Visiting the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona is a wonderful adventure in its self, but now the music is even sweeter as the museum is turning up the sound and hosting its inaugural global music festival--MIMFest. 
The dates for the fest are Oct. 18 and 19, 2014.  MIM hosts about 200 concerts each year in its state of the art music theater. This will be the first time, however, the museum has brought together a variety of global acts for a full weekend of outdoor exceptional music in the desert. 
Latin rock will be a highlight as well as Ethiopian grooves and Celtic melodies and  not leaving anything behind, traditional blue grass is on the menu as well. 
So much music you will be there all weekend...so will the food trucks and plenty of family fun activities. You won't have to leave until the last note sounds. The weekend will be filled with dancers, musical acts, dynamic street performers throughout the 20 acre grounds of MIM.
It is slated as a "one-of-a-kind musical journey around the globe. 
Aside from the fest--MIM is very interesting and well worth a stop. Each room of the museum is dedicated to a specific part of the world with every kind of musical instrument imaginable. Visitors have a chance to bang on some drums or strum guitars. It is all about a musical experience in many ways from songs by Taylor Swift to seeing a drum used in the Olympics.Visitors have a chance to listen to performance videos--it is just plain fun!  
MIM is the largest museum of its type in the world. 
Visiting MIM is great anytime, but extra special for these October dates when visitors will have an opportunity to hear:
 Davina and The Vagabonds (genre-busting jazz, blues and roots music with fiery vocals)         Santa Cecilia (modern-day hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music)         Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba (masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa)         Socks in the Frying Pan (traditional Celtic melodies blended with innovative rhythms)        Krar Collective (mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves)         Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta (classic mambo and cumbia sounds)        Heritage Blues Orchestra (a musical mingling that brings together African American music, modern jazz and Western European harmony)        Billy Strings & Don Julin (string band featuring haunting Appalachian songs, righteous gospel standards and blazing bluegrass instrumentals)        Muskellunge (contemporary, original American music that incorporates the traditions of the past with the topics of today)         The Okee Dokee Brothers (Americana folk music for the whole family)
      AND...that is just a sample of the MIMFest lineup. There is more on the diverse menu...AND something for you. 
        In between stage performers, fest visitors will enjoy locally based pop-up performers giving hula lessons, taiko drumming, east Indian dancing and more. A Chinese lion dance team, brass band and moko jumbie (stilt walker) will also rove around the space entertaining.                  AND...those food trucks will include BBQ sandwiches, mac.n.cheese, salads, burgers, fry bread, pizza, beer, Mexican, pies, donuts, gourmet hot dogs and so much more. 
     AND...don't worry about what the kids will do as there will be plenty of activities, including playing instruments from around the world to having their face painted with a musical design and so much more. 
        Tickets are currently on sale for the event at MIM.org or call 480-478-6000 or at the guest service desk at the museum. 

MIMFest Admission Prices1-Day Pass          2-Day PassAdult (ages 20+)                               $30                         $55Teen (ages 1319)                           $20                         $35Child (ages 712)                             $15                         $25Child (ages 6 & under)                   Free with ticket-holding adult                    VIP (all ages)                                      $150                       $250
MIMFest HoursSaturday, October 18 | 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday, October 19 | 10 a.m.5 p.m.
The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix at the corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards. Complimentary parking and shuttle service for MIMFest will be located just south of the museum at Horse Lovers Park (19224 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit MIM.org or call 480.478.6000.
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Visiting the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona is a wonderful adventure in its self, but now the music is even sweeter as the museum is turning up the sound and hosting its inaugural global music festival--MIMFest. 
The dates for the fest are Oct. 18 and 19, 2014.  MIM hosts about 200 concerts each year in its state of the art music theater. This will be the first time, however, the museum has brought together a variety of global acts for a full weekend of outdoor exceptional music in the desert. 
Latin rock will be a highlight as well as Ethiopian grooves and Celtic melodies and  not leaving anything behind, traditional blue grass is on the menu as well. 
So much music you will be there all weekend...so will the food trucks and plenty of family fun activities. You won't have to leave until the last note sounds. The weekend will be filled with dancers, musical acts, dynamic street performers throughout the 20 acre grounds of MIM.
It is slated as a "one-of-a-kind musical journey around the globe. 
Aside from the fest--MIM is very interesting and well worth a stop. Each room of the museum is dedicated to a specific part of the world with every kind of musical instrument imaginable. Visitors have a chance to bang on some drums or strum guitars. It is all about a musical experience in many ways from songs by Taylor Swift to seeing a drum used in the Olympics.Visitors have a chance to listen to performance videos--it is just plain fun!  
MIM is the largest museum of its type in the world. 
Visiting MIM is great anytime, but extra special for these October dates when visitors will have an opportunity to hear:
 Davina and The Vagabonds (genre-busting jazz, blues and roots music with fiery vocals)         Santa Cecilia (modern-day hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music)         Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba (masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa)         Socks in the Frying Pan (traditional Celtic melodies blended with innovative rhythms)        Krar Collective (mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves)         Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta (classic mambo and cumbia sounds)        Heritage Blues Orchestra (a musical mingling that brings together African American music, modern jazz and Western European harmony)        Billy Strings & Don Julin (string band featuring haunting Appalachian songs, righteous gospel standards and blazing bluegrass instrumentals)        Muskellunge (contemporary, original American music that incorporates the traditions of the past with the topics of today)         The Okee Dokee Brothers (Americana folk music for the whole family)
      AND...that is just a sample of the MIMFest lineup. There is more on the diverse menu...AND something for you. 
        In between stage performers, fest visitors will enjoy locally based pop-up performers giving hula lessons, taiko drumming, east Indian dancing and more. A Chinese lion dance team, brass band and moko jumbie (stilt walker) will also rove around the space entertaining.                  AND...those food trucks will include BBQ sandwiches, mac.n.cheese, salads, burgers, fry bread, pizza, beer, Mexican, pies, donuts, gourmet hot dogs and so much more. 
     AND...don't worry about what the kids will do as there will be plenty of activities, including playing instruments from around the world to having their face painted with a musical design and so much more. 
        Tickets are currently on sale for the event at MIM.org or call 480-478-6000 or at the guest service desk at the museum. 

MIMFest Admission Prices1-Day Pass          2-Day PassAdult (ages 20+)                               $30                         $55Teen (ages 1319)                           $20                         $35Child (ages 712)                             $15                         $25Child (ages 6 & under)                   Free with ticket-holding adult                    VIP (all ages)                                      $150                       $250
MIMFest HoursSaturday, October 18 | 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday, October 19 | 10 a.m.5 p.m.
The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix at the corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards. Complimentary parking and shuttle service for MIMFest will be located just south of the museum at Horse Lovers Park (19224 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit MIM.org or call 480.478.6000.
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