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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
Cate Le Bon
Connan Mockasin Presents: Bostyn ‘n Dobsyn
Lonnie Holley
Rose Kallal
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

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    Marfa Myths has been made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc. Houston; 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

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

    Big Bend Brewing Company and SAVED

    Topo Chico, Stumptown Printers, and KIND

    Tito's Vodka

    Special thanks to our partners Bazaar Marfa, The Capri, Crowley Theater, 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

    Thanks to Elizabeth Abrahamson, Shawn Adams, Kaki Auftengarten, Lalo Baeza, Vicki Barge, Yvonne Beltran, Daniel & Jessie Browning, Meg Burnie, Colt Miller & Logan Caldbeck, Ross Cashiola, Vicente Celis, Jon Coleman, Rob Crowley, Tim Crowley, Jeff Elrod, Danielle Firoozi, David Fenster, Cuca Flores, Ylana Friedman, Genevieve Gallaway, Mona Garcia, Meghan Gerety, Brian Bagdonas & Rebecca Gilbert, Richard Griggs, Suzi Gruschkus, Mahala Guevara, Rob Gungor, Rae Anna Hample, Tilley Hawk, Blake Heidenheimer, Jon Johnson, Tim Johnson, Buck Johnston, Allison Josefowitz, Flavin Judd, Rainer Judd, Vance Knowles, Matt & Mikelle Kruger, Belle Lancaster, Virginia Lebermann, Susannah Lipsey, The Lot, Minerva Lopez, K Lye, Alex Marks, Jim Martinez, Jeff Matheis, Sara Melancon, Natalie Melendez, Caitlin Murray, Ty Mitchell, Ann Marie Nafziger, Peggy O’Brien, Elise Pepple, Michael Phelan, Rachel Rember, Mandy Roane, Astrid Rosenfeld, Simone Rubi, Josh & Brooke Shepard, Suzy Simon, Gory Smelley, Vincent Smith, Andy Stack, Krista Steinhauer, Starr Timmons, Cory Van Dyke, Francois Vaxelaire, Andrea Walsh, Molly Walker, Bridget Weiss, Emily Williams, our friends at The Big Bend Sentinel, The Capri, 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