By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
From major Texas country bands to tons of Amarillo favorites, the music scene is hopping for the next several days. Here's your ultimate guide to all the tunes.
In only three years, Austin-based Americana singer Austin Meade has released three albums and found his groove on the road with shows across the state. And he's still only been out of college for a little more than a year.
"I'm just trying to stay alive on the road, but it's been a lot of fun," said Meade, who'll return to Amarillo for a 10 p.m. Friday show at Golden Light Cantina, 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $7. Amarillo singer-songwriter Jason Hodges will open.
Meade grew up playing drums, then fell in love with the idea of performing live music after watching Cody Canada and Seth James perform in Victoria.
"I fell in love with meeting new people on the road, meeting new faces, and now it's cool because we've been doing it a while and ... I get to go back and see the same faces, see these old friends come out and they bring new faces with them," Meade said.
Meade's most recent EP, Heartbreak Coming, was released in the summer, his first studio experience with a full-time band contributing to the recording process.
"It's a good taste of what our (next full-length) will sound like," Meade said. "It's a little more showing of what we want to sound like in the future.
"This is the first one that has taken hold in certain markets, so now I know what I want to do with the next one."
He said the EP is a "snapshot" of his first year after college.
"Everyone goes through growing pains," he said. "I had been in a relationship for a long time and went into a new chapter from it, but it's not easy on either side.
"But it's not just about a girl. ... 'Written in Stone,' the last song on the record, is about me being scared to lose family members," he continued. "Sh-- gets real in your early 20s."
El Trio Cortez will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the downtown restaurant, 727 S. Polk St. Call 806-373-8889.
The new restaurant, bar and gaming facility, 2523 Brittain Drive, has started its roll-out with drinking and dancing with a DJ. The grill and laser tag portions are opening later this month, owner Chad Harmon said. Call 806-355-2100.
The bar, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature an acoustic show by Lubbock-based Americana singer-songwriter Dallas Owens at 10 p.m. Friday; there's no cover. Then, Amarillo-based band J. Trial & Friends will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday with opening act Brian Wynne; cover is $5. Call 806-803-9063.
Amarillo bluesman Stew Moss will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the restaurant, 7701 E. Interstate 40. Call 806-372-6000.
Pete Y Los Releros will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 2822 S.W. Sixth Ave. Jackie Haney plays at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 806-220-2395.
Amarillo native Theresa Rowley, fresh off a national tour of the musical Annie, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 614 S. Polk St., followed by Amarillo singer-songwriter James Owen at 7 p.m. Saturday. There's no cover. Call 806-376-4700.
Piano man Jason Patrick will play at 9 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 6103 S. Coulter St., Suite 200; there's no cover. Then, Mary Lyn Halley and Dean Yates of Insufficient Funds will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday; there's no cover. Call 806-376-5286.
Oregon folk singer Chris Darby will perform at 9 p.m. Monday at the coffee shop, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. Shows are free, but donations are accepted. Call 806-322-1806.
The FireSongs concert series continues at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the restaurant, 7306 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 10, with singer-songwriters Woody Key (of Anderson, Flesher & Key) and Gary Wane Thomason (of, like, a ton of bands). The shows are free, but you'll want to enjoy dinner with your tunes. Call 806-331-2232.
Folk singer Andy Chase performs at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the local pizza franchise’s original location, 2803 Civic Circle. Call 806-322-5575.
Los Cuatros Compadres will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 1401 S. Arthur St. Call 806-372-4593.
Amarillo singer-songwriter Mike Fuller will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday during First Friday Art Walk at the galleries, 3301 Plains Blvd. There's no cover.
Next to Kin will play at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the bar and restaurant, 7145 S. Bell St. There's no cover. Call 806-398-9991.
Golden Light Cantina
Americana singer-songwriter Austin Meade, as seen above, will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $7. Then, Amarillo band Uncle Puppy & The Rejects (a side project of Jordon McCain of Strangetowne) will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $5. Call 806-374-9237.
Red Dirt favorites Jason Boland & The Stragglers will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 3601 Olsen Blvd. Cover is $12 in advance or $16 at the door, or $18 for ages 18 to 20. Call 806-322-7979.
Country greats Restless Heart (who I interviewed earlier this week) will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 2424 Hobbs Road. Cover is $25 in advance and $30 day of show. Lubbock's Randall King will open. Then, Fort Worth favorite Red Shahan will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday for free customer appreciation night. And Black Pussy will perform at 10 p.m. Nov. 10; cover is $8. Shane Rogers will give a free show after Monday Night Football on Monday, and Brian Wynne performs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Plus, the bar's happy hour performances continue: The Solano Project on Tuesdays, Johnny Reverb Holston with Marc Durham and Jay Weeks on Wednesdays and Bobby McCauley of The Cassettes on Thursdays. Happy hour shows start at 5:45, and there's no cover. Call 806-358-9560.
Amarillo band The Bentwood Rockers will play at 10 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 1219 S.W. 10th Ave. There's no cover charge. Call 806-677-6450.
The bar/restaurant, 410 15th St. in Canyon, will host Amarillo singer-songwriter Eddie Esler at 9 p.m. Friday; there's no cover. Call 806-452-8004.
Amarillo favorites Anderson, Flesher & Key will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 2108 Paramount Blvd. There's no cover. Call 806-463-7900.
San Antonio reggae band Sol Tribe will perform at 10 p.m. Friday the bar, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $5. Call 806-367-9840.
Amarillo band Barcode with opener Heath James will perform around 7:30 p.m. Friday at the bar, 1221 S.W. 10th Ave. There's no cover. Call 806-373-9149.
Rising Texas country star Jon Wolfe will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at the bar, 4400 S. Georgia St.,; cover is $13 in advance or $15 day of show, or $20 for ages 18 to 20. Then, Texas country star Cody Jinks will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday; cover is $20 in advance or $25 day of show. Call 806-358-7083.
Dave Regal and Josh Fitch will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 3515 S.W. Sixth Ave. There's no cover. Call 806-220-2198.
The bar, 500 E. Hastings Ave., will host Amarillo band Mason Jar & The Shine Brothers at 9 p.m. Saturday; there's no cover. Call 806-381-2599.
Andy Chase will play around 7 p.m. Friday on the patio of the restaurant, 700 S. Taylor St., followed at 7 p.m. Saturday by James Owens. Call 806-220-2588.
Amarillo singer-songwriter Tennessee Tuckness will play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 3415 S. Bell St., Suite K. And singer-songwriter Mike Fuller will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Thursday. There's no cover. Call 806-350-5430.
Amarillo country singer Rusty Cooper will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at the bar, 7117 River Road. There's no cover charge. Call 806-381-1213.
Gabe Marinez of Amarillo band Boss 420 will play 8 p.m. Tuesday at the bar, 2801 Virginia Circle; there's no cover. Call 806-352-3317.
Amarillo country band Midnight Express will play at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the bar, 609 S. Independence St. Cover is $5 for guys and free for women. Call 806-356-0873.
Amarillo instrumental rock band Liquid Jimi will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover is $5. Then, Amarillo rock band Boss 420 will play at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $5. Call 806-355-6600.
Blues Boy Willie will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave. There's no cover. Call 806-331-6698.
DJ Panda spins for Latin Nights at 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at the bar, 4001 E. Interstate 40.
Singer Victor Gallegos will perform at 6 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 3410 S. Coulter St. Call 806-331-6249.
Tejano Wild West
DJ Tino D spins tunes at 9 p.m. Fridays at the bar, 1200 S.E. 10th Ave. Call 806-340-3313.
The newly opened restaurant, 2813 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature Rusty Cooper at 8 p.m. Saturday. There's no cover. Call 806-418-8866.
Amarillo band Strange Saints will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the club, 2501 E. Interstate 40. Cover is $5 for men, free for women. Call 806-379-6555, ext. 2999.
Amarillo country band Panhandle Wind will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave.; cover is $7 or two for $10. Call 806-367-6163.
Pampa singer-songwriter David Swafford will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 3514 S.W. Sixth Ave.; there's no cover. Call 806-372-4500.
Amarillo band The Lakehouse Project will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday show at the bar, 711 S.W. 10th Ave.; cover is $5. Call 806-331-7305.
Maggie Burt hosts an open jam at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Hoots Pub. ... The Van Notes host at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at 6th Street Saloon, 609 S. Independence St. ... Buster Bledsoe hosts open-mic night at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Throwbacks Sports Bar, 7150 S. Bell St. Call 806-418-4482. ... Lee Scheetz host open mic nights at 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave. …Buster Bledsoe hosts an open-mic night at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Buffalo's Cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. ... Loudmouth Tooley hosts open-mic nights at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Leftwoods, 2511 S.W. Sixth 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. ... Tommy Davis hosts open-mic nights at 9 p.m. Thursdays at 6th Street Saloon.
Broken Spoke, 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave., features B-Man's Karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays. There's no cover charge. Call 806-373-9149. ... Buckles Lounge, 6800 E. Interstate 40, also features B-Man's Karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays. There's no cover charge. Call 806-379-8064. ... Cactus Bar, 4831 S. Western St., features B-Man's Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. Saturdays. There's no cover charge. Call 806-356-6369. ... Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave., features karaoke with DJ Ronnie at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Call 806-367-6163. ... 6th Street Saloon, 609 S. Independence, features B-Man's Karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. Call 806-356-0873. ... Buffalo Cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, features B-Man's Karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays. There's no cover. Call 806-655-4400.
(Thanks to Amarillo Music Scene on Facebook for help in compiling these. Check there for daily updates. All listings are subject to change.)