All this weekend, I’ve been thinking ‘one week ago right now I was…’:
- Loving the West Texas 10 hour drive
- In Marfa, TX
- Trying to out-eat the Blue Bell ice cream cone drips in front of Frama
- Singing happy birthday to an old lady in a country church on Easter Sunday
- Loving a quiet morning at Padres
- Drinking Lone Star with some really cool Houston folk in the desert
- Hiding from the sun with my honey at El Cosmico
- Dancing, singing, clapping and singing some more at the Railroad Revival Tour
We spent Easter weekend in Marfa with 1800 other desert travelers for one of the most amazing concerts I have ever, ever, ever been to: the Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford and Sons, The Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
It was weird to see the tiny city so swollen with visitors – when you double the population of a small, middle-of-nowhere town things are bound to be change energy, feel and movement. But strangely enough, Marfa didn’t change at all. Everyone accepted us openly, graciously and things truly went off without a hitch (seriously, even David Beebe thought so – how happy this makes me).
Marfa remained… well, Marfa-lous. As if it could be anything else.
It was a tough decision to travel on Easter weekend without our short person, but she was there in spirit
And our regular haunts were still as wonderful as always (ahem, FRAMA and Padres).
El Cosmico did a marvelous job of keeping thousands of music loving desert travelers safe, happy and comfy – we arrived to a growing a sea of tents and got to pitch our new giant 8-person tent / mini house for the first time ever.
It was a little tough not getting to bring in our own beer, but we survived.
Then it was time for the big show – and what a show it was. The train pulled into town (literally), and we were all on our way.
The Old Crow Medicine Show kicked it off with boot kicking style.
Mumford and Sons made that gorgeous big sound come alive, they were perfect perfect perfect. Smiling, singing, swaying and shouting along with us.
Fun was had in the desert sun with some amazing Houston folks that made the beautiful trek too.
Monica and Joey (with cracked Easter confetti egg).
And best of all, my partner in crime Adam :) <hug>
Every second was perfect.
Even the non-concerty parts
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros filled the night with something truly special. I love those shows where there is an undeniable audience-performer bound. A lotta’ love flowing from those speakers.
And then, far too soon, it was over. But we kept dancing. And singing. And dancing. And singing.
And haven’t really stopped since.
Here are some other amazing Railroad Revival Tour stories to connect you with some more of the desert magic:
- The official Railroad Revival Tour wrap up post
- A pro concert review, with set list stuff
- Imelda’s great Marfa RRT trip photos
- Rolling Stone’s Marfa RRT coverage
- SpinningJenni’s wrap up post
- Lesly Brown’s awesome Marfa RRT album
- SkiLark119′s Marfa RRT Flickr slideshow