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The multicultural, multimedia centennial legacy project, “I am Arizona Music” at the Musical Instrument Museum explores a century of uniquely Arizonan musical traditions.

Cowboy Music

Arizona musicians contributed significantly to the iconography of the “wild west.” Movies and recordings featuring the work of Arizona artists helped satisfy the craving for stories of the open range.

Arizona Musicians

Music lovers 16 to 60 are likely fans of Arizona’s wide range of popular musicians. Celebrate the careers of the Father of Chicano music, "Lalo Guerrero," jazz trombonist Russell "Big Chief" Moore, and rock icons Duane Eddy, Linda Ronstadt, Alice Cooper, and Stevie Nicks, and find out how Calexico's tunes are inspired by the Arizona desert.

Music without Borders: Waila, Mariachi, and Tejano Music

Variations of traditional Mexican music have been evolving in the region since before Arizona gained statehood. Though these distinct sounds share Latin roots, they all capture a different side of the Arizona Experience.

Steward Mirror Lab
Dr. Roger Angel of the Steward Mirror Lab explains the process of casting mirrors almost three stories tall!

Dr. Roger Angel of the Steward Mirror Lab explains the process of casting mirrors almost three stories tall!

Lalo Guerrero Performance
Watch Lalo Guerrero play a medley of old favorites, including “No Chicanos on TV.”

Watch Lalo Guerrero play a medley of old favorites, including “No Chicanos on TV.”

Calexico’s Joey Burns
Calexico’s Joey Burns chats about the band’s journey toward success.

Calexico’s Joey Burns chats about the band’s journey toward success.

I Am AZ Music
“I Am AZ Music” curator Dr. Cullen Strawn reveals the unique attributes that give Arizona music its flair.

“I Am AZ Music” curator Dr. Cullen Strawn reveals the unique attributes that give Arizona music its flair.

Tucson Waila Festival

Hear the upbeat rhythms of waila music while Tucson Waila Festival co-founder Angelo Joaquin Jr. explains its origins and history.

Each one of the American Indian tribes in Arizona create a distinctive type of music. Canyon...

While Coronado’s expedition through Arizona in 1540 did not locate gold, the explorers sailed...

Stories of riches from the shipwrecked conquistador Cabeza de Vaca sparks a quest for gold and...

The founder of a silver mine near Tubac helps establish the Arizona Territory, becomes its first...