marfa, texas
~ 2017

march 9-12

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. With Marfa Myths our organizations bring together a diversity of emerging and established artists and musicians to work creatively and collaboratively across music, film, and visual arts contexts. The noncommercial festival is inherently embedded in the landscape of Far West Texas, and deeply engaged with Marfa’s cultural history and present-day community.
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Memories From Marfa Myths

Marfa Myths x The Lot Radio

Artist Lineup

Roky Erickson / Perfume Genius & Weyes Blood / Pharoah Sanders
Julia Holter / Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids / Jenny Hval
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith / Allah-Las / Cate Le Bon
Connan Mockasin presents: Bostyn 'n Dobsyn
Zomes / Lonnie Holley / Rose Kallal / Tonstartssbandht
Botany & Shingetsu Billy White / Chulita Vinyl Club

about marfa myths

Marfa Myths is defined by its staging in the high desert, and the unique structures and art-historical settings of its hosting town. Many of the events within the festival are one-off happenings designed to resound with specific Marfa locales. These are the site-specific and site-inspired works and performances at the heart of the Marfa Myths, and are an expression of the festival’s mission.

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. 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 a late night 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 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.

Past Marfa Myths have featured performances, installations, and workshops from Parquet Courts, No Age, Connan Mockasin’s Wet Dream, Dungen, Lower Dens, Fred & Toody (of Dead Moon), William Basinski, Hailu Mergia, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Quilt, Heron Oblivion, Sheer Mag, Pill, Raum with Paul Clipson, Mary Lattimore, Maria Chavez, Weyes Blood, David Fenster, Rob Mazurek, Grouper, Iceage, Dev Hynes, Connan Mockasin, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Suicideyear, Gregg Kowalsky, LBS., Co La, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Bitchin Bajas, and more.

Marfa Myths events and happenings have been staged in collaboration with Building 98, The Capri, Chinati Foundation, CineMarfa, El Cosmico, The Crowley Theater, Do Your Thing, Food Shark, Freda, Judd Foundation, The Lumberyard, Marfa Book Co., Marfa Public Radio, The Well, and Wrong Marfa.


Getting Here


The closest airports are El Paso and Midland, both about three hours away (directions from each here). 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. The Marfa Visitor Center offers free pickups to anyone staying in a Marfa hotel or a city-taxed VRBO; and apparently there’s a rental car service at both the Marfa and Alpine municipal airports.


If you’re driving from Austin, it takes seven hours; from San Antonio, six hours. Houston and Dallas are about 9-10 hours away. Los Angeles is 17 hours, which is a lovely road trip, with plenty of nice spots to stop (Tucson! Sedona! Roswell!). Directions:

From the east: Take Interstate 10 West to Ft. Stockton. Exit onto Highway 67 South. Travel 47 miles to where Highway 67 South intersects with Highway 90 West (right around Alpine). Continue on Highway 67/90 for 34 miles until you reach Marfa.

From the west: Take Interstate 10 East to Van Horn. Exit onto Highway 90 East. Travel 74 miles to Marfa. (You’ll also pass Prada Marfa on Highway 90, about 35 miles from Marfa. It will be on your right, just before you enter the town of Valentine, Texas.) Driving time: approximately three hours from El Paso; 17 hours from Los Angeles. Please note El Paso and Marfa are in different time zones.

From the north: From Midland/Odessa, take Interstate 20 West to Pecos. In Pecos, turn left onto Highway 17 South. Travel Highway 17 South through Balmorhea, Ft. Davis, and into Marfa.

From the south: Take Highway 67 North from Presidio to Marfa.


You can take Amtrak to Alpine, which is 26 miles away from Marfa. From there, you can rent a car from Alpine Auto Rental or find a pickup on



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

El Cosmico
Hotel Paisano
Hotel Saint George
Riata Inn
Thunderbird Hotel
Arcon Inn

Marfa VRBO and airbnb

There are many great houses and rooms available for rent in the area — check out all the options on VRBO and airbnb.


Looking for adventure? Bring your RVS and campers and hunker down in some of our local RV parks.

Apache Pines RV Park
El Cosmico
Tumble In RV Park

Alpine and Fort Davis

If you can’t find anything in Marfa, never fear! Fort Davis and Alpine are close at hand, 21 and 26 miles away respectively (basically the length of your average commute). Our recommendations below.


Alpine is a university town, so there are lots of budget lodging options. Please see the Alpine Chamber of Commerce for the full list.

Antelope Lodge
Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn Express
The Holland Hotel
The Maverick Inn

Fort Davis

A mere 20 minutes from Marfa, Fort Davis is one of our favorite getaways. For all lodging options, visit the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce.

Butterfield Inn Cottages
Harvard Hotel
Hotel Limpia
Indian Lodge in Davis Mountains State Park
Stone Village Tourist Camp


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 more 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 our 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 airbnb and VRBOs. There are also good options in both Fort Davis and Alpine. See our lodging recommendations for suggestions.

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.

Are you selling a la carte event tickets?

Yes, individual tickets to each performance are available here. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the show per availability.

Is it all ages?

Yes, Marfa Myths is an all-ages festival (and children under 13 get in free). 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 section for more details.

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.

Things to remember

·Marfa is a small town of 2000 people, and doesn’t have the conveniences of a large city. Adjust your expectations and see these quirks as part of the adventure.

·If you are flying into El Paso, or driving from the West, be aware that you will pass through a Border Patrol Checkpoint on your way to Marfa.

·Looking to carpool or need a pickup at the El Paso or Midland airport? Try posting on Marfalist.

·We’re in the high desert, about a mile above sea level, and the altitude and dryness can be hard on newcomers. Stay hydrated!

·Bring layers. Marfa can have unexpected cold spells in March.

·Be aware of law enforcement and obey all laws. Don't speed, and wear your seatbelt.

·West Texas often has a burn ban in place. Please exercise caution with anything that produces a spark, including ashes or cigarettes.

·All tickets are non-refundable and 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 to the festival.

·If you have any questions, email us at


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.

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

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 Public Radio, Marfa Recording Company, Thunderbird Hotel, UNITED ARTISTS, Ltd., Visit Marfa, The Well, and Wrong Marfa.


For more information about Marfa Myths, please email us at

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