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2-day MIMFest returns November 7-8

Following the success of MIMFest in 2014, the Musical Instrument Museum’s (MIM) inaugural music festival, the two-day outdoor event returns to the museum parking lot on November 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 stunning 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.

The full lineup and schedule of performers will be announced in the coming weeks. 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. 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 September 1 at noon and to the public beginning September 3 at 10 a.m. 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.

MIMFest Admission Prices (per day)
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, November 7 | 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, November 8 | 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

MIMFest is sponsored in part by APS, Sennheiser, Colletti-Fiss LLC, Intel, KPMG and Blue Oak Energy.

McDowell Mountain Musical Festival

Rain Or Shine, McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2012 Hosted A Great Time [PHOTOS]

Donning last season’s coats they thought they stored away for the year, hauling their lounge chairs and blankets to the corner of 68th and Mayo, festival-goers wouldn’t let anything stop them from guzzling their brew of choice and enjoying the three days of live music at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival.

Held from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival welcomed attendees of all ages — from the little ones hula hooping in the Kids Zone and the hippies who felt at home, to the Grateful-Dead-fanatic folks who swayed and boogied to every track the Dark Star Orchestra performed on Saturday night. (And let’s not forget how hot and bothered and shirtless and sweaty it got Saturday night inside the Compound Grill during EOTO’s performance.)

While the weather was far from clear and sunny that weekend, one message was far from muddled — the attendees were there to have a good time with friends and family, and all for a great cause. With a “do good, feel good” attitude boasting from plenty of festival-goers, 100 percent of the proceeds benefited the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy, a non-profit music organization.

The McDowell Mountain Music Festival main stage welcomed artists including Galactic, Ozomatli and Endoplasmic (improvisational dance music) on Friday; Dark Star Orchestra, funky Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Anders Osborne, Trevor Hall (a hybrid of rock and reggae), Tramps and Thieves and relatively-new-to-the-scene Nameless Prophets on Saturday; and on Sunday, bluegrass band the Travelin’ McCourys featuring Keller Williams, Soulive and Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The festival also hosted after hours performances in the Compound Grill for those who wanted to continue the party indoors. The Motet performed on Friday; and EOTO, a 100 percent improvised mix of dubstep, trip-hop, breakbeat, house, and drum and bass, performed Saturday.

During the day, attendees were able to filter in and out of Compound, the music transitioning “from the mainstream to the indie scene,” featuring artists and bands including Quick Henry and PHX on Friday; Spafford, Future Loves Past and Synaptic Soul on Saturday; and Voluntary String Band and Decker on Sunday.

One of the most vibrant performances in the Compound Grill, however, came from attendees of all ages who partook in the drum circle, playing the drums, shakers, tambourine, bells and more as patrons dined and others danced.

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McDowell Mountain Musical Festival

For more information about the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, visit mmmf.net/2012.