For a musical escapade in the inspiring Chihuahuan Desert celebrating all the spirits past, check out the “Dude of the Dead” music festival in Presidio. Texas Monthly magazine said this about the 2011 installment: “Halloween is that one time of year when you don’t get strange looks for talking to dead people. Why not take advantage and commune with a host of souls in a far-out place like the Chihuahuan Desert in deep West Texas? Dude of the Dead Music Festival, an event akin to Burning Man that mashes Día de los Muertos rituals with live music, is like one big séance. ‘Camping under the stars of the desert offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on those who have left us in body,’ said the event’s organizer. ‘Who’s to say there won’t be a spirit or more drawn by the heat of the dance and the merriment of the music?’ Community fires will keep you warm at night after a day of desert bowling and Frisbee golf.”
For more information, visit the official Dude of the Dead Music Festival web site.
The concert is held at the Presidio Drag Race Track northwest of town (see map below):