May 2015 Concerts & Events
As of April 2, 2015
The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101).
Tickets/Info (unless otherwise specified): MIM.org or 480.478.6000
Special Exhibition: Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World
Through June 21, 2015
Tickets: $7 with museum admission | $10 for exhibition only
“Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World” explores the immeasurable cultural and historical significance of drums around the world through the presentation of more than 100 drums of all shapes, sizes, materials and uses from Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the United States. The collection is accompanied by dozens of videos, photographs and other multimedia content selected by our curators from sources around the globe. This unique exhibition also highlights themes ranging from performance techniques to the role of drums in rituals, military events and even systems of nonverbal communication.
MIMkids: Mini Music Makers Series
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in May | Check MIM.org for class times listed by age.
Tickets: $12 per class or $40 for four
Introduce your child to the wide and wonderful world of music through MIM’s early childhood music and movement courses. Explore music from around the globe with your children while singing, dancing and playing instruments. Designed for children and caregivers, each four-week session explores a new musical culture in engaging ways. Motor, pre-language and musical skills are developed simultaneously, while children actively participate in the music making. This session’s classes will focus on Asia. Please contact Katherine Palmer at [email protected] or 480.245.6962 with any questions. Space is limited; reservations are required.
Concert: Back to the Pointe: Khani Cole with special guest Marion Meadows
Saturday, May 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Valley-based vocalist Khani Cole hosts a reunion with keyboardist Michael “B” Broening, bassist Al Ortiz and special guest saxophonist Marion Meadows, going back in time to celebrate her 10 ½ year run at A Different Point of View at the Pointe Tapatio Cliffs Resort, where she and her band performed four nights a week from January 1997 to June 2007.
Concert: Arizona Musicfest: Winners Competition Concert
Sunday, May 3 | 1 p.m.
Tickets: Included with paid museum admission or $10 concert only
Through its highly-competitive annual Youth Music Competitions, Arizona Musicfest identifies top classical music talent from around Arizona. Many of these extraordinary young musicians are then featured as part of Musicfest’s Young Performers Concert series. This is a special opportunity for audiences to experience virtuosity from the start.
Concert: Felix Hell
Wednesday, May 6 | 7 p.m.
Concert: Rhiannon Giddens
Thursday, May 7 | 7:30 p.m.
Concert: Nachito Herrera Trio featuring Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez
Friday, May 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Concert: Elvis Perkins with Opening Act 76th Street
Saturday, May 9 | 7:30 p.m.
Event: Drum Break: Discover What’s Beyond the Beat
Saturday, May 9 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ignite your passion for drums! Join us as we delve deeper into the themes showcased in our exhibition Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World. Play different styles of drums from around the world and participate in performance workshops, drum clinics and instrument-making demonstrations. Meet influential drummers from the Phoenix scene as well as premier national artists.
Concert: Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
Sunday, May 10 | 7:30 p.m.
This group’s distinctive sound breathes new life into the Cajun and zydeco genres.
Concert: John Daversa Small Band featuring Renee Olstead
Friday, May 15 | 7:30 p.m.
Concert: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Sunday, May 17 | 7 p.m.
Concert: Nellie McKay
Monday, May 18 | 7 p.m.
Concert: Taj Mahal
Tuesday, May 19 | 7 p.m.
Concert: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
Wednesday, May 20 | 7 p.m.
Concert: Zydeco for Kidz with Terrance Simien
Thursday, May 21 | 3 p.m.
Concert: Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Friday, May 22 | 7:30 p.m.
Event: Experience Polynesia
Saturday, May 23 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 24 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: Activities included with paid museum admission
Kick off the summer at MIM with our second annual celebration of Pacific Island music and culture! Enjoy musical performances, dancing demonstrations, a Polynesian-inspired menu at Café Allegro and even try your hand at a ukulele.
Concert: Trace Bundy
Saturday, May 23 | 7:30 p.m.
Concert: Rebirth Brass Band
Sunday, May 24 | 7 p.m.
Concert: Asleep at the Wheel
Wednesday, May 25 | 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 26 | 7 p.m.
Concert: Phoenix Boys Choir
Thursday, May 28 | 7:30 p.m.
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. MIM offers 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.