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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

  • Monday, Jun. 25, 2018

    Kenny Garrett

    For more than thirty years, Grammy Award–winning saxophonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Kenny Garrett has garnered critical recognition for his versatility in jazz, blues, and R&B contexts. The Detroit native began his career performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Mel Lewis Orchestra. In the early 1980s, Garrett began working with Miles Davis, becoming a member of Davis’s working group—a collaboration that lasted for five years.

    With more than twenty recordings as a leader as well as appearing on more than 230 as a sideman, Garrett has performed and recorded with a multitude of musical icons, including Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Q-Tip. Garrett maintains a prolific touring and recording schedule with his own band as well as the world’s most acclaimed jazz legends. In 2008–2009, Garrett joined Chick Corea and John McLaughlin’s supergroup, Five Peace Band, featuring label mate Christian McBride and Vinnie Colaiuta (and later, Brian Blade). The group’s eponymous album won a Grammy Award in 2010. Additionally, Garrett was a featured member of Corea’s Freedom Band, which included Christian McBride and Roy Haynes.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2018

    Extreme Acoustic Guitar Featuring Bill Dutcher, Jay Poole, and Mike Gallaher

    When Bill Dutcher picks up an acoustic guitar, the music that fills the room cannot be branded with a simple sentence. When you see him play live, you’re experiencing an event that shatters the preconceived notion of what a solo acoustic artist is capable of. You’re witnessing the fusion of six strings, ten fingers, unorthodox instruments, and various electronics blend a unique cocktail of rock, blues, and classical as well as Middle Eastern and Celtic flavors into an acoustic symphony.

    Jay Poole, an alumnus of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, has called Metro Phoenix his home for the last fifteen years. A consummate sideman, he has played with some of the area’s most popular bands, including Delcoa, Easton Ashe, and the Walkens. As a versatile, in-demand session player, Poole has worked on recent releases from Jay Allan and Ryan Sims as well as on three of his own solo albums.

    Michael Gallaher, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, is a passionate, fiery guitarist with a fine melodic sense. He left Baltimore at the young age of eighteen to pursue his musical destiny and spent the next several years on the road. A Texas stopover turned into a ten-year sojourn, during which time he became a fixture on the Dallas music scene, recording and performing with a literal Who’s Who of modern music. It was during this time that he was voted as “Texas Tornado” by the Dallas Observer as the year’s best jazz player, joining the ranks of such former winners as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, and Johnny Winter.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2018

    Corb Lund: A Solo Performance

    Corb Lund is an alt-country singer-songwriter from Alberta, Canada. He grew up in a ranching and rodeo family in the foothills of Southern Alberta, then spent the early years of his career writing songs and playing bass for the indie rock band the Smalls. Lund’s music reflects his Western heritage and rock-and-roll roots. His distinct blend of Americana-meets-roots-meets-alt-country has attracted accolades from critics in Canada and the United States, who have called him “one of the best contemporary country songwriters” (PopMatters) and one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” (Rolling Stone Country).

  • Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

    Take 6

    Take 6, heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” is the quintessential a cappella group and model for vocal genius. Composed of Claude McKnight III, Mark Kibble, Joey Kibble, David Thomas, Alvin Chea, and Khristian Dentley, the six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Whitney Houston, the multiplatinum-selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the preeminent a cappella group in the world. Early and Late Show!

  • Thursday, Jul. 05, 2018

    Todd Snider + Matt McCormack

    an excerpt from “todd snider”
    by todd snider

    on this tour i am coming to town with nothing but my
    guitar and stories
    like the old days.
    you know . . .
    pick a little
    talk a little
    pick a little
    talk a little
    cheap cheap cheap
    talk a lot
    pick a little more.
    and not to brag,
    but i also wrote a book that everybody loves
    so i am an author now.
    plus i play everywhere,
    pretty much all the time
    everybody shows up
    and they pretty much always love it.

  • Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

    The Fixx

    The Fixx has been often heralded as one of the most innovative bands to come out of the MTV era. The style and substance of the band have always created a special connection with its audience. The Fixx’s themes are often complex, introspective, and thought-provoking, but the band also has mass appeal with three number 1 hits, five in the Top 5, a dozen reaching the Top 10, and millions of albums sold worldwide.

  • Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

    Eric Johnson [SOLD OUT]

    Eric Johnson’s stature as one of the premier guitar players in contemporary music is his artistic trump card, backed by a Grammy Award and five nominations, a platinum album, Top 10 hits such as “Cliffs of Dover,” and praise from critics and the esteem of his peers. But the full hand of his talents marks him as well as a gifted songwriter, dynamic live performer, singer, pianist, song interpreter, and creator of a rich and diverse musical legacy.

    Johnson’s myriad and distinctive musical gifts are vividly evident on his aptly titled new album, Up Close, released on his own Vortexan Music label via EMI Distribution. The new fifteen-track disc finds the noted master craftsman cutting loose, roaming through variations on the rock, blues, pop, country and jazz all found at the core of his sound, pushing the dynamic range of his artistry, and mixing it up with such friends and peers as guitarists Jimmie Vaughan and Sonny Landreth and guest singers Steve Miller, Jonny Lang, and Malford Milligan.

  • Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018

    Lisa Loeb (Early Show)

    Lisa Loeb is a touring artist, author, and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling number-one hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. A trailblazing independent artist, Loeb was the first pop musician to have a number-one single while not signed to a recording contract. She followed that remarkable feat with the hit singles “Do You Sleep,” “I Do,” and “Let’s Forget about It,” and the albums Cake and Pie and No Fairy Tale. Her albums Tails and Firecracker were both certified Gold.

  • Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018

    Lisa Loeb (Prime Time)

    Lisa Loeb is a touring artist, author, and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling number-one hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. A trailblazing independent artist, Loeb was the first pop musician to have a number-one single while not signed to a recording contract. She followed that remarkable feat with the hit singles “Do You Sleep,” “I Do,” and “Let’s Forget about It,” and the albums Cake and Pie and No Fairy Tale. Her albums Tails and Firecracker were both certified Gold.

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

    Stephen Stills & Judy Collins (Night 1)

    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)

    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.

  • 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

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