Summer Music Roundup 2018: Your guide to the season of outdoor concerts and patio music

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June Jazz will expand into two Tuesdays in July this summer.
Photo by Chip Chandler

By Chip Chandler — Producer

Amarillo's summer music season is ready to explode for another year.

Outdoor concert series in Amarillo and Canyon will kick off in just a couple of weeks, but already, restaurants and bars have started offering patio music, and music festivals are all around.

Here's your ultimate guide to outdoor tunes this season!


Outdoor concert series

The Starlight Theatre concert series resumes May 29 in Sam Houston Park.

The Starlight Theater series, sponsored by the Amarillo Parks and Recreation department, kicks things off May 29. Concerts by the all-Amarillo lineup take place at 7 p.m. Tuesdays weekly through Aug. 21 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):


June Jazz will expand into the first two weeks of July at Amarillo College.
Photo by Chip Chandler

Up next is June Jazz, with weekly Tuesday concerts stretching throughout the month and into the first two weeks of July 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 p.m. and are free. Here's the schedule (with links to web pages, where available): 


High Noon on the Square returns June 6 in downtown Amarillo.
Photo by Chip Chandler

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 6 to Aug. 9 (skipping July 4); 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 if spaces under various tents are taken, 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):


Amarillo Botanical Gardens' Music in the Gardens resumes June 7.
Photo by Chip Chandler

Up next is Music in the Gardens at Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for the Thursday concerts; music begins at 7 p.m. in the outdoor Attebury Amphitheater. Admission is $10 for ages 6 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 Jams in Canyon will move from the courthouse lawn (seen here) to nearby Neblett Park beginning June 7.

And finally, the Canyon Main Street will host June Jams, a Thursday-night concert series at Neblett Park, Sixth Avenue and 16th Street, one block south of the downtown square. 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): 


Music festivals

Of course, those aren't the only outdoor music options you have this summer.

Summer music festivals include:

Bad Magik Musik Fest returns May 26 in Sam Houston Park.
Photo by Chip Chandler

(See more summer festivals here.)


Other options

Amarillo Community Market will feature live music during its weekly market hours from June 9 to Oct. 6 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:

  • Bar Z Winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541: The winery frequently offers music and food trucks Fridays and Saturdays through July.
  • Buffalo's Cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon: The restaurant features bands on its patio around 9 p.m. most Saturdays, weather permitting.
  • 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.
  • Hoots Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road: The bar plans patio and parking lot concerts throughout the summer. Check back for more details.
  • J's Grill & Bar, 3130 S. Soncy Road: Bands perform at 6 p.m. Thursdays through September.
  • Joe Taco, 7312 Wallace Blvd. in Amarillo: Bands typically play from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Sundays — and occasionally on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays — through September.
  • Joe Taco, 502 15th St. in Canyon: Bands typically play from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays — and occasionally on Thursdays and Fridays — through September.
  • Jorge's Tacos Garcia, 1100 Ross St.: The restaurant hosts DJ Tommy The Hacker from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, weather permitting.
  • 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.
  • Polk Street Eats, 614 S. Polk St.: Bands perform outdoors at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting.
  • RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St.: DJs will spin around 10 p.m. most weekends throughout the summer. 
  • Six Car Pub & Brewery, 625 S. Polk St.: Summer concerts, which are still being scheduled, will take place in the new bar's outdoor courtyard.
  • Smokey Joe's, 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.: Bands perform at 8 p.m. most Fridays and Saturdays and Amarillo country singers Buster Bledsoe and Colton Wilcher host an open-mic night at 7 p.m. Thursdays on the patio, weather permitting.
  • Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive: In addition to the music festivals listed above, look for Amarillo rock band Hangman at 7:30 p.m. May 19, Fleetwood Mac tribute act Forever Mac at 7:30 p.m. May 26, Red Dirt singer Stoney LaRue at 7:30 p.m. June 1, Elvis tribute act Kraig Parker at 7:30 p.m. June 2, Americana band Turnpike Troubadours at 7:30 p.m. June 15, Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute act Bad Moon Rising at 7:30 p.m. June 23, Texas country favorites Reckless Kelly at 7:30 p.m. June 28, Texas country star Kyle Park at 5 p.m. July 7, Johnny Cash tribute act Walkin' the Line at 7:30 p.m. July 13 and Texas country favorites Randy Rogers Band at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18. More acts may yet be scheduled.
  • Teddy Jack's Armadillo Grill, 5080 S. Coulter St.: Weather permitting, the restaurant has live music on its patio at 6 p.m. Thursdays and 7 p.m. Fridays.
  • Wild Bill’s Fillin’ Station, 3514 S.W. Sixth Ave.: Musicians generally perform Thursday and Saturday nights, occasionally on Sundays.
  • Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave.: A variety of bands will perform throughout the summer on the bar's patio, generally on weekends.




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

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