There are many reasons people love Big Bend country.
Some like the challenge of conquering the massive canyons, while others enjoy the hidden spots along scenic drives and remote highways heading into Alpine.
For four days — Thursday through Sunday — the majestic beauty of mountains, plains, desert and prairies will be the backdrop to the fourth annual Viva Big Bend, a music and arts festival in four West Texas towns.
“This is the kind of music festival where people from all walks of life and from all corners of the country, from New York to California and every where in between, come to relax and enjoy themselves,” said Stewart Ramser, the festival organizer and founder and publisher of the state’s premier music publication, Texas Music.
The Viva Big Bend Music Festival is a celebration of music that spans across Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis and Marathon.
This year, more than 60 bands and musicians representing various genres are expected to appear across Big Bend with free day shows, shuttle service and activities for children.
“It’s a lot different than other festivals that might be out in the field somewhere,” Ramser said. “Most of the shows are inside of clubs at regular live music venues so its a chance to get a very close-up view of some great acts from all over the state and even from Florida and Tennessee this year.”