A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS, CULTURE, AND MUSIC OF THE OLD AND NEW WEST
Welcome to the Early-Bird Rollout of the return of Michael Martin Murphey's American Westfest® to Red River, New Mexico, July 11-13, 2019! We are thrilled to announce this in conjunction with Michael receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame in April of 2019 - their highest honor- which has honored legends such as John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Kevin Costner, Sam Elliot, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Part of the reason Michael is getting this award is the founding of his legendary festival, Michael Martin Murphey’s American Westfest® since 1986- a festival that went on to tour Colorado,
New Mexico, Utah, California, Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana and Missouri. At Murphey’s Westfest® in California he was given an award by the US Department of the Interior for his conservation efforts and work with the US National Parks, Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service.
Publications such as Cowboys and Indians, True West, Country Weekly, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Denver Post have praised Michael Martin Murphey’s American Westfest® as one of the best festivals in America. Murphey says the popularity of his festival is based on his classic “three ring circus" approaching offering the public “more to do that you can get done in all the days of the festival”- daily, all-day music and poetry performances by Murphey and featured celebrities- and an exhibition of Western, Nature/ Landscape/Wildlife/ Outdoor and Native American Art, Western Crafts( jewelry, clothing, gear,etc.), authentic food and drink traditions of the Western chuckwagon and Native American campfire, Native American/Mountain Man/ Cowboy re-enactment and showcase of their gear.
American Westfest®'s eclectic approach stands out from other Western festivals because the music includes Contemporary and Traditional Country and Western music, Western Swing, New Age, Americana, Jazz, Bluegrass, Old-Time Folk and Gospel music- all loved and accepted by lovers of the Western Lifestyle. These are all genres of music in which Murphey himself has participated- his music been been recognized in all these fields by the Grammy Awards, Wrangler Awards, Country Music Hall of Fame, Western Music Association, Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame, Texas Country Hall of Fame, National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame and Old-Time Music Hall of Fame. He is the Music Hall of Fame of the states of Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska and Iowa.
3-Day VIP includes:
Admittance to the Thursday night VIP ONLY concert at Bitter Creek
Chuck Wagon dinner on Thursday night ONLY
3 drink tickets for the weekend
Admittance to Friday + Saturday concerts
Covered seating section
Exclusive merch Item
1-Day Ticket - Friday & Saturday
1 Day general admission admittance to the festival
Please note this ticket does not include seating
Children 6 & under free
Children aged 7 - 12 get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. (1 kid free per 1 paying adult) If you have additional children beyond the amount of paying adults, you must buy an additional child's ticket for kids 7-12.