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Marfa Myths 2017

March 9-12, 2017

Ballroom Marfa & Mexican Summer Present
Marfa Myths
March 9-12, 2017 in Marfa, Texas
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Residents of Presidio, Brewster and Jeff Davis counties may purchase a la carte Marfa Myths tickets at a 50% discount. Please see the Facebook Marfa Group for more details.

“the [Marfa Myths] festival is perhaps the most extreme example in a recent trend toward intimate, meticulously curated music events” – NY Times

“no VIPs, no velvet ropes, just long brambles called ocotillo, which look like the kind of menacing weeds you expect to find on your way into hell – which is to say, Marfa Myths is a music adventurer’s dream.” – Billboard

Marfa Myths expands in size and mind as Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer bring the festival back to Far West Texas for four days in March 2017. So pleased to announce the amazing lineup, which includes Pharoah Sanders, a collaborative performance by Weyes Blood & Perfume Genius, Allah-Las, Roky Erickson, and much more.


Roky Erickson Perfume Genius & Weyes Blood Pharoah Sanders Julia Holter Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids Jenny Hval Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Allah-Las Cate Le Bon Connan Mockasin Presents: Bostyn ‘n Dobsyn Zomes Lonnie Holley Rose Kallal Tonstartssbandht Chulita Vinyl Club Botany & Shingetsu Billy White

Starting things off on Thursday, Texas psychedelic royalty Roky Erickson performs and is honored in a 13th Floor Elevators gallery retrospective curated by Johan Kugelberg. Afterward, poet Eileen Myles and Ballroom Marfa curator Laura Copelin host Dirty Gay Movie Night at the illustrious Crowley Theater.

On Friday, Baltimore duo Zomes perform at Wrong Marfa, and that evening, visual artist and musician Lonnie Holley performs solo and as part of a special collaboration with Florida duo Tonstartssbandht at the Strange Attractor opening at Ballroom Marfa. The group exhibition is curated by Gryphon Rue, and features historical works that take sound, site, and technology as their point of origin. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids bring their spiritual San Francisco sound to an after party at El Cosmico following the Strange Attractor opening.

On Saturday, join us for a late afternoon of transcendent free jazz and experimental pop from Pharoah Sanders and Julia Holter. The marquee Saturday night concert at The Capri features Cate Le Bon, Allah-Las, Jenny Hval, and a Perfume Genius / Weyes Blood collaboration alongside a surprise or two. Marfa Myths closes out on Sunday with the premiere of Connan Mockasin’s new series Bostyn ‘n Dobsyn and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith with visual accompaniment by Rose Kallal.

In addition to unique installations and performances, Marfa Myths also hosts music and art residencies resulting in limited edition recordings and the annual Marfa Myths journal. This year’s participating visual artist is Matthew Craven, while Gustav Ejstes and Reine Fiske of the Swedish band Dungen collaborate with Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere of Woods for the recording residency.

Marfa Myths is an annual music festival and multidisciplinary cultural program founded in 2014 by nonprofit contemporary arts foundation Ballroom Marfa and Brooklyn-based music label Mexican Summer.

Unfortunately, Kyle and Michael of S U R V I V E have cancelled their Stranger Things performance at Marfa Myths. Fortunately, the incredible Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has confirmed in their place to collaborate with Rose Kallal and elevate our Sunday evening at Crowley Theater to even higher heights. If you have any further questions or would like to discuss a ticket refund, please contact

    Marfa Myths has been made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc. Houston; The City of Marfa; The Kirkpatrick Family Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; the Texas Commission on the Arts; the Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; and Ballroom Marfa members.

    Marfa Myths Funders

    Marfa Myths Funders

    Marfa Myths Funders

    In-kind support provided by Big Bend Brewing Company, GEM&BOLT Mezcal, KIND, SAVED Wines, Stumptown Coffee, Stumptown Printers, Tito’s Vodka, and Topo Chico.

    Big Bend Brewing Company, GEM & BOLT Mezcal, and SAVED

    Stumptown Coffee, KIND, and Stumptown Printers

    Topo Chico and Tito's Vodka

    Special thanks to our partners Bazaar Marfa, The Capri, Crowley Theater, Do Your Thing, El Cosmico, Freda, Hotel Saint George, International Women’s Foundation, Judd Foundation, Lost Horse, Marfa Book Company, Marfa Recording Company, Marfa Studio of Arts, Pure Joy, Thunderbird Hotel, UNITED ARTISTS, Ltd., Visit Marfa, The Well, and Wrong Marfa.

    Our media partner is Marfa Public Radio.

    Marfa Public Radio

    Special thanks to Elizabeth Abrahamson; Keith Abrahamsson; Shawn Adams; API Austin; Kaki Auftengarten; Chris Avedon; Lalo Baeza; Cody Barber; Vicki Barge; Rachel Barnhart; Skip Barts; David Beebe; Malinda Beeman; Yvonne Beltran; Yoseff Ben-Yehuda; Lori Beveridge; Brad Bingham; Daniel & Jessie Browning; Meg Burnie; Colt Miller & Logan Caldbeck; Joe Cashiola; Ross Cashiola; Lissa Castro; Vicente Celis; Kent Chandler; Kris Chau; Tom Clapp; Jon Coleman; Matt Craven; Rob Crowley; Tim Crowley; Sean Daly; Anthony DeSimone; Albert Dominguez; Fairfax Dorn & Marc Glimcher; Bailey Elder; Jeff Elrod; Danielle Firoozi; David Fenster; Cuca Flores; Zack Flores; Alec Friedman; Ylana Friedman; Genevieve Gallaway; Mona Garcia; Meghan Gerety; Brian Bagdonas & Rebecca Gilbert; Richard Griggs; Suzi Gruschkus; Mahala Guevara; Rob Gungor; Darby Hillman; Rae Anna Hample; Tilly Hawk; Blake Heidenheimer; Michael & Monika Hotchkiss; Gil Israel; Jon Johnson; Tim Johnson; Buck Johnston; Allison Josefowitz; Josh Jones; Flavin Judd; Rainer Judd; Saarin Keck; Sage Keith; Vance Knowles; Warren Konigsmark; Katie Kopacz; Matt & Mikelle Kruger; Belle Lancaster; Robert Lara; Virginia Lebermann; Paul Levers; Ian Lewis; Susannah Lipsey; The Lot; Minerva Lopez; Gil Lujan; Kyle Lusk; K Lye; Lily Lyons; Alex Marks; Jim Martinez; Jeff Matheis; Lauren Meader; Callie Meeks; Sara Melancon; Natalie Melendez; Renee Mick; Ty Mitchell; Jenny Moore; Caitlin Murray; Eileen Myles; Ann Marie Nafziger; Diana Nguyen; Peggy O’Brien; Riley O’Bryan; Jake Pepper; Elise Pepple; Michael Phelan; Pizza Foundation; Jesse Pollock; Brendan Principato; Chris Ramming; Elizabeth Redding; Barry Reese; Max Reid; Rachel Rember; Mandy Roane; Emma Rogers; Astrid Rosenfeld; Jess Rotter; Simone Rubi; Shelby Sandlin; Josh & Brooke Shepard; Colin Simmons; Suzy Simon; Gory Smelley; Vincent Smith; Andy Stack; Krista Steinhauer; Starr Timmons; Nancy Tovar; Cory Van Dyke; Francois Vaxelaire; John Vogler; Andrea Walsh; Molly Walker; Bridget Weiss; Matt Werth; Casey Whalen; and Emily Williams. And also to our friends at The Big Bend Sentinel, The Chinati Foundation, Hotel Paisano, Riata Inn, and the Marfa community at large.

    Marfa Myths Partners

    Marfa Myths Partners

    Marfa Myths Partners

    Marfa Myths Partners

    Marfa Myths Partners