Vendors, kids' activities sought for second Yellow City Sounds Music Festival
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Vendors are sought for Yellow City Sounds Music Festival.

By Chip Chandler — Producer

Deadline is Aug. 6 to sign up as a vendor or children's activity at the second Yellow City Sounds Music Festival.

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 from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in Memorial Park on Amarillo College’s Washington Street campus. Music kicks off at 2:30 p.m. The kids area will be open from 2 to 5 p.m.

Panhandle PBS and FM90 will not charge a booth rental fee, but instead will ask for a suggested minimum 10 percent donation of the day's sales (if the booth charges for goods or services).

Download the vendor agreement form here, and the kids area agreement form here.

The festival is a co-production of Panhandle PBS and Amarillo College's FM90, and its "Music Made Here" theme celebrate's Panhandle PBS's 30th anniversary.

“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.

"We had a terrific success last year, and we're expecting an even bigger crowd this year," Ball said.

More than 3,000 attended the inaugural festival in 2017.

At this year's festival, more than a dozen food trucks are expected, and about that many vendors already have signed up. The Chick-Fil-A Kids Area already has about 10 booths, with room for more.

Panhandle PBS / FM90 will provide:

  • A 10- by 10-foot space for vendors OR an 8.5- by 24-foot space for food trucks (requests for more space will be considered)
  • Posters to promote event distributed to each food truck / vendor one month before the event
  • Food truck / vendor listed on with hyperlink to your website
  • Food truck / vendor listed on Panhandle PBS’s Facebook event with your page tagged

Prospective vendors will provide: 

  • Secure temporary health permits (for trucks and vendors selling/offering food) from the Health Department at 821 S. Johnson St. Health permits should be purchased by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 24; the city’s final deadline is 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29, and any permits obtained after that will include a $50 late fee. Those failing to obtain health permits will be unable to sell or give away food at the festival.
  • Comply with regulations provided by the City Health Department. Health inspectors will be present the day of the event to inspect your location.
  • Provide table, chairs and tent (when needed)
  • Give Panhandle PBS / FM90 a suggested minimum 10 percent donation of the day’s sales in lieu of booth rental fee (if charging for goods/services)
  • Agree to keep booth / truck occupied for the duration of the festival
  • Agree to dispose of cooking grease properly in compliance with city and health regulations or be charged a clean-up fee of $200
  • Provide space requirements and estimated set-up time to festival organizers one month before festival
  • Provide planned duration of presence at festival

In addition to The Groobees, the festival will feature reunion performances from 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 will release Country Music Deathstar on Aug. 3 through Edgewater Music and Sony Red. And Pampa rock band OddFellas has taken the rock scene by storm in the past few months, recently performing in Mexico City and opening for ‘90s rock gods The Toadies.

For information, call 806-371-5224 or 806-371-5477.



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