Presented by Mesa Arts Center

 

Box Office Hours: TUE-SAT 12P-5P

 

The Mirage Summer Music Series features a collection of national, international and local musicians with shows from July 20 to August 24, 2024 and is the perfect way to beat the summer heat!

 

This eclectic six-show line-up offers Jazz, Folk, Soul, World, Classical and much more.

 

Giovanni Kiyingi

Sat, Jul 20

 

Giovanni Kiyingi, is a talented Ugandan folk singer-songwriter and world music artist, captivates audiences worldwide with his extraordinary skills as a multi-instrumentalist. His mastery of diverse instruments such as the local Ugandan Endingidi, Akogo, Adungu, Endere, Djembe, Embuutu, Calabash, Congas, and more, sets him apart in the music industry.

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Inkblot

Sat, Jul 27

 

Inkblot is an original, instrumental, genre-bending quartet from Phoenix Arizona. Melding ambient soundscapes, advanced rhythmic concepts and influences from across the board, this group seeks to find a modern sound while honoring the jazz tradition by using their compositions as a platform for improvisation.

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Dirt Rhodes

Sat, Aug 3

 

Dirt Rhodes is a Diné musician from Fort Defiance, Arizona, located on the Navajo Nation. His first release "Navajo Country Music" was released in September of 2020. Since, he's graced stages of the southwest with Rez Country sounds. With influences from Texas, Nashville, and The Navajo Nation, Dirt Rhodes aims to highlight Indigenous peoples' long history with Country and Western music.

 

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Las Calakas

Sat, Aug 10

 

Las Calakas are a six piece Cumbia Fusion band based out of sunny Phoenix, Arizona! Las Calakas made their debut in 2018 and have released two albums to date with a third one set to be released in late 2024. Since their debut, Las Calakas have gained quite the following around Phoenix with a very wide fan base. Las Calakas also created their own event which they host and headline once a year titled “Cumbia Till You Drop” which is usually held at the Crescent Ballroom! You can find Las Calakas on all social media platforms, follow them to stay up to date on all upcoming performances.

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Morphia Slow

Sat, Aug 17

 

Morphia Slow is a four piece project fronted by Allene Dugan, a lyricist and visual artist living in Phoenix, Arizona. Her songs conflate unrequited love with sadomasochism, find identity in the crevices of mountains, and reveal the tender capabilities of an unreliable narrator. She refers to her genre as Folk-Murder-Pop, pulling inspiration from traditional folk songs with the added hyper awareness and angst of a new generation. Allene’s vocals rupture through with a staggeringly strong powerhouse alto. The band delicately backs these songs; creating lazy sways and driving climaxes. Morphia Slow occupies a sonic space that would fill the largest venues reserved for rock royalty of the past, but maintains the intimacy and vulnerability of their “bedroom pop” contemporaries. 

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Driftwood Quintet

Sat, Aug 24

 

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the Driftwood Quintet is a chamber group dedicated to crossing genres and bending boundaries in classical music. Through the work of Driftwood's arrangers, a performance can feature anything from orchestral masterworks or piano works to the imaginative soundtracks from the greatest video games and films. Driftwood also seeks to create memorable experiences through collaborations with artists from a variety of disciplines, ranging from jazz musicians and singer/songwriters to dancers and visual artists.

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