Viva-Terlingua Festival Calendar of Events

Here’s the first tentative schedule for the 2014 Viva-Terligua Festival.

It is absolutely certain that this will change before show time. I’m putting it up for comments and suggestions. I’ve tried to honor everybody’s requests concerning day and time.

If you have comments or suggestions, send ‘em to Pat at

It’s is almost certain that I’ve left somebody out accidentally and/or put somebody in the wrong slot.  Just let me know.

Thursday, Aug 14 – The Thirsty Goat, Lajitas


8-9 Virginia Heaven

7-8 Jeff Haislip

6-7 Jeffro Greasewood

5-6 George Goss

Thursday, Aug 14 – The Starlight Theatre, Terlingua

10-12 Joe King Carrasco – full band!

8:30- 9:30 Andres Cantisani

7:30 – 8:30 Carlos Maxwell

6:30 – 7:15 Collie Ryan

Friday, Aug. 15 – The Thirsty Goat

10-12 The Staylyns

9-10 Tom Ben Lindley

8-9 Gill Prather


6-7 Alex and Marti Whitmore


Friday, Aug 15 – Starlight

10:00 – 12:00 Los Pinche Gringos

9- 10 Tiny Purple Fishes

8-9 The March Divide

7-8 Jesse Brand

6-7 Laird Considine

5-6 Jalepeno Schwartz

4-5 Jeff Haislip


Saturday, Aug. 16 – Thirsty Goat

10:30-12 The March Divide

8:15-9:15 DB Rouse

7:15-8:15 Jaeger Wells

6:15-7:15 The New Vagabonds

5:15-6:15 Dr. Fun

4:00 – 5:00 Jason Blum


Saturday, Aug. 16 – Starlight

10- 12 Bottom Dollar String Band

9- 10 Matt Harlan

8-9 Jesse Brand

7-8 DB Rouse

6-7 Ma N God

5-6 Al Barlow


Sunday, Aug. 17 – Thirsty Goat

8-10 Andres’ Cantisani

7-8 Aaran Todd

6-7 Tahoma

5-6  Al Barlow

4-5  Trevor Hickle

Sunday, Aug 17 – Starlight

10 – 12 The Shady Rest Trio

8:30 – 9:30 Matt Harlan

7:30-8:30 Jeremy Stedding

6:30 – 7: 30  Radio Restoration

5:30 – 6:30 Alex and Marti Whitmore

5:00 – 5:30 Jason Blum

4:30 – 5:00 George Goss



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Parades, Fireworks, Party at the Pool – 4th of July in Terlingua

The 4th of July celebrations in Terlingua were fun this year.

There was a parade and burger-bash on the 4th and an outdoor pool party with live blues by the Fabulous Vortexans on the 5th.

Saturday, the 4th, the American Legion post hosted a burger and hot-dog feast after the parade.

The parade itself was impressive, but held way too early in the day. The idea was that at 10:30 in the morning it would be cool enough that people would enjoy sitting on the side of the road watching the parade.

Although the concept was good, it turns out that Terlinguans would rather deal with the heat than get up early. I missed the parade, but made it to the party.

Saturday, there was a celebration and inauguration at the Lajitas Golf Resort. After a hotly contested election and run-off, Claymore Henry, the goat, beat out George Goss, local celebrity for the office of Mayor.

From the 50′s until just a few years ago Lajitas has had a goat for Mayor named Clay Henry. Previous goat/Mayors were famous for drinking beer. It’s unknown if Claymore will have a taste for the brew, but odds are that he will. It runs in the family – he’s a direct descendent of the original Clay Henry.

So, Saturday Lajitas hosted a party at the pool to introduce the new Mayor. Big Bend Brewing Company provided beer.  BBQ, burgers, and hot dogs were available. And local blues band, The Fabulous Vortexans, provided the music.

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George Goss provided entertainment at the burger bash on the 4th.

Wes Abbot enjoyed the party.

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Who’s coming to Viva-Terlingua Festival?

Viva Terlingua Festival is starting to shape up into a fun, busy, slightly crazy event.

You can get your tickets/wristbands now at

People from all over are entering the Film, Photo and Songwriting contests… We’ll know which walls will be used for photos once we know how many photos we’ve got to work with… we’re not going to run out of walls. We’ve got an entire resort to work with. We’ve also got a few high-profile films that will be showing – “The Road to Austin” by Gary Fortin

downloadand Vanessa Cook is bringing “Breadwinner.

 Vanessa Cook

Vanessa Cook

 Trash Dance!

Trash Dance!



The music line-up is starting to come together.  I’m still talking with some potential headliners, but we’ve already got an amazing show lined up.

There’s so much local talent-  I’m so looking forward to showing the world the quality of singer/songwriter we’ve got down here.  Here are a few that we’ll be seeing.  Remember that musicians live interesting lives and this is the first festival we’ve put on out here…  this line-up will expand and change between now and the day of the show.


 Joe King Carrasco Band!

Joe King Carrasco Band!

Jesse Brand is going to take a break from writing sessions for Garth Brooks’ latest CD to join us!

 Jesse Brand

Jesse Brand

NEW!!  The Bottom Dollar String Band just signed on to play the Fest!

 Bottom Dollar String Band

Bottom Dollar String Band

One of my favorite people, who just happens to be a huge star in Mexico, will be playing the fest.  Welcome Andres Cantisani!  

Andres Cantisani

Andres Cantisani!

 Matt Harlan

Matt Harlan


Grammy Award and Will Rogers Award winning songwriter Gill Prather will be there.

 Grammy Award Winning Songwriter Gil Prather - will perform and judge songs.

Grammy Award Winning Songwriter Gil Prather – will perform and judge songs.

Local Favorites, Los Pinche Gringos, will be rocking the stage.

 Los Pinche Gringos

Los Pinche Gringos

 Jalepeno Schwartz

Jalepeno Schwartz – Songwriter, DJ at Marfa Public Radio, and judge


Dr. Fun

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Want to play at the Viva Terlingua Festival?

Do you and/or your band want to play at the Viva Terlingua Festival?

Have you made a film that needs an audience?

viva terlingua posterWe’ve got 3 stages and four days/nights to work with for music, and a fine movie theatre for screenings, so there’s lots of room.

There will be lots of local musicians – Collie Ryan, George Goss, Trevor Hickle are in and Butch Hancock has given us a firm “maybe.” I expect several more to join the party.

Get in early on this- right now, it’s a blank slate and we’re open to creative ideas.  This is a great opportunity to get yourself, your songs and/or your band in front of a receptive crowd of true music lovers.

We’re talking to several sponsors- we’ll have a budget, but this ain’t Bonaroo, buckaroo. It’s a party in the most beautiful desert on the planet far from the constraints of civilization.

We’ve also got several very cool indie films scheduled to screen, but there’s room for more.

Contact Pat O’Bryan at or go sign up at if you want to be involved.





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Fire in the Ghost Town – Terlingua – June 4, 2014

Fire in the Terlingua Ghost Town!

Last night, a group of locals was sitting on the porch outside the Starlight Theatre when a plume of black smoke starting snaking up in the sky in the Terlingua Ghost Town.

Smoke in the Ghost Town

Smoke in the Ghost Town

I jumped in the 4Runner and raced down to take a look.  A motor home was on fire.

NEW – You can donate to the Sam and Dani fund right now!

When you click the “Donate” button and contribute, your money goes to TerlinguaCares, a 501 c 3 non-profit based in Terlingua, Texas.  100% of all donations made will go directly to Sam and Dani.


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Viva Terlingua Festival

logoThe Viva Terlingua Film – Music – Photography festival will be held in Terlingua and Lajitas, Texas, August 14-17.

The first annual Viva Terlingua Festival is all about potential. I looked around at the gorgeous Lajitas Golf Resort and the Starlight Theatre, just 12 miles apart, and realized that they’d both be absolutely empty in mid-August.

What an opportunity! It’s usually cooler in Terlingua than it is in Austin in the summer. There are accommodations for any budget: You can get a luxurious suite at the resort for less than a hundred bucks, park your RV with full hook-ups, or pitch your tent at the RV park for $25/night. Continue reading

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“The Succulents” – Austin music in Terlingua

Last night, the all-female band, The Succulents, played at the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua.


The Succulents at the Starlight Theatre

Here’s their bio from their Reverb Nation page.

The Succulents are an indie/folk/country/soul band from Austin, Texas known for their three-part harmonies. All three of their founding members, Erin O’Keefe, Audrey Abbott, and Stacey Blackman are singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists who bring a diverse range of influences to their songs and performances. Some of their favorite artists include The Beatles, Kitty Wells, John Lee Hooker, Daniel Johnston, Stevie Wonder, Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, and Lita Ford. They are frequently likened to Mazzy Star. They proudly accept tips, hugs, compliments, and whiskey drinks at their shows.

They pulled into the Starlight parking lot hauling a U-Haul trailer, from which they extracted an impressive array of acoustic and electric guitars, a vintage RMI keyboard, kalimba, harmonica, and amplifiers.


 Vintage RMI keyboard

Vintage RMI keyboard

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The Road to Austin – Doug Moreland – Terlingua.

The Road to Austin and Doug Moreland and the Flying Armadillos – this week in Terlingua.

I’ve said that “everything comes to Terlingua if you just wait long enough.”

Sometimes you don’t have to wait long at all.

Gary Fortin brought his amazing movie, “The Road to Austin,” to Lajitas last Wednesday.

 Gary Fortin and Trevor Hickle

Gary Fortin and Trevor Hickle



The movie starts out with a brief history of Texas music, then morphs into the story of a concert held in Austin.  Stephen Bruton was music director of the concert. A few months before the concert, Stephen was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. He heroically did a fine job producing the concert with Gary, but by the night of the show he was very ill and weak. Continue reading

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GoatStock 2014 – party for the candidates.

GoatStock 2014 was a chance to hear speeches and meet the candidates to replace the beer-drinking goat mayor of Lajitas.

There are 4 candidates running for mayor- a goat, a mule, and two guys who kinda look like goats.  Or rejects from a ZZ Top cover band.

On May 10, 2014, at GoatStock in Lajitas, Texas, we got to meet them and hear their campaign speeches.

The goat, Claymore Henry, is the favorite. He’s a direct descendent of Clay Henry, who was the original beer-drinking goat mayor. His speech was short and direct. He spent most of his allotted time trying to eat the banner on the front of the stage.

Claymore Henry - beer drinking mayor of lajitas

Claymore Henry

Pancho the mule is running a strong campaign.  He’s firm and resolute and required quite a bit of coaxing to hop up on the stage and give his talk.

Pancho the mule - lajitas mayor election

Pancho the mule

George Goss, whose slogan is “Respect the goat, give George your vote,” promised free beer if he’s elected mayor. George gave a rousing speech and promised changes in Lajitas.

Lajitas mayor race - George Goss

George Goss

Tate Treybig is running on the “Three C’s,”  Corrupt, Crooked and Convenient. Although Tate is running an old fashioned “Texas Politics” campaign that would make Rick Perry proud, his speech tugged at the crowd’s heart strings.   Continue reading

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Voices From Both Sides 2014 – Fiesta Protesta!

2014′s “Voices From Both Sides” Fiesta Protesta celebration at the Lajitas crossing was a success on every level.

There were many more people on both sides of the Rio Grande.  There was massive media coverage- National TV, radio, and print outlets sent crews to cover the celebration.

Al Jazeera America TV story HERE.

New York Times story HERE.


Our community, from both sides of the border, gathered to show our love for each other and express visibly the fact that it’s one community on both sides of the river.   Continue reading

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