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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.

Marfa Myths

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).

Marfa Myths: FAQ

Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer are presenting the Marfa Myths festival over March 9-12, 2017 (buy tickets ). Learn how to get here and where to stay, and check out our Marfa FAQ.


Where is Marfa?
Marfa is a small town of 2000 in Far West Texas, about three hours southeast of El Paso. For general info about Marfa, download our visitor guide — which has details about eating, tours, and shopping — or visit and Marfalist, where you can find event postings, ride shares, and more.

How much are tickets?
All-access passes are $160. A la carte tickets to individual shows range from $30 to $45. Visit the Marfa Myths ticket page for details.

How do I get to Marfa?
You can get to Marfa via car; plane; and train. If flying, fly into the Midland or El Paso airport, then rent a car to drive the remaining distance. Check out our Getting Here page for more info.

Where should I stay?
Marfa has five hotels — El Cosmico, Hotel Paisano, Hotel Saint George, Thunderbird Hotel, and Riata Inn — as well as many AirBnBs and VRBOs. There are also good options in both Fort Davis and Alpine. See our lodging recommendations for suggestions.

Are you selling a la carte event tickets?
Yes, individual tickets to each performance are available online. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the show per availability.

Where are my tickets?
All tickets are available at will call only – no tickets will be mailed. Please print or save your confirmation email for your records and bring it with you.

Can I get a refund?
Tickets are non-refundable, but we are happy to transfer your ticket to someone else’s name if you can no longer attend. Please email to transfer a ticket.

Is it all ages?
Yes, Marfa Myths is an all-ages festival. Remember to bring your ID to all venues should you want to drink alcohol.

What is your photo policy?
You are welcome to take photos and video for personal use – just be sure to tag us with #marfamyths. For press, please email us at for more info. (Note: absolutely no drones allowed.)

Are you looking for volunteers?
Not at this time, but feel free to email us at

What should I bring?
We recommend bringing sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks, water bottle, layers (weather in March can fluctuate), maybe a hat, and a great attitude.

Can I camp?
Yes, El Cosmico offers camping. Just be aware that the temperatures in March can be chilly, so come prepared. Don’t have gear? El Cosmico has huckleberry tents for sale and sleeping bags to rent, or you can rent one of their safari tents (which have beds with heated mattress pads, in case the temperatures drop).

Can I bring my RV?
Please do! There are three RV camping locations in the area — Apache Pines RV Park, Tumble In RV Park, and El Cosmico. See our lodging page for more details.

Are there discounts for locals?
Yes! Tri-County residents can receive half-off a la carte tickets online with a special promo code, which is only available locally. Not valid on bundles.

What if I have more questions?
Email us at — we’re happy to help. And during the fest, stop by Marfa Myths headquarters at Ballroom Marfa to get info, pick up maps, buy merch, and more.

For general info about Marfa, you can download our visitor guide — which has more details about eating, tours, and shopping — or visit and, where you can find housing suggestions, ride shares, and more.

Marfa Myths: Insider Tips

Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer are presenting the fourth Marfa Myths over March 9-12, 2017 (buy tickets ). To prepare for your visit to Marfa, check out our most insider-y tips.

Montezuma quail.
You could see a Montezuma quail at the bird blind at the Davis Mountains State Park. Photo courtesy of Davis Mountains State Park.

Laura Copelin, curator
I love Mano! And CDRI, is that what I said before? And the bird blind at the Ft. Davis State Park!

Marfa Myths: Dining

Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer are presenting the fourth Marfa Myths over March 9-12, 2017, and we hope you’re coming out for it (buy tickets ). Check out how to get here and where to stay, and read on for tips on eating in town.

Marfa Myths

Remember: Marfa is a town of 1900-ish people. It’s not a big city that offers all-hours convenience. Restaurants have odd hours, or can be closed unexpectedly.
Or open unexpectedly. When it comes to eating, just keep an open mind, be patient, adjust your expectations, and take comfort that Stripes (East location, YO!) is open 24-7.

Boyz 2 Men
Boyz 2 Men/Bad Hombres. Courtesy of David Beebe’s Instagram.

Marfa Myths: Things to Do

Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer are presenting the fourth Marfa Myths over March 9-12, 2017 (buy tickets ). Check out how to get here and where to stay, and read on for tips about what to do during your visit.


Obviously there are loads of things to do in Marfa (wandering, shopping, eating, gallery cruising), but if you’re the more ambitious sort, here are a few around-town or near-town journeys:

Chinati Foundation
We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the Chinati Foundation, the contemporary art museum based upon the ideas of its founder, artist Donald Judd. If you have any interest in contemporary art, or Minimalism, you really shouldn’t miss it. See the suite of tours here.

Judd Foundation
Judd Foundation holds and maintains artist Donald Judd’s private living and working spaces in Marfa, Texas. Comprised of a total of 15 spaces, these properties include studios installed with artwork by Judd and others, living quarters, ranch and architecture offices, and libraries, many of which are available to tour. As part of Marfa Myths, Judd Foundation is hosting an open viewing of The Block on Saturday, March 11, from 10am-1pm.

Graham Reynolds and Pancho Villa in the Big Bend Sentinel


Photo by John Daniel Garcia

John Daniel Garcia talks with Graham Reynolds about the inspiration behind his Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance opera for the Big Bend Sentinel

For Reynolds, who majored in Latin American history in college, the addition of Mexican culture was an important factor in choosing the subject of the opera.

“I wanted to dive more deeply into the landscape and the culture of Mexico and the West Texas border,” he said, adding that a trip to Mexico at age 9 sparked a life-long interest and affinity for the culture. “That trip with my parents was transformative. For the opera, we got [Mexico City-based theater collective] Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol for the libretto. That was really important to me. I needed to have Mexican and Mexican-American collaborators for this project.”

Keep reading at Big Bend Now, and find more information about Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance at The production premieres in Marfa tonight, Friday November 11,

Ballroom’s 2016 Benefit Auction is LIVE!

Rashid Johnson The Crowd, 2016

Rashid Johnson
The Crowd, 2016

As part of our upcoming New York Gala honoring David Byrne and Jill Soloway, Ballroom Marfa and Paddle8 invite you to join us for an in-person and online benefit auction. Online bidding begins TODAY, Friday November 4, 2016, and closes at 10pm on Monday November 14. Bidding on select works will conclude as part of the live auction at the November 14 New York Gala. For details on specific lots, please visit Paddle8. The auction features works by John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Tara Donovan, Sam Falls, Loie Hollowell, Rashid Johnson, Paul McCarthy, Ed Ruscha, Yutaka Sone, Leo Villareal, Mary Weatherford, and more. See full list of available auction items by clicking here. All proceeds from the auction will support Ballroom Marfa as we continue to produce ambitious exhibitions; commission extraordinary works that are site-specific and site-inspired; enable profound cultural happenings and connections; and share the landscape of the Big Bend with a diversity of artists and musicians.
Larry Bell SF 6.16.12A, 2012

Larry Bell
SF 6.16.12A, 2012

Loie Hollowell Lingam Twist in Red and Green, 2016

Loie Hollowell
Lingam Twist in Red and Green, 2016

Mary Weatherford Union Avenue, 2012

Mary Weatherford
Union Avenue, 2012

Leo Villareal Target, 2016

Leo Villareal
Target, 2016

Michael Dopp Untitled, 2016

Michael Dopp
Untitled, 2016

Sam Falls Untitled (Absentee 2), 2013 Sam Falls
Untitled (Absentee 2),