Three beloved Amarillo bands — including the band that first serenaded audiences with mega-hit “Wide Open Spaces” — will reunite at the second Yellow City Sounds Music Festival: Music Made Here.
The festival — featuring The Groobees, among other popular bands from Amarillo’s musical past and some of the brightest stars of its current scene — will run 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in Memorial Park on the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College.
The day-long concert is part of the ongoing commemoration of Panhandle PBS’s 30th anniversary. Music kicks off at 2:30 p.m.
“Our station motto is ‘We live here,’ and this year’s Yellow City Sounds Music Festival will celebrate Amarillo’s amazing music scene by bringing back together some of this region’s all-time favorite bands and highlighting some of its newest stars,” said Kevin Ball, Panhandle PBS CEO and AC vice president of communications and marketing.
About 3,000 people attended the inaugural festival in September 2017.
The Amarillo-born Groobees was one of the hottest acts on the regional Americana scene in the 1990s and the first to record the smash hit “Wide Open Spaces,” written by member Susan Gibson. They broke up in 2001, and this festival will be the first time they share the stage together in 17 years.
Also reforming for Yellow City Sounds are Krakt, an Amarillo rock band that toured the country throughout the late 1980s, and Turbine Toolshed, an Americana band who split in 2014 but whose members are still some of the most prominent musicians on the Amarillo scene.
Also performing are three current bands who are making their own history on the High Plains. Indie rockers Mount Ivy recently reunited after a year’s hiatus and have already resumed tearing up the town. Progressive Americana band Comanche Moon released its new, chart-climbing single “The One That You Love” in March and recently signed a distribution deal with Red Music, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. And Pampa/Amarillo band OddFellas has taken the rock scene by storm in the past few months, recently performing at Rocklahoma and the Heaven and Hell Fest in Mexico City.
The festival also will feature:
- A pre-party on Aug. 30 celebrating the station’s longtime supporters
- Music beginning at 2:30 p.m.
- About a dozen of Amarillo’s favorite food trucks
- Children’s activities from Don Harrington Discovery Center, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Amarillo Museum of Art, Panhandle PBS / PBS Kids, Amarillo College Teach Club, Amarillo Fire Department and more
- Vendor booths from Free Cheese Prints, Red Cross, Henna House, MetroPCS, AmaDazzle, Amarillo College, IV Rejuvenation Station, Family Care Foundation, Coffee Memorial Blood Center and more
Admission and all activities are free at the family-friendly event.
For information, call 806-371-5224.