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Genre-busting Raul Midón comes to Prescott

Raul Midón is performing as the second of three Cabaret performances at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Friday, Nov. 16. (Michael Grady/Courtesy)

Raul Midón is performing as the second of three Cabaret performances at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Friday, Nov. 16. (Michael Grady/Courtesy)

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Raul Midón is performing at the Yavapai College Performing Art Center Friday, Nov. 16 as the second cabaret performer this season.

Midón released his 10th album, “If You Really Want,” was released in September following March’s “Bad Ass and Blind,” which received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. When it comes down to it, Midón said he’s just always been interested in making music.

“I’ve kind of got my priorities straight. I’m always making the music that I want to hear,” he said. “I also built my own studio so that helps a lot. I don’t need to get anyone’s permission to record.”

Tickets for Midón’s 7:30 p.m. show have been selling rapidly and currently the only tickets left are $44 which is for seating in rows on risers and a $4 service fee will be added to each ticket. The price includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and desserts, coffee and tea. A cash bar is available.

Using his tenor voice and guitar, Midón has said he goes beyond the notions of genre because he’s always looked at music as music.

“Genres are sort of little boxes that are partially made so people can have something to expect and it makes it easier to sell something,” he said. “There are those of us who are interested in making music first and foremost over everything else. For me, that’s where I’ve established a name. I can go anywhere and play for small audiences, but I play and I get audiences everywhere in the world.”

Midón said he’s trying to put something into the world that isn’t there already and that he wants people who are open to what he’s thinking about and doing. The inspiration for the songs he writes comes from different places, he said. Music itself inspires him a lot as does his love of literature, Midón said, noting that to write you have to read.

People have most likely been to a lot of shows over the years, but his is going to be something a little different, he said. Those who are into seeing something different, something that they’ve not quite seen anything like before, they should come to the show, Midón said.

“I think what I do is unlike what anybody else does,” he said. “There are elements of course, I play guitar and I sing, but it’s not your average singer/songwriter strumming a guitar show.”

Tickets are available online at, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the box office. Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St.

Midón is the second of three cabaret performers Yavapai College is presenting this season. The third and final performance is by Irish tenor Emmet Cahill on Friday, April 26.

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