Play Here's Music Picks for Christmas weekend and beyond

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The Casey Donahew Band will perform Friday.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Need a night out on the town over the holidays? Here's your roundup of musical options.


Acapulco Mexican Restaurant

El Trio Cortez performs at 7 p.m. Friday at the downtown restaurant, 727 S. Polk St. There's no cover charge. Call 806-373-8889.


Amarillo Botanical Gardens

In addition to about 200,000 holiday lights, the center's Christmas in the Gardens event will feature music from a variety of performers through Friday at the gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. On tap for the final day: Cassandra Hussey. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. nightly, and admission is free. Call 806-352-6513.


Amarillo Civic Center Complex

Mannheim Steamroller will bring its Christmas tour back to Amarillo for a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday show in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets are $25 to $65, plus fees; Panhandle PBS supporters who pledge $100 will get a ticket and a meet-and-greet pass. Call 806-378-3096 for tickets or 806-371-5479 to pledge.


Atomic Sports Grill & Bar

The new restaurant, bar and gaming facility, 2523 Brittain Drive, offers DJ Atomic at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Call 806-355-2100.


Austin’s Texas Pub

The bar, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature an acoustic shows by Tyler Caffey at 10 p.m. Friday and an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with DJ Gemini at 10 p.m. Saturday; there's no cover. Call 806-803-9063.


The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Amarillo bluesman Stew Moss will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the restaurant, 7701 E. Interstate 40. Call 806-372-6000.


Bracero’s Mexican Bar & Grill

Pete Y Los Releros will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 2822 S.W. Sixth Ave. Jackie Haney plays at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 806-220-2395.


The Burger Bar

Amarillo singer-songwriter Brandon Todd will play at 7 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 614 S. Polk St.. There's no cover. Call 806-376-4700.


Butler's Martini Bar

Amarillo singer-songwriter James Owens will perform at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the bar, 703 S. Polk St. There's no cover. Call 806-376-8180.


Fire Slice Pizzeria

The FireSongs concert series continues at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the restaurant, 7306 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 10, with Amarillo singer-songwriter Chancy Bernson with steel player Rick Faucett. The shows are free, but you'll want to enjoy dinner with your tunes. Call 806-331-2232.


575 Pizzeria

Folk singer Andy Chase performs at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the local pizza franchise’s original location, 2803 Civic Circle. Call 806-322-5575.


La Frontera

Los Cuatros Compadres will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 1401 S. Arthur St. Call 806-372-4593.


Golden Light Cantina

Hot Americana group The Band of Heathens will return for a 10 p.m. Thursday show at the cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $10. Call 806-374-9237. And look for my interview with the band on Tuesday.


Herring Hotel

The 2016 Herring Holiday Ball opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday inside the historic Herring Hotel, 301 N. Pierce St. The event opens with a VIP cocktail hour featuring Christmas jazz by Antonio Charles & The Fwoops, will continue with dinner and music at 7:30 p.m., and conclude with a dance. The night also will feature group caroling and country Christmas music. VIP tickets are $150, which include the cocktail hour and dinner; regular tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, which includes admission to the party beginning at 8:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Children's Miracle Network.

Hoots Pub

The seventh annual Willgood's Christmas Spectacular kicks off at 9 p.m. Friday at Hoots Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road, featuring performances by Azizi GibsonScenic River Roots BandEddie & The EatPlastic Mayan StaircaseRupert the DukeDJ RoRoCorbin Cary and Koty PottsTickets are $20 and expected to sell out. Plus, Shane Rogers performs around 9 p.m. Mondays, and Brian Wynne performs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays; both shows are free. Plus, the bar's happy hour performances continue: The Solano Project on Tuesdays, Johnny Reverb Holston with Marc Durham and Jay Weeks on Wednesdays and Bobby McCauley of The Cassettes on Thursdays. Happy hour shows start at 5:45, and there's no cover. Call 806-358-9560.


Joe Daddy's

Amarillo favorites Anderson, Flesher & Key will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 2108 Paramount Blvd. There's no cover. Call 806-463-7900.


Kicked Back

DJ Element spins every Friday and DJ RoRo spins every Saturday at the bar, 521 S.E. 10th Ave. Cover is $5 after midnight. Call 806-418-8971.



Amarillo folk singer Andy Chase gives acoustic shows at 6 p.m. Thursdays at the restaurant, 1619 S. Kentucky St. There's no cover. Call 806-359-5959. 



Albuquerque, N.M., funk band Merican Slang will play at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $5. Call 806-367-9840.


Midnight Rodeo

Popular Texas country act The Casey Donahew Band will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at the bar, 4400 S. Georgia St.; cover is $18 for ages 21 and older, or $20 for ages 18 to 20. Call 806-358-7083.


Napoli’s Italian Restaurant

Andy Chase will play around 7 p.m. Friday at of the restaurant, 700 S. Taylor St. Call 806-220-2588.



Amarillo singers Dean Yates and Mary Lyn Halley of Insufficient Funds will play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 3415 S. Bell St., Suite K. There's no cover. Call 806-350-5430.


6th Street Saloon

Amarillo country bands Panhandle Wind and Cory Mangum & The Damn Outlaws will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at the bar, 609 S. Independence St. Cover is $5 for guys and free for women. Call 806-356-0873.



Amarillo rock band Loaded Six will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover is $5. Call 806-355-6600.


The Spot

DJ Panda spins for Latin Nights at 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at the bar, 4001 E. Interstate 40.


Taqueria El Tapatio

Singer Victor Gallegos will perform at 6 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 3410 S. Coulter St. Call 806-331-6249.


Tejano Wild West

DJ Tino D spins tunes at 9 p.m. Fridays at the bar, 1200 S.E. 10th Ave. Call 806-340-3313.


Open mics

Maggie Burt hosts an open jam at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Hoots Pub. ... The Van Notes host at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at 6th Street Saloon, 609 S. Independence St. ... Buster Bledsoe hosts open-mic night at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Throwbacks Sports Bar, 7150 S. Bell St. Call 806-418-4482. ... Lee Scheetz host open mic nights at 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave. …Buster Bledsoe hosts an open-mic night at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Buffalo's Cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. ... Loudmouth Tooley hosts open-mic nights at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Leftwoods, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave. ... Skooterz holds open-mic nights at 10 p.m. Wednesdays. ... Clint Culwell hosts open mics at 9 p.m. Thursdays at Austin’s Texas Pub. ... Tommy Davis hosts open-mic nights at 9 p.m. Thursdays at 6th Street Saloon



Broken Spoke, 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave., features B-Man's Karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays. There's no cover charge. Call 806-373-9149. ... Buckles Lounge, 6800 E. Interstate 40, also features B-Man's Karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays. There's no cover charge. Call 806-379-8064. ... Mudd Rack, 500 E. Hastings Ave., features Lil T Karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays. There's no cover. Call 806-381-2599. ... No Dogs Allowed, 700 S.W. 10th Ave., features karaoke by David Eric at 8 p.m. Fridays. There's no cover. Call 806-373-3647. ... Cactus Bar, 4831 S. Western St., features B-Man's Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. Saturdays. There's no cover charge. Call 806-356-6369. ... Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave., features karaoke with DJ Ronnie at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Call 806-367-6163. ... 6th Street Saloon, 609 S. Independence, features B-Man's Karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. Call 806-356-0873. ... Buffalo's Cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, features B-Man's Karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays. There's no cover. Call 806-655-4400. ... House Bar, 1219 S.W. 10th Ave., features Lil T Karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays. There's no cover. Call 806-677-6450. ... Rounders Club, 2801 Virginia Circle, features karaoke with David Eric at 9 p.m. Thursdays. There's no cover. Call 806-352-3317.


(Thanks to Amarillo Music Scene on Facebook for help in compiling these. Check there for daily updates. All listings are subject to change.)


Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and at on Facebook.

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