• UO Happenings: Marfa Myths Music Festival

    Marfa, TX: we are coming for you! We are packing up, hitting the road, and heading to West Texas for one of the most compelling and exciting new festivals we've heard about in a LONG time. Marfa Myths, which happens March 13-15 in the high desert artist enclave of Marfa, TX, has a lineup that pulls from art, film, and music, and we'll be there this weekend to capture the festival and the Marfa experience. Follow along on the blog to read more about our trip, and read on for a closer look at the city and festival lineup.

    Above: Photos by Emma Banks, Lesley Brown, and courtesy of Ballroom Marfa

    To the uninitiated, Marfa is a tiny city in far West Texas, tucked between Bend Bend National Park and the Davis Mountains with a population at about 2,000 people. Six hours west of Austin, three hours southeast of  El Paso, it's safe to call it the middle of nowhere. In 1971, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved from New York to Marfa, drawn to the region by a love of the desert landscape and buying a series of buildings he used to experiment with large-scale art installations. Slowly, Judd worked to develop Marfa into an art community, bringing in the work of other artists for work to remain on permanent display. Since Judd's death in 1994, two foundations have worked to maintain what he started, and waves of artists have gone through Marfa, sustaining its reputation as a tiny hub of culture in the middle of the desert. 

    Outside of Judd's legacy (and…let's be real, Beyonce's 2012 visit), Marfa is also known for the Marfa lights, mysterious lights visible to the southwest on on clear nights between Marfa and the Paisano Pass. The Handbook of Texas writes, "... at times they appear colored as they twinkle in the distance. They move about, split apart, melt together, disappear, and reappear. Presidio County residents have watched the lights for over a hundred years. The first historical record of them dates to 1883."

    Above: Weyes Blood, Connan Mockasin, and views from the 2014 Festival; photos by Alex Marks and Lesley Brown

    The Marfa Myths Festival is presented by NYC music label Mexican Summer and art programmer Ballroom Marfa, and features artists from within and outside of the Mexican Summer roster working creatively and collaboratively across music, cinema, and art. 

    Specifically, the festival will include a recording residency with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, a sound bath created by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, the opening of a solo exhibition by Sam Falls, and a semi-permanent outdoor mural by Liz Harris (Grouper); there will also be live sets from Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin Bajas, LBS., and Suicideyear. Our friends at Marfa shop Freda will also be hosting a pop-up during the duration of the festival, with records from the featured artists and special Marfa wares.

    Buy tickets for the festival and see the whole lineup
    Read our "About A Girl" blog feature on Sarah Murzyn, the Arizona blogger, photographer (and our UO Arizona Instagrammer!) who will be going to the festival
    Read a recipe from Marfa's Comida Futura