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Celebrate Rock and Roll

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Channel your inner rock star during the closing weekend of The Electric Guitar with rock and roll music-making workshops, live performances by Conrad Varela and Josh West, a rock star craft, and a screening of The Wrecking Crew.

In partnership with Loog Guitars

Craft: Make Your Own Rock Star
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Tap in to your creative side and build your very own cardboard tube rock star! Re-create your favorite icon or invent a whole new rock persona ready to hit the stage in no time.

Instrument Spotlight: Electric Guitars
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Try your hand at the electric guitar, an iconic instrument of rock and roll since the 1950s and 1960s, then check out the guitars in the Rock and Roll display in the United States / Canada Gallery.

Photo Booth
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
“Rock on” at MIM’s custom photo booth! Have your picture taken with fun musical props and instantly get your own copy to take home.

Pop-up Performance: Rock Anthem
10:00–10:10 a.m.
Conrad Varela, winner of Alice Cooper’s 2018 “Proof is in the Pudding” music competition, kicks the day off with an electrifying guitar performance in MIM’s lobby.

Film Screening and Director’s Q&A: The Wrecking Crew
10:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. (Sunday)
Stop in for a screening of award-winning 2008 rockumentary The Wrecking Crew, a musical tribute to the popular session musicians responsible for thousands of recordings during the 1960s and 1970s.

Stick around after the screening for a question and answer session with Denny Tedesco, the producer and director of the film and son of Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco.

Conversation with Danny Zelisko
11:00 a.m.–noon (Saturday)
Prominent southwest concert presenter Danny Zelisko joins MIM curator Richard Walter, PhD, for a conversation about the worldwide phenomenon that is rock and roll. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear an insider’s perspective on the ever-changing music industry!

Curator’s Mini-Tour: Woodstock
1:00–1:15 p.m. (Saturday)
Join MIM curator Richard Walter, PhD, to learn about the acquisition of several iconic instruments during this short tour of MIM’s brand-new Woodstock display.

Music-Making Workshop
1:30–2:15 p.m.
Play a few classic hit tunes on a Loog guitar in this family-friendly jam session facilitated by Loog specialist German Wegbrait. These instruments are fun to play and the perfect size for all ages!

Curator’s Mini-Tour: Rock and Roll
2:30–2:45 p.m.
Head upstairs to check out some of the iconic instruments featured in our galleries during this short exploration of the Rock and Roll display with curator Richard Walter, PhD.

Performance by Josh West
3:15–4:00 p.m.
The legacy of rock music lives on as Josh West, local singer-songwriter and former contestant on NBC’s The Voice, brings a dynamic performance of alternative rock to the MIM stage.

Rock and Roll-Themed Extras Available for Purchase
During Café Allegro lunch hours, enjoy a special menu featuring fish and chips, bangers and mash, and potato leek soup, plus a triple berry trifle for dessert!

All weekend, shop the Museum Store for a hand-picked selection of jewelry, apparel, home accessories, and more featuring the songs, instruments, and icons of rock.

Café Allegro Lunch Menu Highlights

Oxtail Soup with House-Made Beef Broth and a “Rhythm” of Celery, Onion, and Carrot

Potato, Leek, and Stilton “Blues” Cheese Soup

Fish and Chips with Minted Peas, Malt Vinegar, and Tartar Sauce

“Back Beat” Bangers and Mash with a Dark Liquid Sauce

“School’s Out” Sticky Toffee Pudding

British “Sharp Note” Scones

Triple Berry Trifle

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