Play Here's Music Picks for the weekend of July 8 and beyond
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Here's an exhaustive roundup of live musical offerings around town. Whatever your taste — country, rock, Tejano or whatever — here's where to find it.
The Underhill Family Orchestra
The five members of the Underhill Family Orchestra take the middle word in their name quite seriously: Even though they're unrelated, they all use "Underhill" as a surname.
"You have to be close with people that you're spending six hours in a van with, driving to the next show," said Ben Underhill, the band's mandolin player. "You have to have a good connection on the stage, or it's going to be like going to work."
That's been the idea since members Steven and Joelle Underhill first started the band in 2010 and has carried through the band's two albums, a handful of personnel changes and thousands of miles on the road. The band returns to Amarillo for a 10 p.m. show today at Leftwoods, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $6.
"We actually had nine members at one point, but we had to dial that back," Ben Underhill said.
The band adds rock flair to Americana and Appalachian-style songs, which members are proud to note tell full stories.
"We try to make them have a catch and a hook, but we want to be talking about something or the way we feel — otherwise, you're spinning your wheels," Ben Underhill said. "It's an onion; there's a bunch of layers."
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
Amarillo Community Market
Austin’s Texas Pub
In addition to Saturday's Back Lot Bash featuring Tyler Wilhelm & A Few Dollars More, Shandy Bandits, Comanche Moon, JW Lane & County Road X and headliners Shotgun Rider, the bar, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host singer Josh Armstrong at 10 p.m. today. Tonight's show is free, and the bash — which starts at 2 p.m. and benefits Hunting for Soldiers — is $15.
Bar Z Winery
The Jenni Dale Lord Band will perform at 6 p.m. today at the winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market 1541. Cover is $10, and food will be available from Cowboy Gelato.
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
Amarillo rock band Mind Plays will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; there's no cover charge.
Buffalo's Southwest Cafe
Folk singer Yvonne Perea will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon.
Butler's Martini Bar
Amarillo singer-songwriter Tyler Higgins will perform at 9:30 p.m. at the bar, 703 S. Polk St.
This week at the coffee shop, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave., they'll celebrate summer with a hafla party at 8 p.m. Sunday. Then, Wisconsin-based alt-rockers The Apollo Affair will hit town for a 9 p.m. July 14 concert. 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.
Gerb’s Wurst Bar
Country band Next to Kin will perform at 9 p.m. today at the bar and restaurant, 7145 S. Bell St.
Golden Light Cantina
Amarillo singer-songwriter Eddie Esler and friends will swap tunes at a free 10 p.m. show today at the cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave. Amarillo-based Texas country singer Chancy Bernson will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $7. And Texas rockers Roar Shack will team with Amarillo indie rockers Mount Ivy for a 10 p.m. Wednesday show; cover is $6.
High Noon on the Square
Center City of Amarillo's summer series continues at noon Wednesday with a performance by classic-rock band Smokey City Rhythm Revue on the lawn of the Potter County Courthouse, Sixth Avenue and Tyler Street in downtown Amarillo. Lunch service begins at 11:45 a.m. with sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A; lunch is $8, but the performance is free.
Amarillo acts Shandy Bandits and Maggie Burt will team up for a 10 p.m. show today at the bar, 2424 Hobbs Road; cover is $7. On Saturday, Red Dirt great Mike McClure will hit town with The Suede Panther and opening act Sally on the Side for a 10 p.m. show; cover is $10. And on July 14, Amarillo bands Strangetowne, Comanche Moon and Eddie & The Eat join forces for a 10 p.m. show; cover is $10.
Insufficient Funds will perform at 8 p.m. today at the restaurant, 2108 Paramount Blvd.
Music on the patio at the popular Mexican eatery, 7312 Wallace Blvd., will include Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild at 7 p.m. today, Shane Rogers at 7 p.m. Saturday and Lindsey Blackwell at 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday.
There's no live music scheduled this weekend at the bar, 4400 S. Georgia St.
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.
Folk singers Yvonne Perea and Mike Fuller will perform at 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday, respectively, at the restaurant, 3415 S. Bell St., Suite K.
6th Street Saloon
Amarillo bands Panhandle Wind and Kilo Road will play at 9 p.m. today and Saturday, respectively, at the bar, 609 S. Independence St. Cover is $5 for guys and free for women.
Blue Denim II and friends will headline the latest 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.
Suds & Sounds
As I wrote about earlier this week, Nazareth will be alive with country sounds on Saturday. Headliner is Zane Williams; also performing are Agave Posse, Lee Scheetz & Borderline, Texas Tumbleweed Junction and Drake Hayes.
Taqueria El Tapatio
Singer Victor Gallegos will perform at 6 p.m. at the restaurant, 3410 S. Coulter St.
Taste Dessert Bar
Amarillo singer-songwriter Clark Griffin will perform at 7 p.m. July 14 at the bar, 1909 S. Georgia St.
Amarillo country-rock band Strange Saints will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 7150 S. Bell St.
Urbana Coffee Works
The DryLand Dreamers will perform at the coffee shop, 5215 S. Coulter St.
Wild Bill's Fillin' Station
Danny Ruiz will play an acoustic show at 7 p.m. today at the restaurant, 3514 S.W. Sixth Ave.
Zombiez Bar & Grill
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. ... Thomas Thompson hosts an open-mic night at 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. … 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.
(Thanks to Amarillo Music Scene on Facebook for help in compiling these. Check there for daily updates.)