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MIM Music Theater

ACOUSTICALLY SUPERB! Immerse yourself in the sounds of the world in the state-of-the-art MIM Music Theater. Offering spacious seating and exceptional acoustics, the intimate 300-seat theater showcases an inspiring array of live concerts by major artists from around the globe. MIM also offers workshops, films, lectures, and interactive performances that draw guests deeper into global musical traditions and trends.

Upcoming Shows for MIM Music Theater

  • Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    Monty Alexander

    Fifty-five years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, pianist Monty Alexander has become an American classic. He tours the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited conception is one informed by the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition, as Alexander accurately states, “to build up the heat and kick up a storm.” During any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression—the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso, and reggae.

  • Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

    Ruaile Buaile

    From a small start on the world stage in only a few short years, Ruaile Buaile is set to become a household name on the festival scene around the world. With their own style of high-energy, ground-thumping Celtic beats and a little Irish charm and flare, these four young award-winning musicians are setting the pace for some of the better-known established acts to follow.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

    Maceo Parker

    It is common knowledge that Maceo Parker has played with every leader of funk music. His start with James Brown was “like being at university,” Parker described. He then jumped aboard the mothership with George Clinton and most recently toured with Prince. He is the living, breathing pulse that connects the history of funk in one golden thread, the cipher that unravels dance music down to its core. Early and Late Show!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

    The Fixx (Night 1-SOLD OUT)

    The Fixx has been often heralded as one of the most innovative bands to come out of the MTV era. The style and substance of the band have always created a special connection with its audience. The Fixx’s themes are often complex, introspective, and thought-provoking, but the band also has mass appeal with three number 1 hits, five in the Top 5, a dozen reaching the Top 10, and millions of albums sold worldwide.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

    The Fixx (Night 2)

    The Fixx has been often heralded as one of the most innovative bands to come out of the MTV era. The style and substance of the band have always created a special connection with its audience. The Fixx’s themes are often complex, introspective, and thought-provoking, but the band also has mass appeal with three number 1 hits, five in the Top 5, a dozen reaching the Top 10, and millions of albums sold worldwide.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

    Ottmar Liebert [Night 1]

    After forming the highly praised flamenco band Luna Negra in 1989, Ottmar Liebert has become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past couple of decades. He has performed with Carlos Santana, opened for Miles Davis, released a catalog of classic recordings, and thrilled audiences throughout the world. Since 1990, Liebert has released a total of twenty-five albums, including live performances, fifteen CDs of original music, holiday collections, and various remixes. He has received thirty-eight gold and platinum certifications in the United States as well as other certifications in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His debut album sold double-platinum and has become one of the best-selling guitar albums of all time.

    Liebert and his band will be performing well-known favorites as well as songs from their newest album, Waiting n Swan, featuring music by Bob Marley.

  • Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

    Ottmar Liebert [Night 2]

    After forming the highly praised flamenco band Luna Negra in 1989, Ottmar Liebert has become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past couple of decades. He has performed with Carlos Santana, opened for Miles Davis, released a catalog of classic recordings, and thrilled audiences throughout the world. Since 1990, Liebert has released a total of twenty-five albums, including live performances, fifteen CDs of original music, holiday collections, and various remixes. He has received thirty-eight gold and platinum certifications in the United States as well as other certifications in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His debut album sold double-platinum and has become one of the best-selling guitar albums of all time.

    Liebert and his band will be performing well-known favorites as well as songs from their newest album, Waiting n Swan, featuring music by Bob Marley. Early and Late show!

  • Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

    Radney Foster

    Legendary singer-songwriter Radney Foster, who recorded a string of country hits in the early 1990s, brings his acoustic show to MIM. Foster was born in Del Rio, Texas, and took up the guitar at age twelve. He began performing small-club gigs while attending the University of the South, a liberal arts college in Sewanee, Tennessee, and took leave from school to try his luck in Nashville.

    Foster has had thirteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Top Ten hits “Just Call Me Lonesome” (1992) and “Nobody Wins” (1993). His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, the Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban, and Jack Ingram.

  • Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

    David Cook

    Much has happened since David Cook won the seventh season of American Idol in 2008 and subsequently made chart history with a record-breaking fourteen debuts on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart.

    These days the talented rocker with the fiery vocals and searing songwriting skills has entered an exciting new chapter in his career marked by a newfound creative freedom and the maturity that comes with having a lot of life thrown at you. In the wake of his American Idol success, Cook endured an emotional roller coaster marked by career highs mixed with the devastating personal tragedy of losing his beloved brother Adam to brain cancer. Cook toured relentlessly and released his second RCA Records album, This Loud Morning, but when the dust settled, he found himself craving a major change. He discovered what he was looking for in Nashville’s songwriting community and relocated to Music City in June 2012.

    The result is an impressive new collection of tunes teeming with a restless creative spirit yet anchored by an emotional gravitas that is compelling.

  • Sunday, Sep. 03, 2017

    Ana Popovic

    With the help of her powerful band, Ana Popovic has tirelessly toured around the globe, playing major blues, jazz, and rock festivals. She has shared headlining stages with B. B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., and many others. Popovic has been nominated for five Blues Music Awards and appeared on the cover of Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar Magazine.

    Popovic is back on the road promoting her new triple album, Trilogy. Her most ambitious project yet, Trilogy is three albums in one, with twenty-three funk, rock/blues, and jazz tunes.

  • Monday, Sep. 04, 2017

    Carbon Leaf

    With sixteen albums and over 2,300 live shows spanning a twenty-four-year career, Carbon Leaf continues to create the music and the spirit that resonate with its fans into 2017. Blending folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana, and rock traditions into what the group calls Ether-Electrified Porch Music, the Virginia quintet’s songs of love, life, heartbreak, and landscape are independently written, recorded, and produced from their home studio in Richmond. The band’s music incorporates acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, cello, banjo, penny whistle, pedal steel, accordion, and vocal harmony.

  • Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

    Kaki King + Derek Gripper

    Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. Over the past ten years, the Brooklyn-based artist has released six extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums and performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and the Mountain Goats.

    Derek Gripper began his formal musical training on the violin at the age of six. After studying classical music for the next thirteen years, he began to look further afield for musical inspiration. His longtime fascination with the music of Brazilian Egberto Gismonti led to a project to transcribe this musician’s guitar music, a composer that Gripper describes as “the Heitor Villa Lobos of our time.” The Sound of Water, Gripper’s recording of the music of Egberto Gismonti, was nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA) as the Best Classical and Instrumental Album of 2012.

  • Saturday, Sep. 09, 2017

    Eliane Elias

    Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and pianist Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style, which blends her Brazilian roots and sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical, and compositional skills.

    As a Grammy Award winner, four-time Gold Disc Award recipient, and three-time winner of Best Vocal Album in Japan, Elias has taken her place in the pantheon of music giants. Two years after seducing fans with her Grammy-winning 'Made in Brazil' (Best Latin Jazz Album), Elias returns with the ebullient 'Dance of Time'. Early and Late Show!

  • Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017

    Southern Avenue

    Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, a neighborhood that was the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city’s soul, blues, and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. “If Memphis music is a genre, this is it!” proclaims American Blues Scene magazine. The radio program Memphis Made on Rock 103 FM calls Southern Avenue, “one of the most talked about bands in Memphis.” The group’s self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air, with its own unique blend of gospel-tinged R&B vocals, roots- and blues-based guitar work, and soul-inspired songwriting. And its upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo’s talent and vision.

  • Sunday, Sep. 17, 2017

    GoGo Penguin

    Hailing from Manchester in the United Kingdom, acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin consists of pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner. Drawing on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack, and Aphex Twin to Manchester’s gray rain-streaked urban streets, they create a brave new sound that is wholly their own.

    Defined by skittering breakbeats, powerful sub-bass, telepathic interplay, and a penchant for anthemic melody, they create an emotionally rich palate for the listener that has seen them hailed as the most exciting new band to emerge from the UK in years.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017

    Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna

    Accordion-wielding Pascuala Ilabaca is a favorite on the new scene of young Chilean singer-songwriters. Her music is rooted in traditional sounds, informed by a colorful childhood moving from Barcelona to Chile, Mexico to India, and back again. Taking cues from Violeta Parra and Janis Joplin, Ilabaca exudes a unique stage presence that conjures up both sweetness and empowerment, with song lyrics focused on distinctly positive messages of feminism, anti-violence, and cultural heritage.

  • Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017

    Leyla McCalla

    Born in New York City to Haitian immigrant parents and raised in suburban New Jersey (with a couple of teenage years spent in Accra, Ghana), Leyla McCalla experienced a renewed sense of connection with her Haitian heritage after moving to New Orleans, in 2010.

    Her debut album was named 2013’s Album of the Year by the Sunday Times of London and Songlines magazine, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes made a profound impression upon all who heard it. Her second album, A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey, was released in the spring of 2016. Named after the Haitian proverb, the album continued to explore the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that marked her debut album.

  • Sunday, Oct. 08, 2017

    Loudon Wainwright III

    Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when his novelty song “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University but dropped out in 1967 to partake in the Summer of Love in San Francisco. He wrote his first song, “Edgar,” in 1968 about a lobsterman in Rhode Island. He was soon signed to Atlantic Records by producer Nesuhi Ertegun and then was lured by Clive Davis to Columbia Records, which released “Dead Skunk.” Wainwright’s songs have since been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, his son Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. In 2011, the songs were commemorated in a comprehensive five-disc retrospective, 40 Odd Years.

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