Summer Music Roundup 2018: Your guide to the season of outdoor concerts and patio music
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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 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):
- May 29: Rock band The Skeleton Krew
- June 5: Country-rock band Windy City
- June 12: Indie rock band Dear Marsha
- June 19: Country band Young Country
- June 26: Folk band Black Slacks Combo
- July 3: Rock band Kim & The Crash
- July 10: Texas country act The Buster Bledsoe Band
- July 17: Folk band Mike Fuller & The Repeat Offenders
- July 24: Americana duo Fox and I
- July 31: Country-folk band The Prairie Dogs
- Aug. 7: Folk band The DryLand Dreamers
- Aug. 14: Blues-rock band The LakeHouse Project
- Aug. 21: Cover band Insufficient Funds
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 7:30 p.m. and are free. Here's the schedule (with links to web pages, where available):
- June 5: Amarillo native and acclaimed pianist Mark Little with Kara
- June 12: AC grad Marlin McKay
- June 19: The Martinis
- June 26: Polk Street Jazz
- July 3: AC grad Austin Brazille
- July 10:Esquire Jazz Band
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):
- June 6: Folk singer Andy Chase, with hamburgers from Youngblood's
- June 13: Cast members of Texas, with barbecue from Youngblood's
- June 20: Cast members of Amarillo College Summer Youth Musical production of The Secret Garden, with sandwiches from Schlotzsky's
- June 27: Country act The Buster Bledsoe Band, with puled pork sliders from Crush Wine Bar & Deli
- July 11: Folk-rock band The DustJackets, with sausage wraps from the American Quarter Horse Association cook team
- July 18: Esquire Jazz Band, with hamburgers from Bubba's 33
- July 25: Performers from Lone Star Ballet and Dance Academy, with sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A
- Aug. 1: Country-rock band Mason Jar Reloaded, with chicken mac & cheese from Public House
- Aug. 8: 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 6:30 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 7: Rock band The Solano Project
- June 14: Rock band A-Town Rockers
- June 21: Cover band Insufficient Funds
- June 28: Folk singer Tennessee Tuckness
- July 5: Rock band Jen Williams & The Potty Mouths
- July 12: Rock band Noah Jenda
- July 19: Indie rock band Dear Marsha
- July 26: Americana band Comanche Moon
- Aug. 2: Jazz combo The Martinis
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):
- June 7: Country band Seth Ward & The Silence
- June 14: Country singer Lindsey Lane
- June 21: Country band The RagTown Chiefs
- June 28: Rock band Velvet Funk
Of course, those aren't the only outdoor music options you have this summer.
Summer music festivals include:
- Bad Magik Musik Fest: Music lineup includes The Mag Seven, The Grumbling Grandsons, The Wookies, Dallas Owens, Fat Lava, Mount Ivy, Bad Grammar, Fine & Dandy and Fellow American, with DJs Rupert the Duke and GiANT. (noon to 9 p.m. May 26, Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street. Free. 806-322-1806)
- CBH Bubbapalooza Music Festival: Texas country and Americana favorites are on the lineup for this fest, which benefits the Brian Hunton Memorial Scholarship, established after the firefighter's death in the line of duty in April 2005. Bands include headliner Sam Riggs, Josh Paulson, JW Lane & Country Road X, Brandon Stennett and No Dry County. (5 p.m. to midnight June 9, Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive. Tickets $25 in advance and $30 at the gate; available at all Amarillo and Hereford United and Amigos supermarkets. 806-379-8800)
- Lovestock Party on 10th: Celebrate the upcoming July 4 holiday with a music festival featuring 17 acts at T's Bar, Music Box and Zombiez Bar & Grill at 10th Avenue and Madison Street, food from Wonder Womenz Bakery and Zombiez, and more. Beer with $5 wristbands. (5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. June 30, 10th Avenue and Madison Street. Free.)
- Suds N Sounds: Americana favorites Shane Smith & The Saints will headline the annual party, held in conjunction with the day-long Nazareth German Festival. Also performing are Agave Posse, Next to Kin, Mason Kleman and Cody Sparks Band. (11 a.m. to midnight July 14, Nazareth Community Ball Park and throughout Nazareth. Concert admission $30. 806-943-5843 or email@example.com)
- SuSpence Fest: Rock out at this second annual festival in Pampa. (12:45 p.m. Aug. 18, Norris Pavilion at Top O' Texas Rodeo Arena, 200 N. Ballard St. in Pampa. Ticket prices TBA. 806-440-6874.)
- Yellow City Sounds Music Festival: The second-annual music festival from Panhandle PBS and FM90 will celebrate "Music Made Here" with reunion performances by The Groobees and Krakt, plus performances by Mount Ivy and more bands to be named later. About a dozen Amarillo food trucks will be on hand, and kids and families can enjoy activities and vendors. (2 to 10 p.m. Sept. 1, Memorial Park, 2501 S. Jackson St. Free. 806-371-5224)
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.