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MIM Music Theater

ACOUSTICALLY SUPERB! Immerse yourself in the sounds of the world in the state-of-the-art MIM Music Theater. Offering spacious seating and exceptional acoustics, the intimate 300-seat theater showcases an inspiring array of live concerts by major artists from around the globe. MIM also offers workshops, films, lectures, and interactive performances that draw guests deeper into global musical traditions and trends.

Upcoming Shows for MIM Music Theater

  • Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

    John Pizzarelli

    World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar,” and the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”

    Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and the Beatles. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.

  • Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

    JD Souther [Night 1]

    Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Texas, John David Souther came into his own upon moving to Los Angeles and becoming part of the burgeoning singer-songwriter scene surrounding the Troubadour bar. It was here that he met the artists who would figure so prominently in his career: Glenn Frey, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, and many others.

    On his own, but certainly not alone, his songwriting flourished. By 1976, the Eagles had huge hits with his music and Linda Ronstadt had made breathtaking recordings of his songs, some of them duets with him. But it was 1979 when Souther registered his first massive hit as a solo artist: “You’re Only Lonely” from the record You’re Only Lonely. The track hit number one at Adult Contemporary radio that year and rose as high as number seven on the Billboard Top 100. The 1980s and 1990s saw Souther’s songs sell another ten million units on records by George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks and Dunn, and the Dixie Chicks, to name a few.

    Recently, Souther has adopted more of a jazz songwriter persona, with records full of new and old originals recorded in a stripped-down, haunting style. He is balancing his pop and jazz sensibilities, paying particular homage to his earliest influences, the geniuses of the twentieth-century Great American Songbook on his latest record, Tenderness.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

    JD Souther [Night 2]

    Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Texas, John David Souther came into his own upon moving to Los Angeles and becoming part of the burgeoning singer-songwriter scene surrounding the Troubadour bar. It was here that he met the artists who would figure so prominently in his career: Glenn Frey, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, and many others.

    On his own, but certainly not alone, his songwriting flourished. By 1976, the Eagles had huge hits with his music and Linda Ronstadt had made breathtaking recordings of his songs, some of them duets with him. But it was 1979 when Souther registered his first massive hit as a solo artist: “You’re Only Lonely” from the record You’re Only Lonely. The track hit number one at Adult Contemporary radio that year and rose as high as number seven on the Billboard Top 100. The 1980s and 1990s saw Souther’s songs sell another ten million units on records by George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks and Dunn, and the Dixie Chicks, to name a few.

    Recently, Souther has adopted more of a jazz songwriter persona, with records full of new and old originals recorded in a stripped-down, haunting style. He is balancing his pop and jazz sensibilities, paying particular homage to his earliest influences, the geniuses of the twentieth-century Great American Songbook on his latest record, Tenderness.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

    Mariachi Flor de Toloache

    Founded in 2008, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is led by singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) and Shae Fiol (original member). Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi, the group started as a trio: harp, violin, and vihuela. Today, Mariachi Flor de Toloache performs as a full mariachi ensemble. The members hail from diverse countries, such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy, and the United States. This fact defines their unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile, and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. They coalesce as would a band of sisters, with grace and vibrant beauty that cast a spell over their audiences not unlike the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion. While working to preserve century-old traditions of mariachi, their mélange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings mariachi music to new audiences.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

    Tinariwen

    The group was founded by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib (lead guitar, vocals), Hassan Ag Touhami (guitar, vocals), and Inteyeden Ag Ableline (guitar, vocals) in Tamanrasset, southern Algeria, at the end of the 1970s. It was a period of great suffering in the desert, due to the catastrophic droughts of the early 1970s, which had decimated the animal herds and almost destroyed the Tuareg’s ancient nomadic way of life. Tinariwen began to write songs describing the pain of exile, the longing for lost homes and families, the struggle for political and cultural freedom, and the rigors of everyday life in the desert.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018

    Traveler [SOLD OUT]

    The captivating sounds of the violin, oud, and Middle Eastern percussion, along with other ethnic instruments collected during Scott Jeffers’s journeys, dominate the group’s concerts. The compositions, ranging from fiery to playful songs and tragic heart-wrenching ballads, drew inspiration from traveling: on treks across the harsh deserts of Jordan and Egypt, across the contrasting landscape of the Emerald Isle, on the sand dunes of Morocco, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, through birdsong-filled forests of Transylvania, in the rain forests of Malaysia, and around the ancient amphitheaters in Turkey. The real magic of a Traveler concert is in the connection the band makes with the audience. “Acoustic Traveler” has been a returning favorite show at the spectacular Las Noches de las Luminarias in Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden in December.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

    Ottmar Liebert with Luna Negra [Night 1]

    Ottmar Liebert’s incredible global success on a musical level often seems like a simple outgrowth of his cultural background and powerful wanderlust in his formative years. Born in Cologne, Germany, to a Chinese-German father and a Hungarian mother, Liebert began playing guitar at eleven and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia, intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his rock-and-roll dreams first in his native Germany and then in Boston, Massachusetts, he abandoned the frustrations of the East Coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, thrilling audiences throughout the world and releasing a catalog of classic recordings, including the remix collection Euphoria (1995), the live album Viva! (1995), the double CD Opium (1996), and the classical-oriented orchestral album Leaning into the Night (1997). He wrapped up his decade with Epic Records with 2001’s Little Wing and went back to Higher Octave Music, releasing a lush album of lullabies called In the Arms of Love in 2002 and an album with Luna Negra called The Santa Fe Sessions (2003).

  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

    Ottmar Liebert with Luna Negra [Night 2]

    Ottmar Liebert’s incredible global success on a musical level often seems like a simple outgrowth of his cultural background and powerful wanderlust in his formative years. Born in Cologne, Germany, to a Chinese-German father and a Hungarian mother, Liebert began playing guitar at eleven and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia, intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his rock-and-roll dreams first in his native Germany and then in Boston, Massachusetts, he abandoned the frustrations of the East Coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, thrilling audiences throughout the world and releasing a catalog of classic recordings, including the remix collection Euphoria (1995), the live album Viva! (1995), the double CD Opium (1996), and the classical-oriented orchestral album Leaning into the Night (1997). He wrapped up his decade with Epic Records with 2001’s Little Wing and went back to Higher Octave Music, releasing a lush album of lullabies called In the Arms of Love in 2002 and an album with Luna Negra called The Santa Fe Sessions (2003). Early and Late Show!

  • Saturday, Sep. 01, 2018

    The Dawg Trio Featuring David Grisman, Danny Barnes, and Sam Grisman

    Originating a signature mix of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, Latin rhythms, klezmer music, and myriad global influences into a holistic approach he calls “dawg music,” David Grisman began his career during the explosive folk and blues revival of the 1960s, working in the Even Dozen Jug Band with future stars Maria Muldaur and John Sebastian before launching a career as a solo artist and a collaborator with gypsy jazz legend Stéphane Grappelli, Del McCoury, Red Allen, Bonnie Raitt, and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, among others. Grisman’s iconic 1975 acoustic quintet album with Jerry Garcia, Old and in the Way, became one of the best-selling bluegrass albums of all time. In the same year, he formed his most enduring ensemble, the hugely influential David Grisman Quartet, which is still active today.

    Texas-born banjoist Danny Barnes is a visionary musician equally informed by the bluegrass tradition and the punk rock of his youth. Founding member of the Austin string trio Bad Livers, Barnes has worked with artists including Bill Frisell and the Dave Matthews Band. He was the 2015 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Dave Grisman’s son, Sam Grisman, will join the trio on bass. Early and Late Show!

  • Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

    Stephen Stills & Judy Collins (Night 1) [SOLD OUT]

    Fifty years ago, singer-songwriter Stephen Stills met singer-songwriter Judy Collins, known for her piercing ocean-blue eyes. Their tumultuous love affair would later be immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark self-titled debut album. Both Stills and Collins would go on to shape modern music with visionary approaches, but their short fiery union remains a transformative era for the two artists.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

    Stephen Stills & Judy Collins (Night 2) [SOLD OUT]

    Fifty years ago, singer-songwriter Stephen Stills met singer-songwriter Judy Collins, known for her piercing ocean-blue eyes. Their tumultuous love affair would later be immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark self-titled debut album. Both Stills and Collins would go on to shape modern music with visionary approaches, but their short fiery union remains a transformative era for the two artists.

  • Friday, Sep. 14, 2018

    Red Molly

    Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for its gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music—from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky-tonk—as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline, three-part harmonies.

    Gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, Red Molly is renowned for its live shows. Four-time featured artists at MerleFest, breakout stars at RockyGrass Music Festival, and the darlings of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, the “Mollies” bring audiences to their feet, whether it’s on a grand festival stage or in an intimate concert hall.

  • Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

    Margaret Glaspy

    Born Yesterday is a bookend to New York singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy’s lauded 2016 debut album, Emotions and Math. “In releasing it, I feel set free to sink deep into my new inspirations while taking a break from the road and make something entirely new.” Glaspy continues, “These songs are the end of this chapter and mark a new beginning!”

    Emotions and Math was featured on many Year-End Lists when it was released in 2016, including the New York Times, NPR Music, Billboard, Mother Jones, and others. Glaspy toured the record intensely, playing countless shows throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. This season on the road birthed her new EP released on ATO Records, Born Yesterday. She recalls, “I wrote these songs on the road, in my hotel, on the plane, and at soundcheck. They were the product of the little time that I had to myself—three songs about different sides of love: love gone wrong, love gone right, and love at a distance.”

  • Monday, Sep. 24, 2018

    Loudon Wainwright III

    The long and illustrious career of Loudon Wainwright III is highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, movies and television credits, and now his new autobiography, Liner Notes. In 2010, he won the Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy Award for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. His 2012 recording, Older Than My Old Man Now, was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2018

    Bobby McFerrin (Night 1, 2 Shows)

    “Bobby McFerrin: Circlesongs” will take you on a life-changing musical adventure. McFerrin’s exhilarating vocal vocabulary—call-and-response, global rhythms, soaring melodies, lush harmonies, funny noises, invented language, silence, prayers, and laughter—reminds us all of how much fun it is to be alive, to lift our voices and communicate with one another, to make a joyful noise.

    Two shows-7pm, 9pm

  • Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018

    Bobby McFerrin (Night 2, 2 Shows)

    “Bobby McFerrin: Circlesongs” will take you on a life-changing musical adventure. McFerrin’s exhilarating vocal vocabulary—call-and-response, global rhythms, soaring melodies, lush harmonies, funny noises, invented language, silence, prayers, and laughter—reminds us all of how much fun it is to be alive, to lift our voices and communicate with one another, to make a joyful noise.

    Two shows-7pm, 9pm

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2108

    Amy Hānaiali’i

    The role of Amy Hānaiali’i as a cultural force for Hawaiian culture stems from composing in Hawaiian language and bringing her language to the world with a current blend of diverse musical stylings.

    Her albums have also garnered eighteen Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, Hawaii’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards. Hānaiali’i’s scope of multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano wins showcases her varied musical depth over the years, prevailing in the following categories: Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Christmas Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and many others. Her wide-ranging success and cultural responsibility provide clear recognition of universal acceptance by Hawaii’s music community and fans.

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