Imagine Dragons visit Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.
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Imagine Dragons, a popular rock band that was in the Valley on Tuesday to open its new tour, spent some time bringing the power of music to children at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa before the evening concert.

The band from Las Vegas, known for hit songs such as “Radioactive” and “Believer,” put on a mini jam session for young patients in the center’s new music-therapy room, called Sophie’s Place. The visit to the Banner Health facility came just hours before the band’s show at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.

Sophie’s Place, which is donor-supported, was established in memory of Sophie Barton, a girl who dedicated her short life to playing music for sick kids before she died from heart conditions at age 17.

The Grammy award-winning group, made up of lead singer Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman, sat in a circle of children with drums, guitars and tambourines in hand, singing karaoke style to their songs.


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