Marfa Dialogues

The Rat Trap Ball with the Royal Butchers

Royal Butchers

2010 November

Saturday 20 November 2010
Doors at 9 pm | Show at 10 pm
The Lost Horse Saloon (formerly Ray’s Bar)
Marfa, TX
$5 at the door

On Saturday, November 20, 2011, Ballroom Marfa presents Austin, Tx’s The Rat Trap Ball. Festivities take place at the brand new Lost Horse Saloon here in Marfa, featuring Rat Trap Ball house band, The Royal Butchers. In the word of its creators, “The Rat Trap Ball is an underground 45 rpm dance party from beyond the reach of sanity. The extreme forms of true blue rock n’ roll will be well represented: crude garage, perverse R&B, and hick boppers. It’s a worshipful and ecstatic experience, almost like church. A twisted and futuristic church of outsider American rock n’ roll, where you don’t get saved and you don’t behave.”

The Royal Butchers have been the house band of The Rat Trap Ball at some of the ricketiest dives and dumps in Austin. Their sound is a pounding & rattling agglomeration of Texas garage rock n’roll. It’s elemental animal music played with the intention of bringing strange people together to celebrate our true nature as beasts of the night. The Royal Butchers is the latest project from critically acclaimed songwriter Aaron Blount, formerly of Knife in The Water.

Doors at 9 pm, and The Royal Butchers perform at 10 pm. Rat Trap DJs play until close. Bring your dancing shoes!

Listen to a live radio interview and on-air performance with The Royal Butchers on Friday, November 19 at 3.30 PM on KRTS 93.5 FM or streaming live at

    Listen to Marfa Public Radio’s Talk at Ten interview with The Royal Butchers.

    Special thanks to Marfa Recording Co., Marfa Industries, the Lost Horse Saloon, and Marfa Public Radio for all their help.