Acts sought for Battle of the Bands with Canyon Chamber BBQ
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The Canyon Chamber Chow-Down is Oct. 1 in Canyon.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Amarillo-area bands can compete to open for a nationally touring act at Canyon's July 4 celebrations at the Oct. 1 Canyon Chamber Chow-Down.

Demos are due Friday for a battle of the bands — and the competition is wide open, said Roger Remlinger, the chamber's executive director.

"We haven't had one band sign up," Remlinger said.

They're missing out: The winner will open for the 2017 July 4 celebration for a nationally touring act still to be determined. Past headliners have included Gin Blossoms, Restless Heart and Little Texas.

"It's a great opportunity for anybody," Remlinger said.

Finalists will be selected by Sept. 23, and up to four finalists will compete during the Oct. 1 party at the First United Bank Center on the West Texas A&M University campus.

The Oct. 1 party will kick off with a happy hour from 1 to 3 p.m.  Attendees will sample foods from cook teams from 3 to 6 p.m. (or as long as supplies last) and then check out music from 4 to 10 p.m. 

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Joshua Scott Jones, formerly of the duo Steel Magnolias, will headline with additional performances by Noah Jenda. (Riverbilly, the previously announced headliner, has broken up, Remlinger said.)

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate; children 10 and younger are $5, but the chamber requests no children in strollers.

Call 806-655-7815.



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