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Marfa Myths Highlights, Photos + Thanks

Marfa Myths 2017: Holy cow! We can’t believe it really happened — a year in the making and over in a magical flash. Big love to our partner Mexican Summer; all of the local heroes that worked so hard to create an amazing experience; and all the folks who came from near and far, who made it so special. Some of our highlights…

No Nombres performing outside Marfa Public Radio, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

No Nombres performing outside Marfa Public Radio, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

During the festival, Marfa Public Radio graciously hosted an East-meets-West on-air partnership with Brooklyn’s The Lot Radio. A slew of incredible artists stopped by for interviews, DJ sets, and live performances (we currently have Chulita Vinyl Club‘s DJ set on repeat).

Watch the full archive.

Matt Craven's children's collage workshop at Marfa Studio of Arts, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Matt Craven’s children’s collage workshop at Marfa Studio of Arts, March 11, 2017. Photo by John Vogler.

Our artist-in-residence, Matt Craven, held an awesome children’s collage workshop on Saturday morning during the festival. Big thank you to all the children who attended, Marfa Studio of Arts, and Rae Anna Hample, who helped guide the workshop. We hope the future is a little brighter with collage artists.

Images from Dirty Gay Movie Night

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a night of dirty gay movies, yoga,and song. Extra gratitude to Rae Anna Hample and Eileen Myles for helping us kick off Marfa Myths in such fine style. Read more about Dirty Gay Movie Night here. All photos by Alex Marks. Dirty Gay Movie Night.

Full Marfa Myths 2017 Schedule Now Available

Hear ye hear ye, the full Marfa Myths 2017 schedule is now available! Latest additions: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith! No Nombres! Paul Drummond! We’ll continue to add delights as we get closer to the festival, so keep your eyes peeled. Many thanks to all the artists performing, and our wonderful partners and sponsors.

Buy tickets here.

(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.)

Leo Villareal named Texas Medal of Arts Honoree for Visual Art

Ballroom Marfa is thrilled to announce that Leo Villareal, a member of our board of trustees and El Paso native,has received the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Visual Arts. The Texas Medal of Arts Awards is the Texas Cultural Trust’s signature event and the state’s most prestigious arts gala,honoring amazing Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts here at home and around the world. Villareal is known for his iconic light sculptures including the now permanent installation on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, Bay Lights. Villareal has deep family roots in Marfa and West Texas and we are proud to have him as part of the Ballroom leadership team. Full coverage of the Texas Medal of Arts 2017 can be found here.

Opening Reception for Arturo Bandin’s Grey Good Gardens

BIG THANKS to everyone who joined us for the opening reception of Arturo Bandini’s Grey Goo Gardens. GGG was made possible in part by the generous support of the City of Marfa, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees, and Ballroom Marfa members. Special shout outs to Nick Fisher for once again making the long haul from L.A. to serve his creatively curated cocktails; Jessica Koslow and Scott Barry of Sqirl for the amazing tasty treats; Hotel Brotherhood for an epic performance; and Michael Dopp and Isaac Resnikoff, the brains behind Arturo Bandini. Here are some images from the opening, courtesy of Alex Marks. More photos to come.

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Announcing Marfa Myths 2017: March 9-12


“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 (Collaborative Performance)
Pharoah Sanders
Julia Holter
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Jenny Hval
Cate Le Bon
Connan Mockasin presents: Bostyn ‘n Dobson
Lonnie Holley
Rose Kallal
Botany & Shingetsu Billy White
Chulita Vinyl Club

Starting things off on Thursday, Texas psychedelic royalty Roky Erickson performs and is honored in a 13th Floor Elevators gallery retrospective curated by Boo-Hooray. 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 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 sitcom Bostyn ‘n Dobsyn with a surprise performance to be announced in the new year. 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.

Marfa Myths: Getting to Marfa

Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer are presenting the fourth Marfa Myths over March 9-12, 2017 (buy tickets ). If you’re considering the journey, here are tips on how to get here.

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You can get to Marfa via plane; car; and train.

The closest airports are El Paso and Midland, both about three hours away (directions from each here). Air travel to Marfa can be an all-day affair (unfortunately, there are no direct flights from the East Coast), so just steel yourself. Other notes:

• If you fly into El Paso, rent a car, pick up a snack at Taco Cabana or Pho Tre Bien, and blast the radio (El Paso’s Fox Jukebox is awesome; as you get closer to Marfa, tune in to Marfa Public Radio/KRTS 93.5). Driving after dark can be a bit grueling: if you can schedule it, roll into Marfa around sunset.

• If you are traveling to Marfa from El Paso, please be aware that the time zone changes from Mountain Time Zone to Central Standard Time, and you lose one hour.

• There is a municipal airport in Marfa (three miles from Marfa) and one in Alpine (26 miles from Marfa), which can service most private jets (for a list of charter companies, please see this list). The Marfa Visitor Center offers free pickups to anyone staying in a Marfa hotel or a city-taxed VRBO; and there’s a rental car service at both the Marfa and Alpine municipal airports.
Marfa Municipal Airport: (432) 729-4452
Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport: (432) 837-5929


Marfa, Texas

Marfa Myths: Where to Stay

Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer are presenting the fourth Marfa Myths over March 9-12, 2017 (buy tickets ). Check out our tips on getting to Marfa and read on about lodging options.


Marfa has five hotels (and one B&B):

El Cosmico
El Cosmico is an 18-acre trailer, tent and teepee hotel and campground. Bicycles and wood-fired hot tubs are available to rent. A hammock grove and an outdoor kitchen with a fridge, sink and barbecue grills add to the bohemian vibe. Camping can be risky business in March in West Texas, but why not live dangerously?

Hotel Paisano
West Texas gem. Restored hotel with original architectural details, plus an outdoor pool and a restaurant. The cast of Giant — Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Rock Hudson — stayed here during filming.

Hotel Saint George
The Hotel Saint George offers 55 rooms, great views, two restaurants, and a bar/lounge, right in the heart of downtown Marfa. Texas Monthly voted it one of the ten best places to stay in Texas. The great Marfa Book Company is located in the lobby.

Riata Inn
Roadside motel with big rooms and a cold pool. Cheapest option in town. Note: It’s easier to have a car if you stay here, though you can also rent a bike from Bike Marfa or Bizarro Bikes.

Thunderbird Hotel
1950s motel converted into minimalist-chic retreat with modern art-laden rooms, a pool, and fire pits. Bicycles also available to rent. The cozy Capri restaurant and bar conveniently located across the street.

Marfa also has one bed and breakfast, the Arcon Inn, owned by Mona Garcia, who runs Marfa’s International Women’s Foundation (and reportedly is cousins with Dan Blocker, who played Hoss Cartwright on Bonanza).