Influential singer-songwriter, Martha Redbone, will explore the music of Appalachia as she returns to the MIM Music Theater. Her performance comes after the release of her latest roots album, The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake. It is a collection of eighteenth-century poems set to the music of Appalachia. It was produced by John McEuen, founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The album interwinds elements of folk, gospel, stomp chants, and soul music.
Embracing her Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, Martha Redbone has long been a champion of Native American culture. She gives frequent talks on Indigenous rights and holds an annual music workshop with the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp. Her album Skintalk is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) as an example of contemporary Native American music. She was also featured in NMAI’s exhibit “Up Where We Belong- Native Americans in Popular Culture”.
About Martha Redbone
Since breaking onto the scene at the 2002 Native American Music Awards, Martha Redbone has earned a solid reputation as a sought-after collaborator, performer, educator, and mentor all across North America and abroad. Over the year’s she has proudly retraced the path of her unique mixed American heritage back to its earliest source. While Americana and roots music is her natural homecoming, Redbone is an artist who has never been chained by borders. In 2009 she received the opportunity of a lifetime, performing at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Nations Ball to celebrate the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.
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.
Martha Redbone will be playing on Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. at the MIM Music Theater (Musical Instrument Museum) located at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050.
Ticket Price: $33.50–$45.50. To purchase 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.