Terlingua Music Bash 2015

The “Barlow Fest” – Terlingua Music Bash, 2015, was the 21st (?) annual celebration of Texas Americana Music held here.

There was music everywhere: The Boathouse, The Starlight Theatre, on the porch, in the desert at Gareth Park, at La Kiva…

I’ve known Al for over 20 years… at one point I commented, “back in the day when I’d go to open mics, it seemed like everybody was my age. Now, all these years later, when I go to open mics it seems like everybody’s my age.

Terlingua has pretty much recovered from the onslaught of pickers- the Barlow Fest is the first event of our season, to be quickly followed by two chili cook-offs, the “Ride for Trails” biking convention, and, basically, the Fall tourist season. Continue reading “Terlingua Music Bash 2015”

Terlingua Music Bash 4.

It’s been an amazing week of music in Terlingua.

The Al Barlow Terlingua Music Bash was pretty much everywhere, all the time. From the porch to the Starlight Theatre, High Sierra, Boathouse, and on the road during the parade, there were poets with acoustic guitars and high-speed pickers.

Saturday, there was a parade. People in costumes piled in trucks, cars, vans and on motorcycles and drove from the High Sierra to the porch and back, honking their horns, yelling, and entertaining the crowd.

I played at The Boathouse Friday night with Moses Martinez. Trevor Hickle, Jason Blum, and Tim (bass) sat in. You could tell the room was full of pickers- lots of guys my age walking real slowly past my guitars, looking at the headstocks. I don’t have pictures of that one- haven’t figured out how to play, sing, and take pics at the same time.  Yet.

Don’s done a great job with the remodeling there, and he’s very supportive of music and musicians. It’s great to have that venue back.

Friday and Saturday night, Los Pinche Gringos played at the Party Barn for a huge gathering of bikers. Saturday night, I was the “featured guest.” The Gringos are always a blast, and the crowd- after they got some beer in ’em- filled up the dance floor. I played a few blues tunes, and discovered that there were even some blues lovers in the crowd. Cool.

During the break, I took some pics- enjoy!


C7 playing on the porch – hula hoopers in the parking lot.

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Terlingua Music Bash – 3.

Having so many great pickers in one place created a swirling, colorful, magical “porch circle” last night.

Danny and Trevor Hickle, Patrick Smith, Jeff Haislip, Janna Lavin, Collie Ryan, and many more… as the sun set over the Chisos, the music whirled around the porch like an aural tornado.

Later, the music continued at the High Sierra, where Bo Porter and “Schindler’s List” played to a packed house.


a gorgeous orange Harley in the ghost town.

Bo and Mandy (?).

Claude Butch Morgan and Bo Porter

Local legend, Danny Hickle, leading the circle on the porch in Terlingua Ghost Town.


They call ’em “Schindler’s List.”

Trevor Hickle laying down a lead on the porch.

Trevor and Bo. High Sierra.

Terlingua Music Bash 2014 – 1.

Al Barlow and his crew of singer/songwriters from all over are arriving for the 20th annual Terlingua Music Bash. There are live music events happening at the High Sierra, the Boathouse, and the Starlight Theatre this week.

I’ll try to get a schedule… the only one I’ve seen was in Al’s hand, and it was a rough draft.

And, just in time, the Boathouse is open- with Gumby and Sierra behind the bar.

Here are some pics from Tuesday night- stay tuned, there’s gonna be lots more.

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Al Barlow sticking his head in the shark’s mouth at the Boathouse.
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Al, Jim Keaveny, and Anna Oakley at the Boathouse.
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Al with the big-ass map at the Boathouse.

Long time coming… the Boathouse, all lit up and open!
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Moses Martinez, Dixie Beal, Patrick Smith, and Albert Besteiro play as Jeffro Greasewood tweaks the PA.
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Dixie, Patrick and Albert

Dixie, with Patrick and Albert at the High Sierra
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Jason Blum and Albert at the High Sierra
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Just like olde times – Gumby and Sierra at the Boathouse.

Terlingua Music Bash

19th Annual Terlingua Music Bash

For the 19th year in a row, Al Barlow is hosting the Terlingua Music Bash – a gathering of singer/songwriters and music lovers from all over the world.

Check the previous post for dates and times – there’s something going on every day.

One day 2 of the Music Bash, the party was on the porch as the Rocky Top Alien Breeding Experiment played in the Starlight.

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Terlingua music news – Oct 14 – Oct 20, 2013

What’s going on in Terlingua this week?

Terlingua Music Bash

Tues. Oct. 15 th 6pm Pablo Menudo’s House Dinner

Weds. Oct.16th Open Mic at LaKiva hosted by Al Barlow

Thurs. Oct.17 th 8 am Rio Grande Music Jam Float. For info. Call BBRT @ 432-371-3033 to make your reservation. Go to Jana Laven’s event page on Facebook for details.
Thurs. Oct. 17th, Dr. Fun on the Patio @ High Sierra 4 pm-?
Thurs. Oct. 17 th Longdraw Pizza 6pm
Thurs. Oct 17 th Rocky Top Alien Breeding Experiment @ 7:30 pm Starlight Theater

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