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Second annual MIMFest to be held at museum this weekend


PHOENIX – The Musical Instrument Museum’s second annual celebration of music around the world is set for this weekend. This year’s MIMFest will include local, national, and international musical acts and entertainers.

The two-day outdoor event will be held in the museum parking lot on Nov. 7 and 8. The festival showcases more than 20 performing groups, as well as 12 food trucks serving global fare. Events run 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s MIMFest performers include:

Ozomatli: Los Angeles–based group performing Latin/funk/hip-hop and more
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: 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: Tucson-based progressive bluegrass band
The Sugar Thieves: Phoenix–based blues, roots, and Americana band
Jerusafunk: Phoenix’s only Klezploitation band, blending new genres
Brad Colerick: Americana performer with a variety of acts
Hani Naser: Virtuoso percussionist and oud player

Sunday’s MIMFest headliner will be Chicago singer-songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird, who unites the traditions of small-group swing, German lieder, and New Orleans jazz, mixing Gypsy, folk, and rock elements into his distinctive style.

Performances will be held on three stages, two outdoor and the MIM Music Theater, and there will be a variety of local musicians, dancers, and artists at MIMFest, including a samba group, aerialists, a Dixieland band, and participatory rangoli art. Guests of all ages will have the opportunity for complimentary face painting, henna art, acoustic instrument demonstrations, and craft activities. See a full list of exhibits at

MIMFest tickets can be purchased online at, 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.

MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit