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Fall Entertainment Preview, Pt. 1: Concerts, performances and arts
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Comedian Carlos Mencia will perform Sept. 30 in Amarillo.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Concerts, arts, festivals and fundraisers — not just leaves — will be piling up this fall. Here's your guide to navigate through the season's biggest performances from September through November. Part 2 features festivals, fundraisers, Halloween events and other activities, and I'll round up holiday activities closer to Christmas.


Touring productions


Disney on Ice Presents Passport to Adventure

Sept. 29-Oct. 2

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An abundance of Disney favorites will don ice skates for the long-awaited return of ice shows to Amarillo. Characters from The Lion KingThe Little MermaidPeter Pan and Frozen will be featured in Passport to Adventure, which will be performed seven times during its run — 7 p.m. Sept. 29; 7 p.m. Sept. 30; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 1; and 1 and 5 p.m. Oct. 2 — in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.

Tickets are $15 to $45, plus fees, on Sept. 29, and $20 to $45, plus fees, for all other performances.


Carlos Mencia

Sept. 30

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Comedian Carlos Mencia will return to Amarillo for an 8 p.m. Sept. 30 show in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium.

Mencia will hit town as part of the Latin Comedy Jam tour; comics Cisco Duran and Flaco Martinez will open.

Tickets are $30 to $45, plus fees.


Magic Men Live!

Oct. 8

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Playing on the popularity of Magic MikeMagic Men Live! bills itself a "reimagined approach to ladies night entertainment ... (that) aims to provide female audiences with an intensely exciting and innovative cabaret-style show filled with comedic skits, theatrics, sexy dance moves, audience participation and, of course, more than a little skin," according to a news release.

The release also promises that audiences will leave in "an exhilarated, euphoric state" — and it may be just me, but that sounds like a euphemism.

The show's set for 9 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.

Ticketsare $25 to $55 or $80 for front-row seats, plus fees. And no, you don't have to be a lady to enjoy.


Rockin' Road to Dublin

Oct. 29

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Irish dancing kick-steps back to Amarillo with Rockin' Road to Dublin, created by Scott Doherty, the 2009 world champion of Irish dance, and Chris Smith, an internationally touring Irish musician.

"The cast exudes a fabulous mix of charisma and personality," according to a review in Irish Dance magazine.

The show will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Globe-News Center.

Tickets are $30 to $50, plus fees.





Aside from the always hopping local music scene, we'll see concerts from top Texas country, rock, contemporary Christian and other favorites. Below is a roundup, by venue or organizer, of the touring acts; I'll have local bands on a weekly basis in my music roundup posts. All dates are subject to change, and more acts will surely be added to the mix.


Amarillo Civic Center Complex

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Christian band Casting Crowns will return on its The Very Next Thing tour with opening acts Matt Maher and Hannah Kerr. The concert is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Civic Center Coliseum; tickets are $20 to $48, plus fees.

Plus, the annual Gracias Christmas Cantata will return to town for two shows — 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Admission is free, but tickets are required; call 806-437-9993.


Austin's Texas Pub

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The country and rock venue will host mostly local acts through October, but touring artists Phlip Coggins & The Lotharios will perform at 10 p.m. Sept. 10, followed by Steve Simmons on Sept. 17 and rockers 5 Billion & Counting (with local support from Lifeless 2 Life) on Oct. 15. 


The 806

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Upcoming highlights at the coffee shop, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave., include singer-songwriter Elle Carpenter at 10 p.m. Sept. 8, singer-songwriter Vanessa Silberman at 9 p.m. Sept. 10, one-man rock band The March Divide at 8 p.m. Sept. 12, rock/punk band The Ghost Wolves at 8 p.m. Sept. 14, folk duo The Lark & The Loon at 9 p.m. Sept. 27, indie band Emby Alexander at 9 p.m. Sept. 29, Denver rock band Torgo! (featuring Amarillo native Blake Talley) at 9 p.m. Oct. 5, rockers Pullman Standard on Oct. 9, rock band Darsombra at 9 p.m. Oct. 11, singer-songwriter Yeahman at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and psychedelic band Pleasures at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, with more surely to come. Shows are free, but donations are accepted.


First Baptist Church

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The Annie Moses Band, a folk/classical family band seen on PBS, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Globe-News Center at First Baptist Church, 1208 S. Tyler St. The concert is now free. Those who donated to Panhandle PBS during the August pledge drive to receive a ticket and meet-and-greet pass should call the membership office at 806-371-5477.


Golden Light Cantina

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Aside from a lineup of largely local bands (see the full calendar here), touring acts headed to the Cantina, 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave., include HoggMaulies at 10 p.m. Sept. 9, Ronnie Eaton & The Cold-Hearted Truth at 10 p.m. Sept. 10, Shad Blair at 10 p.m. Sept. 15, Kimberly Dunn at 10 p.m. Sept. 30, The Corey Hunt Band at 10 p.m. Oct. 6, Sarah Hobbs at 10 p.m. Oct. 13, Matt Caldwell at 10 p.m. Oct. 22, The Buffalo Ruckus at 10 p.m. Oct. 27, Phlip Coggins & The Lotharios at 10 p.m. Oct. 28 and former Amarillo band Shotgun Rider at 10 p.m. Nov. 3. Cover charges will vary, so check our weekly listings.


High Plains Public Radio

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The station's Living Room Concerts series continues with shows by Crystal Yates at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Josh Harty & John Statz at 7 p.m. Oct. 14, and Bettman & Halpin at 7 p.m. at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Chalice Abbey, 2717 Stanley St. Suggested donation is $15.


Hoots Pub

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Upcoming touring acts at the newly expanded pub, 2424 Hobbs Road, include Cameran Nelson at 10 p.m. Sept. 10, George Ducas at 10 p.m. Sept. 16, The Dirty River Boys at 10 p.m. Sept. 17 and Max Stalling at 10 p.m. Oct. 14. Cover charges will vary, so check our weekly listings.



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The rock venue, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature shows by Vandoliers at 10 p.m. Sept. 9, an EP release party for Austin band Beat Bodega (featuring Amarillo native Sam Quattlebaum) at 10 p.m. Sept. 10, Lorin Walker Madsen & The Hustlers at 10 p.m. Sept. 16, Tony Holiday & The Velvetones at 10 p.m. Sept. 23, Funk You at 10 p.m. Sept. 24, Greenbeard at 10 p.m. Sept. 30, Doug C & The Blacklisted at 10 p.m. Oct. 14, Candy's River House at 10 p.m. Oct. 28 and Sol Tribe at 10 p.m. Nov. 4. Local bands are on the calendar, as well, so check it out. Cover charges will vary, so check our weekly listings. 


Midnight Rodeo

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Bands performing at the (mostly) country venue, 4400 S. Georgia St., include Mötley Crüe tribute act Looks 2 Kill at 9 p.m. Sept. 9, The Marcus Lindsey Band at 9 p.m. Sept. 10, Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman's Harvest at 9 p.m. Sept. 21, former Amarillo country act Shotgun Rider at 9 p.m. Sept. 24, Wade Bowen at 9 p.m. Oct. 1, Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction at 9 p.m. Oct. 7 and The Randy Rogers Band at 9 p.m. Oct. 8. Cover charges will vary, so check our weekly listings.


Whiskey River

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The country and rock venue, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave., will feature (among several local acts; check back weekly for those) Dan Patterson at 10 p.m. Sept. 9, Big Trouble in Texas at 10 p.m. Sept. 30, Mike & The Moonpies at 10 p.m. Oct. 1, Hogg Maulies at 10 p.m. Oct. 14, Drake Hayes Band at 10 p.m. Oct. 22, The Borrowed 45s at 10 p.m. Nov. 5 and The Justin Kemp Band at 10 p.m. Nov. 12. Cover is $7 or two for $10.


Yellow City Sounds Live

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Our intimate concert series continues with singer-songwriter Darryl Purpose on Oct. 13 and Dana Hubbard on Nov. 11. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. in our studios, 2408 S. Jackson St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and seating for the free concert is first-come, first-serve. (If you miss seeing the show in person, it'll stream live on KACV FM90, then will be used for an upcoming episode of our Live Here series.)



Performing arts


Amarillo College

New AC piano professor Diego Caetano will give his premiere Amarillo recital at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in the AC Concert Hall Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Admission is free.


Amarillo Little Theatre

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ALT's 90th anniversary season, which opened Aug. 18 with The Full Monty, will continue in the fall with political drama The Best Man from Sept. 15 to 25 on the Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; thriller The Birds from Nov. 3 to 13 in the Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle; and Young Frankenstein from Dec. 1 to 18 on the Mainstage. Check here for more details on these shows and the rest of ALT's season.


Amarillo Opera

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The opera company opens its 30th season with a classic — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro — on Oct. 1 and 2 in the Globe-News Center. The season continues Nov. 4 and 5 with Michael Ching's Speed Dating Tonight 2 in the Fibonacci Space, 3306 S.W. Sixth Ave. (though the venue might change). And the company will stage a family production of Seymour Barab's Cinderella on Dec. 9 and 10 at the Fibonacci. Check here for more details on these shows and the rest of the opera's season.


Amarillo Symphony

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The orchestra, under the baton of Jacomo Rafael Bairos, will open its season with what's being billed as area opera legend Mary Jane Johnson's final performance with the symphony on Sept. 16 and 17. The season continues Oct. 14 and 15 with a light classical concert of music from and influenced by the Americas, including Aaron Copland's Rodeo Suite and Morton Gould's Latin-American Symphonette and American Salute. Clarinet soloist Anthony McGill will perform Claude Debussy's Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet. And Nov. 18 and 19 will feature vocalist Whitney Claire Kaufman and guest conductor Steven Jarvi in Broadway Blockbusters. Concerts take place in the Globe-News Center. Check here for more details on these shows and the rest of the symphony's season.


Broadway Spotlight Series

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Civic Amarillo's presenting series of touring Broadway musicals only has one show on tap for the fall, but it's a big one: Elf, the musical adaptation of the 2003 Christmas comedy, will be staged Nov. 5 and 6 in the Civic Center Auditorium. Check here for more details on the show and the rest of the season.


Chamber Music Amarillo

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The ensemble — which performs at Fibonacci Space — will open its five-concert classical season Sept. 10 with Meat and Potatoes and Foie Gras featuring violinist Lauren Pokorzynski, cellist Noah Littlejohn and pianist Jim Rauscher performing Joseph Haydn's Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major (Gypsy), Claude Debussy's Piano Trio in G Major and Robert Schumann's Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor. The season continues Oct. 29 with violinist Rossitza Jekova-Goza and pianist David Palmer's ongoing performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's violin sonatas, featuring Sonatas 2, 4, 8 and 5. CMA's Jazz on 6th series will feature The Martinis on Oct. 7 and Patrick Swindell & Pizzazz on Nov. 11. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. Check here for more details on the concerts and the rest of CMA's season.


Friends of Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024

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The concert series, which spotlights St. Andrew's Episcopal Church's world-class organ, opens its 11th season with organist Tim Effler at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and violinist Rachel Barton Pine at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Both concerts will take place at the church, 1601 S. Georgia St. Click here for more on the concerts and the rest of FASO's season.


Lone Star Ballet

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LSB will revive its original production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (first staged in 2011) in performances on Oct. 21 and 22 in the Globe-News Center. Click here for more details on the season (including The Nutcracker).



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The student actors at Amarillo College will stage the contemporary thriller King of Shadows Oct. 6 to 9 and Greek comedy Pseudolus Dec. 8 to 11 in the Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Click here for more details on the shows and the rest of the season.


West Texas A&M University Theatre

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The season opens with Brooklyn: The Musical, a contemporary urban fairy tale, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 9 in the Happy State Bank Studio Theater in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex at the Canyon university. The season continues with Arthur Miller's classic The Crucible from Nov. 10 to 20 in the studio theater. Click here for more details on the shows and the rest of WT's season.


Visual arts


Amarillo Museum of Art

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AMoA, 2200 S. Van Buren St., will continue exhibiting its Side by Side: Larry Bell and Gabriel Dawe through Oct. 16. Following the annual 12 x 12 exhibition and silent auction on Oct. 27, the museum will feature The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, a traveling exhibition of more than 100 photographs presenting the story of the American road trip, from Nov. 4 to Jan. 1. That will be accompanied from Nov. 14 to Jan. 15 by High Plains Highways: A Juried Photography Exhibition; deadline to enter is Sept. 9.


Cerulean Gallery

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The gallery, 2762 Duniven Circle, will feature the two-part On Edge exhibition from Sept. 16 to Oct. 28 and from Nov. 4 to Dec. 21. "Everything will be very edgy, somewhat dark, and heavy visually and literally," founder and director Caroline Kneese said. 


Chalice Abbey

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Painter Steven Cost will exhibit new work at the center, 2717 Stanley St., from Sept. 9 to Oct. 25.


The Galleries at Sunset Center

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The massive conglomeration of galleries, located at 3701 Plains Blvd., will continue its First Friday Art Walks on Sept. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4.


Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

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The newly opened When Georgia Was Here, an exhibition of works produced around the time Georgia O'Keeffe taught at the then-West Texas State Normal College, will be on view through Feb. 28, 2018. The museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, will open Let's Remember Kimbrough, a look back at the soon-to-be-retired (as far as WTAMU is concerned, at least) football stadium, during Homecoming Week, Oct. 1 to 8. 


Process Art House

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PAH will begin its new incarnation as a presenter of pop-up art installations with Art Transcending Conflict: A Collaboration of U.S. and Afghan Artists, a project of the Collective Heritage Lab. Amarillo artist Andrew Scott DeJesse and a collection of artists from Kabul, Afghanistan, will display their works in a joint show Sept. 30 at WTAMU's Creative Research Lab in the Galleries at Sunset Center.


West Texas A&M University

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The university's art department will feature Patrick Martin in an exhibition from Sept. 12 to Oct. 3 in the Mary Moody Northen Hall Gallery; a reception and lecture will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15. The university also will hold its annual Night Blow event, featuring its glass-blowing studio instructors and students along with visiting glass artists Jason Christian and Jay Thrash, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1. 



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