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MIM to Host Inaugural Global Music Festival on October 18 & 19

MIMFest Will Feature World-Renowned Musical Acts, 13 Local Food Trucks & Fun Family Activities

PHOENIX (Aug. 18, 2014) The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix is excited to host its first outdoor music festival on October 18 and 19. MIMFest is two-day music festival set against the backdrop of the stunning Arizona desert and inspired by MIM’s commitment to celebrate musical traditions and cultures from around the world. The festival will bring together extraordinary musical acts, energetic dancers, dynamic street performers and culinary delights on MIM’s 20-acre grounds.

While MIM hosts nearly 200 concerts per year in the acoustically superb MIM Music Theater, this will mark the first time the museum is bringing multiple exciting global acts together outdoors for a full weekend of exceptional music. From Latin rock and Ethiopian grooves to Celtic melodies and traditional bluegrass, MIMFest artists will offer attendees a one-of-a-kind musical journey around the globe.

The full lineup and schedule for performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Confirmed performers include:

  • Davina and The Vagabonds (genre-busting jazz, blues and roots music with fiery vocals)
  • La 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)

“MIMFest offers a fun and festive opportunity for attendees to discover talented musical acts from around the world,” said Lowell Pickett, artistic director for MIMFest. “The diverse lineup allows guests to experience artists of varying genres and levels of success and we hope this inspires them to continue exploring and appreciating global music.”

In between performances on the two main stages, there will be a variety of locally based pop-up performers treating guests to hula lessons, taiko drumming, East Indian dancing and more. A Chinese lion dance team, brass band and moko jumbie (stilt walker popularized by the Brazilian Carnival tradition) will also rove throughout the festival space.

While enjoying global music, guests can savor cuisine, available for purchase, from 13 local food trucks. Participating trucks include:

  • 180Q (BBQ sandwiches, mac ’n’ cheese and more)
  • Aioli Burger (gourmet burgers and salads)
  • Comfort Cravings (American comfort food)
  • Emerson Fry Bread (Native American and Mexican fusion)
  • Focoso Pizza (wood-fired personal pizzas)
  • Four Peaks Brewery (beer)
  • Green Chili Grill (Mexican cuisine)
  • Hey Joe! (Filipino street food)
  • Mamma Toledo’s Pies (made-from-scratch sweet and savory pies)
  • Paletas Betty (handmade Mexican fresh fruit and cream pops)
  • The Roasted Shallot (grilled cheese sandwiches and seasonal favorites)
  • Rollover Donuts (brioche doughnuts and fritters)
  • Spice It Up (global curries and dishes from around the world)
  • Short Leash Dogs (gourmet hot dogs)

MIMFest will also offer multiple activities for children of all ages. Guests can:

  • Play instruments from around the world in the outdoor Experience Gallery
  • Make a musical craft from the acclaimed Roots of Rhythm program (best for ages 5 and up)
  • Explore a play space built especially for the youngest guests (best for ages 0–5 years)
  • Participate in a MIMkids Mini Music Makers class (best for ages 0–5 years)
  • Have their face painted with a musical design

Tickets to MIMFest go on sale to the public on Thursday, August 21, at 10 a.m. One-day and two-day passes are available, as well as a VIP option that includes on-site parking; access to a fully shaded private lounge and exclusive viewing area overlooking the main stage; complimentary food and beverages; and all-day museum admission. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 480.478.6000 or visiting MIM’s Guest Service desk.

MIMFest Admission Prices

Adult (ages 20+)
$30 $55
Teen (ages 13–19)
$20 $35
Child (ages 7–12)
$15 $25
Ages 6 & under Free Free
VIP (all ages)
$150 $250

MIMFest Hours
Saturday, October 18 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, October 19 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

MIMFest is sponsored in part by APS and Colletti-Fiss LLC.

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 or call 480.478.6000.


About MIM
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches the world by collecting, preserving and making accessible a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. We offer our guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures around the globe by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the language of the soul.

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Media Contact
Erin Miller, Media Relations Manager, MIM