Singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza is one of today’s leading voices of modern-day protest songs. Zaragoza’s music and activism are closely intertwined, and many of her songs touch on topics such as being mixed-race in the United States, Standing Rock, the environment, and indigenous-rights issues. Through her music, Zaragoza strives to spread awareness of political issues that are important to her. In response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, Zaragoza wrote the song “In the River.”
In 2016, she and her brother posted a video for the song with facts about Standing Rock online and it gained 100,000 views overnight, garnering half a million total along with national media coverage. “That was eye-opening and showed me music is powerful and has a way of spreading awareness, even for issues that are overlooked,” Zaragoza told Westword.
Zaragoza will play at 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 24 at the MIM Music Theater (Musical Instrument Museum) 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050.
Zaragoza’s debut album Fight for You displays her compassion, dedication to justice and equality for all, and keen eye for the seemingly small daily moments that become our most meaningful memories. Her multinational heritage, consisting of Native American (Tohono O’odham), Mexican, Taiwanese, and Japanese, deeply informs her music. Zaragoza has been included in many lists of the best modern-day protest songs, including ones in Paste Magazine, What Culture, and Overblown. The singer-songwriter performs all over the United States and Europe and has been invited to perform at the United Nations in New York City.
Ticket Prices range from $28.50 to $33.50. To purchase tickets, please visit MIM.org or call our box office at 480.478.6000. Circle of Friends donors who give $500+ annually are eligible for 10% off concert tickets. 2018 Concert Series sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln.
About MIM and MIM Music Theater
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible an astonishing 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 we 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. It has been called, “the best 300-seat venue in the country,” by Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin. Each performance is an extension of the museum exhibits – showcasing the instruments, the people who play them, and the musical language we share. Find MIM on Facebook: Facebook.com/MIMphx; Twitter and Instagram: @MIMphx