Marfa Myths, the annual multidisciplinary festival programmed by Mexican Summer andBallroom Marfa, returns for its sixth year to Marfa, Texas on Thu. Apr. 25th through Sun.Apr. 28th. Originally a one-day event presenting five bands at El Cosmico, the festival has greatly expanded, featuring exhibitions, residencies, workshops, performances, and the Marfa Myths journal. Marfa Myths is known for bringing together a diverse range of emerging and established artists working creatively and collaboratively across music, film, and the visual arts, and the 2019 lineup promises to be the festival’s most eclectic and electrifying yet. Additionally, comedy is introduced to the program this year.
Additional performers just announced include Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Jerry Paper, French-born, drummer and composer Makaya McCraven, British DJ Josey Rebelle, and West African country-folk duo Jess Sah Bi and Peter One. Previously announced artists include a host of Texan artists, either of origin or present, including Khruangbin, OG Ron C & The Chopstars, Jon Bap, and Money Chicha. Trailblazers Annette Peacock, Träd, Gräs och Stenar, Vivien Goldman, and The Space Lady, along with their contemporary peersDeerhunter,Nadah El Shazly, Cass McCombs, Photay, Emily A. Sprague, Jess Williamson, and comedians Kate Berlant and John Early will perform.
Each year, Marfa Myths features artists in residence, an annual project between a Mexican Summer alumni and an artistic collaborator. This year’s recording artist in residence will pair Tim Presley with Drugdealer, the project of Michael Collins. The visual artist in residence will beNatalie Anne Howard. Additionally, Marfa Myths will host Connan Mockasin and Cate Le Bonas the festival’s respective painter and wood worker in residence.
This year, Ballroom Marfa‘s spring exhibition features newly commissioned and existing works by three artists with varied approaches to land-based investigations. The primary focus is on the movement of people, myths, plants, and commerce across contested land. The exhibition will present work from Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin, and Fernando Palma Rodríguez. There will be a special performance at the opening reception by Jess Sah Bi and Peter One.
Marfa Myths is inherently embedded in the landscape of Far West Texas and is deeply engaged with Marfa’s cultural history and present-day community. The festival strives to contribute to causes aligning with Marfa’s community. This year designated proceeds will benefit Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), a nonprofit law firm that serves 68 counties in Southwest Texas. TRLA helps low-income clients find safety, protect their fundamental rights, and preserve their economic stability.
Find a full schedule of all the performances and events happening over the weekend here.
Weekend passes for all Marfa Myths events and tickets for individual days are available for purchase here. Early bird discount tickets are now sold out.