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Viva Big Bend Starts Tomorrow

24 Jul 2013

Viva Big Bend 2013 wristband

Our friends over at Viva Big Bend — the annual music festival that spans Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis and Marathon — kicks off tomorrow, July 25. From their website:

Viva Big Bend (July 25-28, 2013) is a celebration of Texas. Part music festival and part music-industry conference, Viva Big Bend showcases the best of the state: extraordinary natural beauty, remarkable and talented people, an independent spirit and an amazing culture. Approximately 55 bands/musicians (with a wide variety of styles represented) are expected to be showcased in at least eight venues this year.

Tons of great bands are playing, including Ballroom alums Primo Carrasco & David Beebe, the Doodlin’ Hogwallops, Cracker (!), the Joe Ely Band, Butch Hancock and many more. Check out the full lineup here, and keep up with all the happenings on their Facebook and Twitter.

And don’t miss their special kids events — schedule listed after the jump.

Far West Texas is For Lovers

8 Feb 2013

Gary P. Nunn poster, designed by Dirk Fowler

Here at Ballroom we’re busy preparing for next weekend’s Valentine’s Dance with Texas country music legend Gary P. Nunn, spreading the word about this special night of Valentine’s romance.

But that’s not the only thing happening this week in the Trans-Pecos to commemorate the Feast of Saint Valentine …

If you’re eager to get an early start on the festivities, Marfa Public Radio is hosting a Sweethearts Ball and silent auction at the Hotel Paisano this Saturday, 9 February 2013. Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 at the door, with proceeds going to benefit public radio in West Texas.

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On the big day itself, Big Bend Brewing Company is hosting a beer-tasting from 4-8pm in Valentine, TX at the “Old Mercantile Building in the middle of town,” featuring performances from The Doodlin’ Hogwallops and Andy Schneider. If you catch the Hogwallops performing their hit single “Valentine Texas” in Valentine, Texas on Valentine’s Day you’re guaranteed some kind of good luck in love in 2013, right?

And then of course we’ll be capping off this most romantic of weeks with Gary at Ballroom Marfa on Friday, 15 February 2013. Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.