Play Here's Music Picks for the weekend of Aug. 5 and beyond
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Hot Texas country bands, loud rockers, local favorites and more are playing this weekend and beyond. Here's the scoop on where to find tunes on these hot summer nights. 

Uncle Lucius

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Ahead of its second European tour this year, Austin jam band Uncle Lucius will help reopen Hoots Pub, 2424 S. Hobbs Road, with a show at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Frontman Kevin Galloway said the band had a great reception across the pond in the winter.

"They listen a little more to your lyrics," Galloway said. "We have a lot of intention to our songs — maybe more than just the lowest common denominator, not saying anything against that; everything has its place.

"I guess it's a reflection of where we are in life," he continued. "I'm 39 years old. I have a little more life experience. ... In my 20s, I was singing about — and I still do some because I love it — singing about good times and Saturday nights and things like that, which is cool, but we've matured as individuals and musicians. We've always liked to question things — and there's lots of questions that can be asked these days."

Though the band is, at heart, a roots band, Galloway said the guys enjoy cutting loose and going where the music takes them.

"You have to be aware that it might not be a good turn, but you take that chance," he said. "That's what it's all about."

Cover is $15.

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Shawn James & The Shapeshifters

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Look for a rocking time with Shawn James & The Shapeshifters when they return to town for a 10 p.m. show tonight with Playa Lake at Leftwoods, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave. Cover is $6.

But James has more sides to him than just a rocker, and that duality fascinates him.

"I feel like I kind of have this split," James said. "My whole life I've rode the fence and tried to balance two different aspects of who I am in everything, and musically, that's true as well."

He explained that just as his life is divided between performing and staying at home in Arkansas with his wife, his musical life also is bifurcated between his full-band rock shows and his acoustic, singer-songwriter solo shows, represented on his new album, On the Shoulders of Giants.

"When it comes to playing a show that's more a high-energy rock show, I feel like I crave that, I need that, but I also kind of miss the intimacy of a house show," he said. "The more intimate ones feed my heart and soul and emotions, whereas the rock 'n' roll shows feed my more passionate side.

"I like doing it all. I don't want to be a one-trick pony," he said. "I just need them both."


Also performing this weekend:

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant

El Trio Cortez will perform at 7 p.m. today at the downtown restaurant, 727 S. Polk St.


Amarillo Botanical Gardens

The Music in the Gardens series continues with folk band Mike Fuller & The Repeat Offenders at 7 p.m. Aug. 11; doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members.


Amarillo Community Market

Michael Blackwell and Clark Griffin will provide tunes during this weekend's market hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday around the grounds of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St.


Austin’s Texas Pub

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The bar, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature Lubbock singer-songwriter Dave Martinez at 10 p.m. today; cover is $5. Amarillo singer-songwriter Brian Wynne will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $5.


The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Amarillo bluesman Stew Moss will perform at 7 p.m. today at the restaurant, 7701 E. Interstate 40.



Pete Y Los Releros will perform at 6:30 p.m. today at the restaurant, 2822 S.W. Sixth Ave. Jackie Haney plays at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.


Broken Spoke Lounge

Amarillo band Panhandle Wind will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave. There's no cover charge.


Buffalo's Cafe

Amarillo band Young Country will perform at 9 p.m. today at the cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. The Bentwood Rockers will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday.


Butler's Martini Bar

Tyler Higgins will perform at 9:30 p.m. today at the bar, 703 S. Polk St. DJ Gemini will spin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 11. There's no cover.


Cowboy Gelato Smokehouse

The DustJackets will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the new steakhouse, 6103 S. Coulter St.


The 806

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Alternative band Cloudship will perform at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the coffee shop, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. And Amarillo guitarist Hayden Pedigo will perform with Roselit Bone at 9 p.m. Aug. 11. Shows are free, but donations are accepted.


575 Pizzeria

Folk singer Andy Chase performs at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the local pizza franchise’s original location, 2803 Civic Circle.


La Frontera

Los Cuatros Compadres will perform at 6:30 p.m. today at the restaurant, 1401 S. Arthur St.


Golden Light Cantina

Pampa rock band City Will Shake will perform at 10 p.m. today at the cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $8. Singer-songwriter Joe Teichman will perform with opening act Dave Martinez at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $6. And Moondawg Hall will give an acoustic show at 10 p.m. Aug. 18; cover is $5.


High Noon on the Square

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Center City of Amarillo's summer series concludes at noon Wednesday with a performance by Insufficient Funds on the lawn of the Potter County Courthouse, Sixth Avenue and Tyler Street in downtown Amarillo. Lunch service begins at 11:45 a.m. with fajitas from Joe Taco; lunch is $8, but the performance is free.


Hoots Pub

The bar, 2424 Hobbs Road, reopens after three weeks of remodeling work. Owner Casey Berry said the bar expanded into the adjoining storefront to the north and added a 30-by-60 foot stage, as well as an additional bar. See the new look for yourself when Texas country favorites Micky & The Motorcars perform at 10 p.m. today, followed by Austin jam band Uncle Lucius (see above) at 10 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $12 today and $15 Saturday.  


House Bar

Golden Spread will perform at 10 p.m. today at the bar, 1219 S.W. 10th Ave.


Joe Daddy’s

Amarillo rockers Velvet Funk will perform at 8 p.m. today at the restaurant, 2108 Paramount Blvd.


Joe Taco

Music on the patio at the Mexican eatery, 7312 Wallace Blvd., will include Tell Runyan at 6 p.m. today, Cory Michaels at 6 p.m. Saturday, Shane Rogers from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Shotgun Rider at 6 p.m. Aug. 11.



In addition to Arkansas rock band Shawn James & The Shapeshifters (see above) and Playa Lake at 10 p.m. today, the bar, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature The Deltaz at 10 p.m. Saturday. Cover for the latter is $6, and here's my interview with the band of brothers.


Midnight Rodeo

Country singers Sean McConnell and Troy Cartwright will hit town for a 9 p.m. today at the bar, 4400 S. Georgia St.; cover is $12 for ages 21 and older in advance or $15 at the door or $18 for ages 18 to 20. Check out my interview with the singers. Then, the Amarillo Live! concert series continues with The Flying Elbows Perspective & Friends at 9 p.m. Saturday; cover is $6 for ages 21 and older or $10 for ages 18 to 20.


Napoli’s Italian Restaurant

Andy Chase will play around 7 p.m. today on the patio of the restaurant, 700 S. Taylor St., followed at 7 p.m. Saturday by James Owens.



Folk singer Tennessee Tuckness will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 3415 S. Bell St., Suite K. And Yvonne Perea will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11.


Pizza Hut

Pagoda Mambo and The Shake Backs will perform at 8:30 p.m. today at the pizzeria, 2509 S. Georgia St.


6th Street Saloon

Amarillo rock band Strange Saints will play at 9 p.m. today and Saturday at the bar, 609 S. Independence St. Cover is $5 for guys and free for women. 


Smokey Joe’s

Johnny Reverb will perform with Scott Nelson and Scott Nall at 8 p.m. today at the restaurant, 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave. Then, Badfish will play at 8 p.m. Saturday. There's no cover charge for any show.



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Ray Wilson will play at 10 p.m. today at the bar, 4100 Bushland Blvd., followed by Boss 420 at 10 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $5 each night. Then, following a bike-run benefit for breast cancer patient Lisa Kelley, outlaw country/rap band Twang and Round will play around 8 p.m. (the bar was pretty iffy about the time).


Starlight Theatre

Amarillo classic rock band Smokey City Rhythm Revue will headline the latest in this year's series from Amarillo Parks and Recreation. The band will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street. Admission is free. 


Taqueria El Tapatio

Singer Victor Gallegos will perform at 6 p.m. today at the restaurant, 3410 S. Coulter St.


The Western Horseman Club

The Jack Cryver Band will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the club, 2501 E. Interstate 40. Cover is $5 for men, free for women.


Whiskey River

Amarillo country band Gary Nix & West Texas play at 10 p.m. today at the bar, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave. Cover is $7 or two for $10.



Open mics

Lucid Moment will host jam nights at 7 p.m. Sundays around the fire pit at Mac Daddy's, 1221 S.W. 10th Ave. ... Maggie Burt hosts an open jam at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Hoot’s Pub. ... Thomas Thompson hosts an open-mic night at 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. … Mike Chism and Lee Scheetz host open mic nights at 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave. … Skooterz holds open-mic nights at 10 p.m. Wednesdays. ... Clint Culwell hosts open mics at 9 p.m. Thursdays at Austin’s Texas Pub

(Thanks to Amarillo Music Scene on Facebook for help in compiling these. Check there for daily updates.)


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