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Experience the Caribbean

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Experience the Caribbean

Time: August 4, 2018 from 9am to 5pm
Location: Musical Instrument Museum
Street: 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard
City/Town: Phoenix, AZ 85050
Website or Map: https://mim.org/contact/
Phone: 480.478.6000
Event Type: live, musical, performances, workshops
Organized By: Musical Instrument Museum
Latest Activity: Jul 28, 2018

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Hear the sounds and feel the rhythm of the Caribbean at MIM! Experience the vibrant musical traditions of the islands through live musical performances, workshops, Curator Talks, crafts, and other fun, hands-on activities.

Sponsored by APS
Supported by the Arizona Caribbean Cultural Association, Arizona Carnival and Festival, Casa Venezuela Arizona, and the Puerto Rican Center of Arizona
Photography courtesy of James Taylor

Caribbean-Themed Gifts Available for Purchase
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum Store
Celebrate the Caribbean’s diverse and colorful traditions when you shop the Museum Store for vibrant music, books, and gifts.

Instrument Spotlight: Caribbean Percussion
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Upper El Río
Hit, scrape, and pluck some of the most distinctive percussion instruments of the Caribbean. Enjoy this opportunity to try your hand at the tambora, the merengue güira, and the marimbula before exploring the Latin America Gallery to find them on display.

Pandereta Craft-Making Activity
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
South El Río
In Puerto Rico, panderetas are frame drums used to play a style of folk music called plena. Come by the craft table to build your own handheld pandereta and take home this traditional, easy-to-play drum.

Steel Pan Performance
10:30–11:15 a.m. (Saturday), 3:15–4:00 p.m. (Sunday)
North El Río
Enjoy the unmistakable sound of steel pans from the Caribbean dual-island country of Trinidad and Tobago with Phoenix’s premier steel drum band, J.T.’s Island Steel. Led by musician, arranger, and composer James “J.T.” Taylor, these experienced pan players join MIM to showcase their tropical tunes.

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