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Musical Instrument Museum Hosts MIMFest to Celebrate World Music

mim fest, music instrument museum festival, musical instrument museum, mim, music instrument museum, phoenix, arizona, global music festival, phoenix events, phoenix music fesivalsTo the delight of music lovers in Phoenix, the city has welcomed several new music festivals in recent years. Now, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is getting involved with its inaugural outdoor music festival, MIMFest: Global Music Festival, to be held Oct. 18-19.

The two-day event will take place on 20 acres of land and feature world-renowned musicians, vibrant street performers and dancers, local food trucks and plenty of family-friendly activities. Since its opening in 2010, MIM has hosted numerous events and artists that celebrate music cultures and traditions from around the globe.

Cumbia and mambo, Americana folk, Latin rock, bluegrass, Ethiopian music — these are just some examples of this festival’s soundscape. “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.”

More performers will be announced as the festival nears, but the current lineup: The Okee Dokee Brothers, Muskellunge, Billy Strings & Don Julin, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Sergio Mendoza y La Orkestra, Krar Collective, Socks in the Frying Pan, Davina and the Vagabonds, La Santa Cecilia and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba (learn more about the acts here and get a feel for their music by watching this YouTube compilation). Between sets, pop-up performers will entertain attendees with dancing, stilt walking, taiko drumming, hula lessons and more.

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Food is an important component of any festival-style event, above is the list of food trucks on site for when hunger strikes.

The youngest festivalgoers will have plenty to do. They can play instruments from different parts of the world, make musical crafts, enjoy the play space, get their faces painted with musical designs, and be a part of the MIMkids Mini Music Makers class.

MIMFest will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM on both days. One- and two-day passes are on sale now. VIP tickets are available and include on-site parking, access to a shaded private lounge and special viewing area, complimentary drinks and food, and all-day admission to the museum.

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Tickets can be purchased online at MIM.org, by phone at (480) 478-6000 or in person at MIM’s Guest Service desk.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the MIM website.

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