Play Here's Music Picks for the weekend of Aug. 12 and beyond
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Pop, rock, country and hip-hop — all that and more is coming your way this weekend and beyond. Check here for all the hot bands playing around town.
"Cake by the Ocean" cover, The Forty-Eight
"It wasn't like I woke up one day and said I want to be a rock artist," said Lubbock-born musician Alissa Beyer.
Somewhere along the way — after she started playing Lubbock's Cactus Theater around age 6, at least — she figured it out.
Now, she's heading back to her home region to celebrate the release of her pop-punk band's first CD. The Forty-Eight will play for an album release party for Villain at 10 p.m. today at Golden Light Cantina, 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover charge is $7.
Beyer had a hard time finding a scene in Lubbock, she said.
"They're really heavy in the Texas country genre, a little blues, some Americana, but the rock scene never did get out there," Beyer said. "I fell into a small scene — very small — that loved rock music, but it was more classic rock than a pop-rock scene."
After plugging away for about nine years in Lubbock, Beyer started splitting time between Los Angeles and Nashville, though she's mostly a West Coast girl these days.
She's found a groove in writing and playing pop songs that generally have a positive message.
"I like to write songs that are empowering to the people who are listening," Beyer said. "I don't want them to feel negative and depressed. I want them to feel better about life and empowered."
That's true for the new album's title track, as well.
"It says 'I'm not the villain and I won't take the fall this time'," Beyer said. "When I sing it, I like to explain ... that in life, it's easy to feel like you're the bad guy, whether someone tells you that or you just feel like you are. ... I think a majority of people want to be good people and be seen in a positive light in others' eyes, and it's easy to feel like we're not being looked at correctly.
"(The song, which she didn't write) reminded me that I mess up sometimes, reminds ourselves that we're not bad people, that we're trying to do our best and it doesn't matter what people are saying as long as we're trying," she continued. "Even heroes mess up sometimes."
Also performing this weekend:
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant
El Trio Cortez will perform at 7 p.m. today at the downtown restaurant, 727 S. Polk St.
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
The Music in the Gardens series continues with jazz band The Martinis at 7 p.m. Aug. 18; doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members.
Amarillo Community Market
Dave Regal and Josh Fitch will provide tunes during this weekend's market hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday around the grounds of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St.
Austin’s Texas Pub
The bar, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature Amarillo singer-songwriter J. Trial at 10 p.m. today; cover is $5. Amarillo indie band Shandy Bandits will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $5. And DJ Rupert the Duke will spin tunes for Sunday Funday beginning around 2 p.m.
The Big Texan Steak Ranch
Amarillo bluesman Stew Moss will perform at 7 p.m. today at the restaurant, 7701 E. Interstate 40.
Pete Y Los Releros will perform at 6:30 p.m. today at the restaurant, 2822 S.W. Sixth Ave. Jackie Haney plays at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Broken Spoke Lounge
The Schilling Girls will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave. There's no cover charge.
Amarillo folk singer Yvonne Perea will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon.
James Owens will play at 7 p.m. today and The Adams Brothers will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 614 S. Polk St.
Butler's Martini Bar
Yvonne Perea will perform at 9:30 p.m. today at the bar, 703 S. Polk St. Duo Marcus & Jamie will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 11. There's no cover.
Experimental rock band Victory! Victory! will perform at 9 p.m. Sunday at the coffee shop, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. Shows are free, but donations are accepted.
Folk singer Andy Chase performs at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the local pizza franchise’s original location, 2803 Civic Circle.
Los Cuatros Compadres will perform at 6:30 p.m. today at the restaurant, 1401 S. Arthur St.
Golden Light Cantina
Aside from rock band The Forty-Eight (see above) at 10 p.m. today at the cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave., Waco-based singer-songwriter Jackie Darlene will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $6. And Moondawg Hall will give an acoustic show at 10 p.m. Aug. 18; cover is $5. (Moondawg was accidentally listed last week — sorry for getting ahead of myself.)
Musicians Kim Matsler and Richard Herring will perform at 6:30 p.m. today at the restaurant, 705 S. Polk St.
Reverend Horton Heat will rock out at 10 p.m. today at the bar, 2424 Hobbs Road; cover is $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and opening act is Amarillo rock band Loudmouth Lisa. (And don't miss my interview with the good Reverend.) Singer-songwriter Erick Willis will perform at 10 p.m. for a free customer-appreciation night. And Shane Smith & The Saints will perform at 10 p.m. Aug. 18; cover is $10, and here's a recent interview I conducted with the band.
Eddie Esler will give a solo show at 10 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 1219 S.W. 10th Ave. There's no cover.
Amarillo favorites Insufficient Funds will perform at 8 p.m. today at the restaurant, 2108 Paramount Blvd.
Music on the patio at the Mexican eatery, 7312 Wallace Blvd., will include Shotgun Rider at 6 p.m. today, Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jim Dixon from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Dan Patterson at 6 p.m. Aug. 18.
Jorge's Tacos Garcia
Lovestock Music Festival
The new outdoor music festival runs from noon to midnight Saturday at Greyland Properties, 7106 S. Bell St. Admission is $15 for ages 17 and older, $10 for ages 9 to 16 and free for ages 8 and younger. Military personnel with ID get a $2 discount, and a donation of four cans to High Plains Food Bank also nets a $2 discount.
The festival will provide a family-friendly atmosphere until around 11 p.m., when it will turn into a 17-and-older dance party featuring DJs from Amarillo Night Life.
Bands on the bill include Alive & Well, Loaded Six, Mount Ivy, Smooth Taste, Roger Pressure, The Lakehouse Project, The Foxfire Experiment, American Dreamhouse, Acid Sally, Example!, Moon Head and Dryland Dreamers.
Loaded Six will play at 9:30 p.m. today at the bar, 1221 S.W. 10th Ave.
The Amarillo Live! concert series continues Dix Hat Band at 9 p.m. Saturday; cover is $6 for ages 21 and older or $10 for ages 18 to 20. And Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen will bring their Hold My Beer and Watch This song-swapping tour back to town for a 9 p.m. Wednesday show. Cover is $20, and I'll have an interview posted with the guys early next week.
Moe Dogs Grill
Dave Regal and Josh Fitch will play at 7 p.m. today on the patio of the restaurant, 3515 S.W. Sixth Ave.
Napoli’s Italian Restaurant
Andy Chase will play around 7 p.m. today on the patio of the restaurant, 700 S. Taylor St., followed at 7 p.m. Saturday by James Owens.
On the Border
Amarillo singer-songwriter J. Trial will play at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 on the patio of the restaurant, 2401 Soncy Road.
Folk singer Yvonne Perea will perform at 6:30 p.m. today at the restaurant, 3415 S. Bell St., Suite K., followed by Mike Fuller at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Rocker Gabe Marinez will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the club, 2801 Virginia Circle. There's no cover charge.
Sativa Ro will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the patio at the restaurant's Georgia Street location, 2001 S. Georgia St. And The Solano Project will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the restaurant's Soncy Road location, 3616 Soncy Road.
7 Bar & Grill
The Solano Project will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the restaurant, 3130 S. Soncy Road.
6th Street Saloon
Amarillo country band Midnight Express will play at 9 p.m. today and Saturday at the bar, 609 S. Independence St. Cover is $5 for guys and free for women. The band goes on Saturday after a day-long end-of-summer bash that also will feature performance by Texas Tumbleweed Junction, Jack Cryver and Panhandle Wind. Cover is $5 for everyone for that.
String Theory will play at 10 p.m. today at the bar, 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover is $5. AC/DC tribute band Back in Black will play a 10 p.m. Saturday following Amarillo rockers Hangman; cover is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Amarillo classic rock band Insufficient Funds will headline the last in this year's series from Amarillo Parks and Recreation. The band will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street. Admission is free.
Taqueria El Tapatio
Singer Victor Gallegos will perform at 6 p.m. today at the restaurant, 3410 S. Coulter St.
Throwbacks Sports Bar
Buster Bledsoe will play a solo acoustic show at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the bar, 7150 S. Bell St.
The Western Horseman Club
The Buster Bledsoe Band will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the club, 2501 E. Interstate 40. Cover is $5 for men, free for women.
Lucid Moment will host jam nights at 7 p.m. Sundays around the fire pit at Mac Daddy's, 1221 S.W. 10th Ave. ... Maggie Burt hosts an open jam at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Hoot’s Pub. ... Mike Chism and Lee Scheetz host open mic nights at 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st 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 Station, 609 S. Independence St.
(Thanks to Amarillo Music Scene on Facebook for help in compiling these. Check there for daily updates.)