Play Here's Music Picks for the weekend of Nov. 18 and beyond
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
From country to metal, classical to rock, there's a little of everything for Amarillo-area music fans this weekend. Check out our roundup of concerts, open mics and more.
In the spotlight
They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy
They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy (live)
Words often just aren't enough for Sarah Ruth Alexander, vocalist for the experimental duo They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy, which will play its first Amarillo show on Saturday at The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.
"I find that words — I use words some, but I find that words can be really confining," said Alexander, a Childress native. "I like people to be able to find their own meaning in things. And sometimes, I feel like there aren't enough words to communicate certain emotional states."
TSTWMTC, which released the double album Far from the Silvery Light in July, focuses more on feelings than literal explication.
"We're in territories that have no labels," Alexander said. "It's hard to put what we do in a box. We both are into extended technique ... (or) playing an instrument outside of the classical training.
"We're just wanting to explore making new sounds, bringing whatever is inside of yourself (out) however it wants to come out," she continued. "We're not really wanting to sound like something (in particular); we're just adding to a vocabulary that already exists."
The band uses a variety of instruments and Alexander's vocalizations in fairly improvised performances, she said.
"Sometimes, I feel like there's more to express and I'm trying to get it all out," she said. "I hit it sometimes. I hit the place that's a new territory, and it flows."
The show is free, but donations are accepted. Call 806-322-1806.
Texas country singer TJ Broscoff will return to Amarillo for a CD release party celebrating Love, Loss & The Afterglow at 10 p.m. Friday at Hoots Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road.
"It's kind of a concept record," Broscoff said. "I'm dealing with personal issues, as we all do. ... The ending of one relationship, the beginning of a new relationship, just that whole process through a two-year period.
"The record starts off a little darker with some heartbreak ... but by the end of the record, it's sending a positive message, that there is an afterglow. ... That can be love, it can be with addiction, it can be with the loss of a family member. I'm getting everything tied down that I'd been going through for the last couple of years," he said.
Broscoff has been open about his past struggles with drug addiction and said he expects that those battles will continue to color his music.
"It's such a big part of my life that I don't know how it wouldn't," he said.
Plus, Broscoff said he finds it difficult to not write songs that touch on his personal experiences.
"I don't know how some of the guys in other parts of the country world write songs that don't mean anything, but to each their own," he said.
Cover is $7.
El Trio Cortez will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the downtown restaurant, 727 S. Polk St. Call 806-373-8889.
Blues Boy Willie will be celebrated at a 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday surprise party and performance at the post, 1401 W. Eighth Ave. Call 806-373-3521.
The new restaurant, bar and gaming facility, 2523 Brittain Drive, offers DJ Atomic at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. The grill and laser tag portions are opening later this month, owner Chad Harmon said. Call 806-355-2100.
The bar, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature an acoustic show by Amarillo singer-songwriter Brian Wynne at 10 p.m. Friday; there's no cover. Then, Lubbock singer-songwriter Zoe Carter will lead a song swap at 10 p.m. Saturday; there's no cover. Call 806-803-9063.
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.
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.
Amarillo rock band Loaded Six will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave. There's no cover charge. Call 806-373-9149.
Amarillo band The Bentwood Rockers will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. There's no cover. Call 806-655-4400.
Lubbock singer-songwriter Dallas Owens will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 614 S. Polk St., followed by a hometown performance by Nashville-based singer Natalie Schlabs at 7 p.m. Saturday. There's no cover. Call 806-376-4700.
Amarillo singer-songwriter Mike Fuller will play at 9:30 p.m. Friday and DJ Saga will spin for a 9:30 p.m. Saturday show at the bar, 703 S. Polk St. There's no cover. Call 806-376-8180.
High Plains Public Radio's Living Room Concerts series continues with folk/Americana duo Bettman & Halpin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at center, 2717 Stanley St.; doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is via a $15 suggested donation. Call 806-367-9088.
Amarillo piano man Jason Patrick will play at 9 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 6103 S. Coulter St., Suite 200; there's no cover. Then, Jim and Cody Anderson will perform and host an open-mic night at 9 p.m. Saturday. Call 806-376-5286.
Indie rock singer Vanessa Silberman will perform at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the coffee shop, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. And, as noted above, experimental band They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Shows are free, but donations are accepted. Call 806-322-1806.
The FireSongs concert series continues at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the restaurant, 7306 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 10, with Amarillo singer-songwriter Michael Coon. The shows are free, but you'll want to enjoy dinner with your tunes. Call 806-331-2232.
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.
Los Cuatros Compadres will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 1401 S. Arthur St. Call 806-372-4593.
Next to Kin will play at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the bar and restaurant, 7145 S. Bell St., followed by duo show from band members and siblings Danielle Gerber and Jeff Gerber at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. There's no cover. Call 806-398-9991.
Amarillo Symphony will perform Broadway pops concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Guest conductor Steven Jarvi and guest vocalist Whitney Claire Kaufman will join the symphony for the performances. Tickets are $31 to $41, plus fees, Friday and $31 to $55, plus fees, Saturday. Check out my preview for interviews with Jarvi and Kaufman. Call 806-376-8782.
Golden Light Cantina
Abilene-based Americana band Callahan Divide will celebrate the release of new album Poplar at 10 p.m. Friday at the cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $7, and here's my interview with the band's lead singers. Then, alt-country singer John Baumann will return for a 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $8, and here's my interview with Baumann. Call 806-374-9237.
Texas country star Bri Bagwell will return to town for a 10 p.m. Friday show at the bar, 3601 Olsen Blvd. Cover is $6 in advance and $8 at the door. I last chatted with Bagwell in September before her debut at the Amarillo Tri-State Fair & Rodeo; here's that interview. Call 806-322-7979.
As seen above, Texas country singer TJ Broscoff will return for a 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 2424 Hobbs Road; cover is $7. Then, Amarillo natives Cooder Graw will perform with Texas country stars Micky & The Motorcars in a 10 p.m. Saturday show; cover is $20. (Here's my latest interview with Cooder.) In addition, Shane Rogers will give a free show after Monday Night Football on Monday, and Brian Wynne opens for Amarillo alt-country band Comanche Moon at 9 p.m. Wednesday; cover is $8. Plus, the bar's happy hour performances continue: The Solano Project on Tuesdays and Johnny Reverb Holston with Marc Durham and Jay Weeks on Wednesdays. Happy hour shows start at 5:45, and there's no cover. Call 806-358-9560.
Amarillo rock band Anderson, Flesher & Key will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 2108 Paramount Blvd. There's no cover. Call 806-463-7900.
Amarillo instrumental rock band Liquid Jimi will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave., followed by Amarillo indie bands Shandy Bandits and Retrospection at 9 p.m. Saturday; cover each night is $5. Call 806-367-9840.
Amarillo band The Lakehouse Project will perform around 7:30 p.m. Friday at the bar, 1221 S.W. 10th Ave. There's no cover. Call 806-373-9149.
The Mark Patterson Band of Pampa will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 631 N. Main St. in Borger. Call 806-274-7070.
Texas country star Roger Creager will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 4400 S. Georgia St.,; cover is $12 in advance or $15 day of show, or $18 for ages 18 to 20. Call 806-358-7083.
The bar, 500 E. Hastings Ave., will host Amarillo country singer Rusty Cooper at 9 p.m. Saturday; there's no cover. Call 806-381-2599.
Andy Chase will play around 7 p.m. Friday on the patio of the restaurant, 700 S. Taylor St., followed at 7 p.m. Saturday by James Owens. Call 806-220-2588.
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. And singer-songwriter Tennessee Tuckness will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. There's no cover. Call 806-350-5430.
Amarillo rock band Boss 420 will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 2801 Virginia Circle; there's no cover. And the band's Gabe Marinez will give a solo show at 8 p.m. Tuesday; there's no cover. Call 806-352-3317.
Amarillo country band Panhandle Wind will play at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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. Then, Amarillo rock band Afterthought will play at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $5. Call 806-355-6600.
Amarillo band Smokey City Rhythm Revue will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave. There's no cover. Call 806-331-6698.
DJ Panda spins for Latin Nights at 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at the bar, 4001 E. Interstate 40.
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.
Jack C'Ryver & The Rock 'n' Roll Cowboys will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the club, 2501 E. Interstate 40. Cover is $5 for men, free for women. Call 806-379-6555, ext. 2999.
DJ Chase Elder will spin at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave., followed by Amarillo rockers Strange Saints at 10 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $7 or two for $10 each night. Call 806-367-6163.
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. ... 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. ... The Main Street Bar, 631 N. Main St. in Borger, features Lil T Karaoke at 9 p.m. Sundays. There's no cover. Call 806-274-7070. ... 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 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.
(Thanks to Amarillo Music Scene on Facebook for help in compiling these. Check there for daily updates. All listings are subject to change.)