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
Special thank you to Liz Lambert, Bobby Johns, Isabel McKeon, Andi Palacios, everyone at El Cosmico, Erin Lee Smith, Tift Merritt, David Garza, Ginger Griffice, Rob Crowley, Tom Michael, Ben Kweller, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mex Institute of Sound, Portugal. the Man, Dr Grandpa.
This could not have happened without the love and support from Melissa Mapes, Friendshop!, Michael Distlekamp, Adam Roe, Garrett Crabb, Rodrigo Melgarejo, Greg Armstrong, and Christopher Keyes.