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Things to do: Musical Instrument Museum announces Winter/Spring 2023 Concert Series

This season’s highlights include veteran rock group the BoDeans; Canadian singer-songwriter Steven Page formerly of Barenaked Ladies; Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard; and Blues Music Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Vanessa Collier. 

The MIM Music Theater has announced its Winter/Spring 2023 Concert Series through April and includes more than 40 concerts from multiple genres and features artists from around the world. 

This season’s highlights include veteran rock group the BoDeans; Canadian singer-songwriter Steven Page formerly of Barenaked Ladies; Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard; and Blues Music Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Vanessa Collier

The Winter/Spring 2023 Concert Series also welcomes several artists who will perform at the MIM Music Theater for the first time. New artists include Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, indie rockers the Magnetic Fields, renowned fiddler Michael Cleveland and Reunion!, a world-class jazz trio, consisting of Bruce Forman, Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton, performing on the original instruments of their musical mentors. 

Concertgoers can also look forward to the return of several favorites to the MIM Music Theater, including Grammy-winning country icons Riders in the Sky, singer-songwriter Ron Pope, blues rock group Tommy Castro and the Painkillers and acclaimed traditional Irish folk band Altan

“The lineup for the 2023 Winter/Spring Concert Series is truly spectacular,” said MIM Music Theater manager Patrick Murphy. “The MIM Music Theater draws out the breadth, depth and vitality of the world’s performers in ways that are incomparable, fostering an experience for audiences and artists alike that is filled with the joy of music.”

Circle of Friends members who give $250 or more enjoy exclusive member benefits, including advance purchase opportunities for concerts and invitations to concert series preview events with MIM’s artistic director. Members who give $500 or more annually also receive 10% off concert tickets.

The MIM aims to enrich the world by collecting, preserving and making accessible a 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 fosters appreciation of the world’s diverse cultures by showing how humans innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the language of the soul.

In addition to hosting performances by renowned artists, the MIM Music Theater introduces guests to emerging talents from around the world. Each performance is an extension of the museum’s exhibits ― showcasing the instruments, the people who play them and the musical language shared by all.

Winter/Spring 2023 Concert Series lineup

  • Blind Boys of Alabama with special guest Charlie Musselwhite, Saturday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.
  • Arizona Musicfest | Young Musicians Winter Concert, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m.
  • Davina and the Vagabonds, Sunday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m.
  • Tatiana Eva-Marie, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.
  • Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
  • Ann Hampton Callaway: The Linda Ronstadt Songbook with Billy Stritch, Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Michael Kaeshammer, Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet, Saturday, Jan. 21, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Steven Page - formerly of Barenaked Ladies, Sunday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m.
  • Gretchen Menn and Daniele Gottardo, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. 
  • Legends of Hawaiian Music featuring Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono, Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.
  • BLKBOK, Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Paris Chansons, Friday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.
  • Leo Kottke, Sunday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
  • BoDeans, Friday, Feb. 10, 7 and 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • The Hot Club of Cowtown and Tyler Hilton celebrating Elvis Presley’s Records from Sun Studio, Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
  • DeVotchKa, Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks and Eric Harland, Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Riders in the Sky, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
  • The Sadies, Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Mnozil Brass, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
  • Pokey LaFarge, Wednesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
  • MusicNova Orchestra Contrasts for Strings: Barber, Farina, Cohen, Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.  
  • Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Monday, March 6, 7 p.m.
  • MIM and the Phoenix Chamber Music Society present: Curtis on Tour Friday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Poi Dog Pondering, Saturday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
  • Altan, Sunday, March 12, 6 and 8 p.m.
  • AJ Lee and Blue Summit, Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m.
  • RUNA, Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
  • Spyro Gyra, Friday, March 17, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Walter Trout, Saturday, March 18, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • True Heart Troubadours | Tim O’Brien and Mary Gautheir, Sunday, March 19, 7 p.m.
  • The Magnetic Fields, Monday, March 20, 7 p.m.
  • Beth Orton, Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m.
  • Vanessa Collier, Saturday, March 25, 7 p.m.
  • Arizona Musicfest | Young Musicians Spring Concert, Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m.
  • Reunion! | Bruce Forman, Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton, Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m.
  • Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Friday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
  • Steve Smith and Vital Information, Sunday, April 2, 7 p.m.
  • Classic Albums Live featuring Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m.
  • The Anderson Brothers Play Gershwin, Saturday, April 8, 7 p.m.
  • Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Friday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
  • Ron Pope, Thursday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • Morgan James, Sunday, April 30, 7 p.m.

This program schedule is subject to change. Additional artists will be added to the lineup throughout the season and will be announced at