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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

  • Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017

    Cherish the Ladies

    Cherish the Ladies, the GRAMMY-nominated, enduring, Irish American supergroup makes its debut at the MIM Music Theater. The band formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world and played the White House and the Olympics. The group has recorded sixteen outstanding albums, including An Irish Homecoming, a live recording of its Emmy-winning public television special that aired across the United States and Ireland.

  • Sunday, Apr. 30, 2017

    Rhiannon Giddens – The Freedom Highway Tour

    New early show added! Rhiannon Giddens is a founding member of the GRAMMY-winning band Carolina Chocolate Drops. She is an American original who has emerged as a rising star and an electrifying performer with an unforgettable voice who culls the music of our collective past—gospel, jazz, blues, and country. She is also a multi-instrumentalist who, in 2016, became the first woman and nonwhite musician to win the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. More recently, Giddens was added to the hit series Nashville, the popular television drama set in the country music industry.

  • Monday, May. 01, 2017

    Lizz Wright

    Lizz Wright has been charming music fans worldwide ever since she appeared on the late pianist and composer Joe Sample’s 2002 disc, The Pecan Tree (Verve). The following year, she gained even wider recognition for her critically acclaimed debut record, Salt (Verve). Produced by the legendary Tommy LiPuma—best known for his award-winning work with George Benson, Diana Krall, and Natalie Cole—the album helped introduce one of the most captivating female vocalists of her generation as it raced to number two on Billboard’s “Top Contemporary Jazz” chart.

  • Tuesday, May. 02, 2017

    Zakir Hussain with Rahul Sharma

    Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. As a classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity founded in formidable knowledge and study. The favorite accompanist for many of India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers, he has not let his genius rest there.

    Rahul Sharma is a master of the 100-stringed Kashmiri santoor, which is a similar instrument to the hammered dulcimer. Sharma is the son of well-known Indian artist Shivkumar Sharma, and both father and son are renowned for their skill on this instrument. They have transformed it from a Kashmiri folk object to a respected instrument in Indian classical circles. Rahul has released more than sixty live and studio albums; one of his milestone recordings is Music of the Himalayas, which was recorded for Peter Gabriel’s label called Real World Records. In 2011, Rahul released one of India’s best-selling albums called Namaste India, with GRAMMY winner and renowned saxophonist Kenny G.

  • Thursday, May. 04, 2017

    Evan Shinners

    American musician Evan Shinners travels the world performing Bach and his music from pool halls to Carnegie Hall. He has delighted audiences with his stories, songs, and unique renditions of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

    A 2010 Juilliard School graduate, Shinners has been featured on NBC and National Public Radio performing an all-electric Bach Show at Webster Hall in New York City. In December 2012, he was invited to the White House, playing Bach in front of nineteen thousand people including the First Family (Obamas), for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

  • Sunday, May. 07, 2017

    Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians’ Spring Concert

    Hear the stars of tomorrow . . . today! Experience some of Arizona’s top young classical-music talent, identified through Arizona Musicfest’s highly regarded juried competitions. This concert allows young musicians to hone their performance skills, while providing audiences with a special opportunity to experience virtuosity from the start.

  • Sunday, May. 07, 2017

    Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro

    Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro are pure joy. Cohen has always felt a deep connection to the musical traditions of Brazil—an influence readily apparent in her compositions. Following the release of a second recording, Cohen and Trio Brasileiro are touring the world performing music that celebrates the rich and varied culture of Brazil blended with her ebullient brand of jazz.

  • Monday, May. 08, 2017

    Tift Merritt

    Tift Merritt is a singer-songwriter whose literate songs are grounded in country, pop, and Americana. She is among America’s most distinctive and individual songwriters.

  • Wednesday, May. 10, 2017

    Marcia Ball

    The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist-vocalist-songwriter, Marcia Ball, is famed worldwide for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm-and-blues party every time she strolls on stage. Ball’s groove-laden New Orleans boogie and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. On her newest album, the GRAMMY-nominated Roadside Attractions (her fifteenth solo recording), Ball’s songwriting is at the forefront, with topics ranging from tales of wild parties to declarations of the enduring power of love and family.

  • Friday, May. 12, 2017

    John Pizzarelli Trio

    John Pizzarelli has had a multifaceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist, bandleader, and radio personality. Internationally known for classic standards, late-night ballads, and the cool jazz flavor he brings to performances and recordings, Pizzarelli is a technically proficient fretman with a soft voice, a charming stage presence, and a knack for up-tempo swing. The son of journeyman swing guitarist Buck Pizzarelli, John began performing with his father at age twenty and made his recording debut with the 1983 release, I’m Hip—Please Don’t Tell My Father. There is a 7 PM and a 9 PM performance.

  • Wednesday, May. 17, 2017

    René Marie

    Jazz vocalist René Marie combines an incredible voice with fiery independence and originality, bucking trends with her unabashed spirit. In a span of two decades, eleven recordings, and countless stage performances, she has cemented her reputation not only as a singer but also as a composer, arranger, theatrical performer, and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B, and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It is an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.

  • Friday, May. 19, 2017

    Trace Bundy

    Internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy returns to the MIM Music Theater to share his musical artistry with audiences. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed “Acoustic Ninja” play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.

  • Sunday, May. 21, 2017

    The Sweet Remains

    The Sweet Remains is made up of three gifted and charismatic singer-songwriters, each of whom contributes to the writing and three-part harmonies that define the band’s sound.

    Driven by strong lyrical and melodic writing, their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers such as Jason Mraz, Ray LaMontagne, and John Mayer. However, it is their lush harmonies that distinguish them from the throngs of guitar-toting troubadours and harken back to supergroups of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Eagles; and Simon and Garfunkel.

  • Tuesday, May. 23, 2017

    An Evening with Acoustic Hot Tuna (Night 1)

    From their days of playing together as teenagers, through their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their Jefferson Airplane band, to their current acoustic and electric blues, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna, have forged a legendary place in popular American music. From tunes by the Reverend Gary Davis to versions of Jefferson Airplane hits, the music reflects their current loves: Americana, folk, and blues. And musical craftsmanship is always at the core of every Hot Tuna show.

  • Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

    An Evening with Acoustic Hot Tuna (Night 2)

    From their days of playing together as teenagers, through their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their Jefferson Airplane band, to their current acoustic and electric blues, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna, have forged a legendary place in popular American music. From tunes by the Reverend Gary Davis to versions of Jefferson Airplane hits, the music reflects their current loves: Americana, folk, and blues. And musical craftsmanship is always at the core of every Hot Tuna show.

  • Thursday, May. 25, 2017

    Lisa Fischer

    Lisa Fischer is stepping into the spotlight at last. After four decades of singing background for icons such as the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and Nine Inch Nails, Fischer is finally performing her own mesmerizing shows, accompanied by her inventive new band Grand Baton.

  • Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

    Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen

    A pioneer of the “country rock” genre, Chris Hillman has carved a permanent niche in the history of contemporary American music through his work with such notable bands as the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and the Desert Rose Band. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hillman was an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner, a four-time GRAMMY nominee, and recipient of numerous awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

    Herb Pedersen is a legendary vocalist and all-star multi-instrumentalist who, for over the past forty years, fronted his own band, the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. Pederson was also the number-one session singer and instrumentalist in the Los Angeles area for decades and has been a collaborator with the who’s who of music legends, including Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, the Dillards, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Jackson Browne, John Denver, and the Desert Rose Band.

  • Saturday, Jun. 03, 2017

    Morgan James

    One voice is all it takes. The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era altogether. A microphone and a stage remain the only necessities. That holds true for New York–based soul singer, songwriter, and Broadway chanteuse Morgan James.

  • Sunday, Jun. 04, 2017

    Hot Club of Cowtown

    Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown has seen its star continue to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows became its global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” by the Times of London, the band has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away,” according to the Independent.

  • Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

    Jackie Greene [Night 1]

    Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill, and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Jackie Greene has carved out a unique musical niche. In 2013, he joined the reunited Black Crowes as lead guitarist on their worldwide tour, and the following year he released the self-titled debut album of the rock group Trigger Hippy, of which he is a member, along with Joan Osborne and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. Greene continues to be a frequent member of the Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s touring ensemble Phil Lesh and Friends, for which he has contributed lead guitar and vocals since 2007. Greene also toured as part of WRG, an acoustic trio with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson, and he performed with Levon Helm as part of Helm’s fabled Midnight Ramble shows.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2017

    Jackie Greene [Night 2]

    Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill, and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Jackie Greene has carved out a unique musical niche. In 2013, he joined the reunited Black Crowes as lead guitarist on their worldwide tour, and the following year he released the self-titled debut album of the rock group Trigger Hippy, of which he is a member, along with Joan Osborne and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. Greene continues to be a frequent member of the Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s touring ensemble Phil Lesh and Friends, for which he has contributed lead guitar and vocals since 2007. Greene also toured as part of WRG, an acoustic trio with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson, and he performed with Levon Helm as part of Helm’s fabled Midnight Ramble shows.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2017

    The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor

    The GRAMMY-winning O’Connor Band, featuring iconic fiddler and composer Mark O’Connor, puts on an engaging, dynamic show showcasing compelling arrangements, virtuosic solos, and tight vocal harmonies. Their debut album, Coming Home, reached number one on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart in 2016 and won Best Bluegrass Album at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2017. In addition to Mark, the band features Maggie O’Connor (fiddle/vocals), Forrest O’Connor (mandolin/guitar/vocals), and Kate Lee (fiddle/vocals) as well as Joe Smart (guitar) and Geoff Saunders (bass/banjo).

    With opening act: Front Country.

  • Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

    Chris Potter Quartet

    A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, GRAMMY Award–nominated saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. His music showcases limitless creativity and a vibrant sense of swing, prompting critics, musicians, and fans alike to cite him as the one of the finest saxophonists today.

  • Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

    Plena Libre

    Plena Libre is a fine-tuned twelve-piece Puerto Rican‒based ensemble of virtuoso musicians that infuses contemporary Caribbean compositions with a deep sense of traditional Puerto Rican plena and bomba.

  • Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017

    Candy Dulfer

    Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer is known around the world for her powerful, high-energy concerts. She has collaborated with top artists, performed with her own band across the world in sold-out clubs and on the largest festival stages, and received a GRAMMY Award nomination for her debut album Saxuality. She has also sold over 2.5 million albums worldwide and has had several number-one hits in the United States.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017

    Sarah Jarosz

    Texas-born Sarah Jarosz has earned her credibility in the world where contemporary folk, Americana, and roots music intersect. Her reputation is built on three fronts: she is a gifted multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo), an expressive and distinctive vocalist, and an accomplished songwriter. A frequent guest on the radio program A Prairie Home Companion, Jarosz has also appeared on several television shows, such as Austin City Limits, the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions, Conan, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In 2017, she won two GRAMMY Awards for Best Folk Album and for Best American Roots Performance.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017

    Sarah Jarosz [Night 2]

    Texas-born Sarah Jarosz has earned her credibility in the world where contemporary folk, Americana, and roots music intersect. Her reputation is built on three fronts: she is a gifted multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo), an expressive and distinctive vocalist, and an accomplished songwriter. A frequent guest on the radio program A Prairie Home Companion, Jarosz has also appeared on several television shows, such as Austin City Limits, the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions, Conan, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In 2017, she won two GRAMMY Awards for Best Folk Album and for Best American Roots Performance.

  • Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

    BoDeans

    Those who have followed the remarkable thirty-year musical career of the BoDeans know that their blend of compelling songs and high-energy performances have retained an unpretentious loyal rock-and-roll following like no other. Best known for their catchy single, “Closer to Free,” the band’s accessible adult alternative sound has led to many a milestone, including a Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll recognition as Best New American Band in 1987 and support slots with U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, the Pretenders, David Bowie, and numerous others.

  • Saturday, Jun. 17, 2017

    Dr. Lonnie Smith

    Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer, and recording artist. With a career spanning over five decades, Smith stands as the preeminent Hammond B-3 organist in jazz today. He has been featured on over seventy albums and has recorded and performed with a virtual who’s who of the greatest jazz, blues, and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “legend,” as a “living musical icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. In April 2017, he will receive the nation’s highest honor when he is named an NEA Jazz Master.

  • Sunday, Jun. 18, 2017

    An Evening with Diane Schuur “American Songbook” with Special Guest Ernie Watts

    Diane Schuur is both brilliant and eclectic. Blind from birth, she was gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself to play the piano by ear. With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two GRAMMY Awards as well as three additional GRAMMY nominations, Schuur has explored almost every corner of the twentieth-century musical landscape.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017

    Django Festival All-Stars

    Traveling the world with their unique, high-energy performances, the Django Festival All-Stars pay tribute to the style of Django Reinhardt, one of the greatest guitar players of all time and the first European jazz musician to make major contributions to the development of the guitar genre. His driving, swinging style became known as “hot jazz” and it continues to grow in popularity globally. The Django Festival All-Stars honor the best energetic traditions of this French gypsy jazz but add their own creative interpretations, arrangements, and original compositions, all with the stunning virtuosity typical of these highly regarded players.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2017

    Mariachi Flor de Toloache

    Over the course of the last few years, Mariachi Flor de Toloache’s performances have dazzled audiences at world-renowned stages in Europe and India. In November 2015, the group embarked on an extensive European and U.S tour as the opening act of Black Keys’ singer Dan Auerbach’s new band, The Arcs. After performing to sold-out audiences in the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Italy, and France, they continued to captivate crowds in the United States at legendary venues such as First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Vic Theatre in Chicago, Terminal 5 in New York, the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

  • Thursday, Jun. 29, 2017

    The Waifs [CANCELLED]

    Due to unforeseen reasons The Waifs have canceled their summer tour. All ticker buyers have been contacted and issued a full refund.

    The Waifs were formed in 1992 by sisters Donna and Vikki Simpson and Josh Cunningham. The three toured Australia until 1996. Twenty-five years after Donna and Vikki set off from their home in Albany, Western Australia, and teamed up with Cunningham to play music across their country to anyone who would listen, the three have come to appreciate the places they left behind. It is hardly surprising then that Vikki, who with her sister grew up at Cosy Corner Beach near Albany, steeped in the simple, rural traditions of their salmon-fishing family, should reflect on and celebrate those things on the new album. This she does beautifully and longingly on the pulsing, heartfelt album opener, “Black Dirt Track.”

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