The 12th annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love, taking place in its usual location in Marfa, TX this year (September 28- October 1), just added an exciting addition. Fiona Apple (who we just caught at Ohana Fest) will play on the Saturday night! Wilco, Lee Ann Womack, Robert Ellis, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and more are also on this year's lineup. (Jenny Lewis sadly had to cancel due to an illness in her family) Tickets are still available. The full updated lineup is at the at the end of this post.
Meanwhile, filmmaker Peter Gannon has been documenting this one of a kind festival and just launched a website with a trailer for the fest (with footage from 2015). You can watch here:
On a 20 acre empty lot, on the South West corner of highway 67 on the outskirts of Marfa, Texas the Trans Pecos Festival of Music + Love was born.
Liz Lambert, a product of the region, and a fistful of personal friends, allies, and like minded souls "saw it before it was there". IT is a gathering place. IT is hard work and joy in craft. IT is creative freedom. IT became the Trans Pecos Festival of Music + Love. A yearly phenomenon that embodies the aesthetic of the region and the traits of the people who make it possible.
For 12 years the festival has attracted a loyal group of attendees and performers. It is a family reunion, a gathering of the tribes for those who recognize the festival as singular in today’s culture. It feels timeless, even though relatively new. And seems it will go on long after other events come and go.
Marfa, in far West Texas creates a natural barrier to convenience. It requires deliberate action for those who want to get there. The town has had many identities: a railroad water stop, WWI airfield, WWII camp for German Soldiers, cattle ranches, and an internationally renowned art mecca. The distance and effort required to get to Marfa has shaped it and it’s people. All coexisting because they first and foremost are extremely self sufficient and capable, but also quick to help a neighbor.
This website is dedicated to the founders of the Trans Pecos Festival of Music + Love, the artists who perform, and the citizens of Marfa. Marfa is not large, but it leaves a giant impression.
- Peter Gannon
FULL 2017 LIENUP:
LEE ANN WOMACK
ERIKA WENNERSTROM (of Heartless Bastards)
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
With a late night performance by TINA & THE B-SIDES
SERGIO MENDOZA Y LA ORKESTA
with CAMILO LARA & JAY DE LA CUEVA (OF MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND)
With a late night performance by GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA