come, first-served basis.

MIM’s galleries will be open during the festival; however, MIMFest tickets do not include museum admission, stated the release.

MIMFest Admission Prices per day are as follows:

  • Adult (ages 20+)               $35
  • Teen (ages 13-19)           $20
  • Child (ages 4-12)             $15
  • Child (ages 3 & under)   Free with ticket-holding adult

MIMFest Hours:

  • Saturday, Nov. 7 | 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 8 | 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit MIM.org or call 480-478-6000.

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