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Ballroom Marfa Presents: Calder Allen

August 29, 2024


Marfa, Texas

Calder Allen

August 29

The Capri Marfa


Ballroom is pleased to present a Fall 2024 music series full of romance, nostalgia, and invention. This series featuring four musical acts, from across the Americas and spanning genres, will illuminate each of these artists’ unique ways of connecting with Marfa and its particular geographical, social, and cultural landscape – and with one another.

To open the series on August 29, Ballroom presents Calder Allen. Allen’s singer-songwriter sound is timeless, and his lineage as the grandson of Terry Allen and a fifth-generation Texan are evident in his songs about love of the land and life on the road. Sometimes soaring, sometimes stripped-down, Allen’s music is deeply rooted and his lyrics enduringly honest.

Calder Allen

Calder Allen is a fifth generation Texan, a tried and true Austinite. His family on his mom’s side settled in the state capital in the 1890s. His dad’s side settled in Lubbock, and with that combination one can’t help but notice the deep-rooted Texan Earth from which he emerged. Calder has always written poems and stories, drawn and illustrated, but his true passion is music. He began taking it seriously after tearing his ACL for a second time in high school. He hasn’t looked back since.

If Calder’s not writing or performing, chances are he’s knee-deep in the water fly fishing. Calder’s brother, Sled, introduced him to the fly fishing way of life at a very early age, and the passion stuck. Calder’s life philosophy is intertwined between the way he approaches music and fishing. “They both really calm me and make me pay extreme attention to whatever environment I am in. Allen approaches all of his songs the same way. He says, “When I write and make songs, I am doing it based on my experiences and the meaning they have for me. I want the listeners to decide how they feel personally about them and grab what they can as they relate to their own personal lives.” There are a few core tenants that Calder operates with. “I just want to create with intent. I want my songs to be pure, honest, and representative of who I am, what I believe, and what I would like the world to be”.