Courtesy the Artist An Afrobeat band from Texas playing at Wild Detectives? Yep, that's actually happening
It was 1 a.m. on a chilly September day in Marfa and the headliner, Deer Tick, had just completed their set at El Cosmico's Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love, bringing an end to the weekend's festivities -- or so I thought. A man wearing an elaborate robe and a headdress ascended the stage, accompanied by a handful of friends in similarly ornate costumes, and invited the audience of a couple hundred to join their parade to an after party at an undisclosed location. Tired, I considered turning back to my tent, but instead I obeyed the instinct to follow the herd to a house just off the campgrounds. And I'm so glad I did. What I witnessed was one of the most energizing live musical performances I've seen, and I've thought of it often over the last few months.