October before last, Solange announced a free show in Marfa, TX at the Chinati Foundation. Marfa had been on my bucket list for quite some time and Solange is one of my favorite artists, so it was a no-brainer. The show was announced under short notice and there were no hotel rooms or Airbnb’s available, so camping was our only option. Thankfully, REI sent us gift cards for an image we sold to them over the summer, so we were able to buy our supplies for the freeski! We made reservations at El Cosmico camp grounds and absolutely loved the experience. Next time I would definitely want to reserve a teepee/trailer, but the amenities made our stay comfortable.
No trip to Marfa is complete without visiting Prada. We met people from all walks of life that morning - it was an inspiring experience hearing everyone’s story. We met a woman riding her bike across the US, two ladies who were driving an RV across the country, the coolest guy from Japan who knew all the dope music, along with countless other incredible human beings. While at Prada, we discovered the show had an all-white dress code (which we weren’t prepared for). Luckily, we were able thrift some cool digs at Second Bloom.
As for the performance? I wish I could put it in a time capsule for future generations to understand what true artistry is. I’ve seen Solange in concert three times and that was by far her best. At one point, she sang “Don’t Touch My Hair” directly to us and Kandace forgot the words lol (Exhibit A). No phones or cameras were allowed, which truly forced the audience to be present rather than trying to capture the moment. After the show, we went to Pizza Foundation and had some of the best pizza I’ve ever eaten in my life.
On our final day, we woke up and explored Food Shark before heading out. There’s still so much we didn’t see in Marfa, so we definitely be back soon.