Summer Music Guide: Outdoor concert series lineups and details on popular patio destinations
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Summer means music in Amarillo and Canyon, with several popular outdoor concert series returning to action after Memorial Day. Here's your ultimate guide to outdoor tunes.
The Starlight Theater series, sponsored by the Amarillo Parks and Recreation department, kicks things off May 30. Concerts by the all-Amarillo lineup take place at 7 p.m. Tuesdays weekly through Aug. 22 in Sam Houston Park at Western Street and Line Avenue. Bring blankets or lawn furniture along with a picnic dinner; admission is free. Here's the schedule (with links to web pages, where available):
- May 30: Folk band Black Slacks Combo
- June 6: Rock band The Skeleton Krew
- June 13: Country-rock band Smokey City Rhythm Revue
- June 20: Folk-rock band The DustJackets
- June 27: Country-folk band The Prairie Dogs
- July 11: Texas country act The Buster Bledsoe Band
- July 18: Folk band The DryLand Dreamers
- July 25: Folk band Mike Fuller & The Repeat Offenders
- Aug. 1: Country-rock band Just 2 Guys
- Aug. 8: Country-rock band Windy City
- Aug. 15: Jazz combo The Martinis
- Aug. 22: Cover band Insufficient Funds
Up next is June Jazz, with weekly Tuesday concerts throughout the month on the mall in front of the Amarillo College Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Bring a lawn chair or blankets, along with food and beverages. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free. Here's the schedule (with links to web pages, where available):
- June 6: Polk Street Jazz
- June 13: The Martinis
- June 20: Patrick Swindell & Pizzazz
- June 27: Jim Laughlin
Then comes Center City of Amarillo's High Noon on the Square, with concerts held on the lawn at the Potter County Courthouse, Sixth Avenue and Tyler Street, at noon Wednesdays from June 7 to Aug. 9; lunch service begins at 11:45 a.m. Lunches are $8 or $75 for a season-long punch card, which lets you bypass a line. The music is free, and you'll want to bring a blanket or lawn chair to find seating in the shade. Here's the schedule (with links to web pages, where available):
- June 7: Folk singer Andy Chase, with hamburgers from Youngblood's
- June 14: Cast members of Texas, with barbecue from Dickey's Barbecue Pit
- June 21: Folk singer Mike Fuller, with jalapeño turkey sandwiches from Crush Wine Bar & Deli
- June 28: Cast members of Amarillo College Summer Youth Musical production of Fiddler on the Roof, with sausage wraps from the American Quarter Horse Association cook team
- July 5: Folk-rock band The DustJackets, with box lunches from Chick-Fil-A
- July 12: Jazz combo Patrick Swindell & Pizzazz, with chicken-fried steak sandwiches from Youngblood's
- July 19: Ensemble of Amarillo Symphony musicians, with sandwiches and wraps from Pan-Handlers Cafe & Catering
- July 26: Performers from Lone Star Ballet and Dance Academy, with pulled-pork sliders from Crush Wine Bar & Deli
- Aug. 2: Country-rock band Smokey City Rhythm Revue, with box lunches from Chick-Fil-A
- Aug. 9: Cover band Insufficient Funds, with fajitas from Joe Taco
Up next is Music in the Gardens at Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Gates open at 6 p.m. for the Thursday concerts; music begins at 7 p.m. in the outdoor Attebury Amphitheater. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, or $5 for garden members. Bring a lawn chair or blankets, along with food and beverages. Here's the schedule (with links to web pages, where available):
- June 8: Folk band Sadie's Rangers
- June 15: Jazz combo Polk Street Jazz
- June 22: Folk singer Tennessee Tuckness
- June 29: Cover band Insufficient Funds
- July 6: Country band Next to Kin
- July 13: Jazz combo The Martinis
- July 20: Rock band The Solano Project
- July 27: Rock band Shandy Bandits
- Aug. 3: Americana band Comanche Moon
- Aug. 10: Jazz combo Patrick Swindell & Pizzazz
And finally, the Canyon Main Street will host June Jams, a Thursday-night concert series on the downtown square in Canyon, on the southeast lawn of the Randall County Courthouse, 501 16th St. Bring a lawn chair or blankets, along with food and beverages. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free. Here's the schedule (with links to web pages, where available):
- June 8: Country band Next to Kin
- June 15: Americana band Eddie & The Eat
- June 22: Classic rock band Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild
- June 29: Cover band Velvet Funk
Of course, those aren't the only outdoor music options you have this summer.
Amarillo Community Market will feature live music during its weekly market hours from June 10 to Oct. 14 around the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St.
And patio music season already has begun at several Amarillo restaurants and bars (weather permitting, of course). Here's a guide to locations, and check our weekly music listings to see who's performing:
- Buffalo's Cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon: The restaurant features bands on its patio around 9 p.m. most Saturdays, weather permitting.
- The Burger Bar, 614 S. Polk St.: Bands perform outdoors at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting.
- Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 7408 S.W. 34th Ave.: Bands perform from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays beginning the end of May.
- The Handle Bar & Grill, 3514 S.W. Sixth Ave.: Bands will begin performing at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on the restaurant/bar's patio in June.
- Joe Taco, 7312 Wallace Blvd.: Bands typically perform Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through September.
- Jorge's Tacos Garcia, 1100 Ross St.: The restaurant hosts bands at 6 p.m. Thursdays through August, but usually only announces if anyone is playing by the Tuesday before; check their Facebook page for details.
- MacDaddy's, 1221 S.W. 10th Ave.: Adrian Lambert and Pony Hernandez host open jams on the patio from 4 to 7 p.m. on the first and last Sunday of the month.
- Mr. Fish, 2806 S.W. Sixth Ave.: The new Route 66 restaurant offers music at 6 p.m. Saturdays.
- Napoli's Italian Restaurant, 700 S. Taylor St.: Andy Chase performs at 7 p.m. Fridays and James Owens performs at 7 p.m. Saturdays.
- O.H.M.S. Cafe & Bar, 619 S. Tyler St.: The restaurant will host Mike Fuller & The Repeat Offenders every other Thursday beginning this week on its new patio.
- On the Border, 2401 Soncy Road: The restaurant's Party on the Patio series kicks off May 25. Bands will play at 7 p.m. Thursdays through July 27.
- Ruby Tequila: Locations at 2001 S. Georgia St. and 3616 S. Soncy Road both feature weekly bands at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.
- 7 Bar & Grill, 3130 S. Soncy Road: Bands perform at 6 p.m. Thursdays through early September.
- Smokey Joe's, 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.: Amarillo country singer Buster Bledsoe hosts an open-mic night at 7 p.m. Thursdays on the patio, weather permitting.
- Wild Bill’s Fillin’ Station, 3514 S.W. Sixth Ave.: Musicians generally perform Thursday through Saturday nights.
- Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave.: A variety of bands will perform throughout the summer on the bar's new patio, generally on weekends.