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Celebrate Bluegrass

Enjoy lively bluegrass performances and other fun activities celebrating this American roots genre.

Banjo Craft 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Create your own banjo! Stop by and pick up a free craft kit to assemble at MIM or at home.
Photo Booth
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Have your picture taken with our hands-free photo booth and digitally share your pictures instantly! Tag us with #MIMphx for a chance to be featured on our social media.
Mini Gallery Talk: Bluegrass History and Instruments
10:30–10:45 a.m. Join curator Rich Walter for a brief overview of bluegrass music—its origins, stars, and current trends—and take a closer look at the classic instruments displayed in MIM’s recently updated Bluegrass exhibit.
Saturday Pop-Up Performance: The Sonoran Dogs
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (Saturday only) Enjoy a mix of originals, traditional and contemporary bluegrass songs, and Americana standards. The Sonoran Dogs features Mark Miracle on mandolin and vocals, Brian Davies on bass and vocals, three-time Arizona state banjo champion Tyler James on banjo, and national flatpicking guitar champion Peter McLaughlin on guitar and vocals.
Sunday Pop-Up Performance: Cisco & The Racecars
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (Sunday only) Experience the energetic style, diverse arrangements, and unique blend of old and new with one of the premier bluegrass bands in the Southwest, Cisco & The Racecars, led by Arizona state banjo champion Francisco Briseno.
Performance by James Reams & The Barnstormers
12:30 and 2:15 p.m. James Reams, an established bluegrass storyteller and bandleader for 30 years, has greatly contributed to the bluegrass tradition with his original songs and new sounds. Their driving rhythms and hard-edged harmonies make this nationally recognized group a bluegrass staple.
Programming is subject to change.

To support social distancing, we are limiting the number of guests at each activity. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Supported by Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band

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  • Location: MIM - Musical Instrument Museum
  • 4725 E Mayo Blvd
  • Phoenix, AZ 85050
  • Admission: Included with paid museum admission
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