Information and Photos Courtesy of the Musical Instrument Museum

Combat the August heat with cool performances at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). An eclectic assortment of musical artists will perform throughout the month. Below are just a handful, many more may be found on their website.

The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. Find showtimes, ticket prices, COVID-19 safety protocols, and a full list of upcoming events at

Kathy Mattea
Aug. 10 & 11
Twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association, Kathy Mattea established herself in the late 1980s and 1990s as an artist at ease with both country tradition and free-ranging innovation and as a masterful “songcatcher” with a keen sense of songs and songwriting. In 1990, the West Virginia native won the first of her two Grammy Awards: A Best Female Country Vocal Performance award for her moving “Where’ve You Been,” cowritten by her husband, Jon Vezner.

Aug. 13
Local Latin band Jaleo faithfully and festively reproduces the Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Colombian rhythms they draw upon for inspiration. The versatile multicultural ensemble plays a wide variety of Latin styles, including salsa, Latin jazz, cumbia, merengue, bachata, bolero, and cha-cha. Their arrangements and interpretations highlight the joy in the music of the past and present.

Lee Perreira
Aug. 19
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Lee Perreira combines classic blues riffs with a soulfully textured vocal style. His music finds its life in his continuous and passionate pursuit of musical excellence. Perreira is a regular performer, averaging over 300 events throughout the United States every year. The award-winning artist has opened for and sat in with blues legend Buddy Guy, opened for James Bay at Mix 96.9’s sold-out Spring Thing, and shared the night with such amazing artists as Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr., Train, the Fray, INXS, and Journey.

Gerald Albright
Aug. 26
Playing both saxophone and bass, Albright was the consummate session and touring musician in the 1980s, working with such artists as Anita Baker, Atlantic Starr, The Temptations, Maurice White, the Winans, and Whitney Houston. He launched his solo saxophone career in the 1980s and has been a core part of the smooth jazz genre. In the late 1990s, he led a big band for and toured with pop star Phil Collins, and he released a record of romantic ballads with R&B singer Will Downing called Pleasures of the Night.