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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.”

The Alpine Avalanche said:

The fun and music from past years at “Dude of the Dead” will be returning-and that means, of course, the local favorite band that shakes the stage more than an earthquake, the Doodlin’ Hog-wallops. These musicians love performing in the area because of its mystical presence.

“The tri-county area is the oldest civilized place since the start of humanity,” said lead singer Neil Trammel. “You got two rivers, you got civilization. Mesopotamia, Presidio.”

Local food and drink vendors will be posted around the grounds. There will also be space for tents and RV camping for participants, and there will be portable restrooms on site.

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.

Big Bend Now said this about the music festival:

“Caravan out to the West Texas desert and share the celebratory experience with other campers under the stars at the annual Dude of the Dead Music Fest on. Music acts will perform on Saturday (Oct. 20). There’s more, including free camping, horror movies on an outdoor screen and food and refreshments all days. Rattle your bones in the stark beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert near Presidio on the Rio Grande at the international border. The location is west of Presidio on FM 170.”

Below is video shot at the 2009 Dude of the Dead event: