By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
From country to metal, rock to Tejano, here's your roundup of live music, DJs and karaoke to put a song in your heart through Oct. 20.
Tejon Street Corner Thieves
Sure, the guys in Colorado Springs-based Americana rock band Tejon Street Corner Thieves like the sounds of their ramshackle instruments.
But to be honest, there are other considerations behind the jerry-rigged washboards and makeshift drums: "We're all a ragtag group. We're all pretty poor," singer Connor O'Neal laughed.
Fortunately, the financial realities align nicely with the aesthetic of the band, which returns to town for a 10 p.m. Saturday show at Golden Light Cantina, 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $7. Amarillo bands Playa Lake and The Toronto Mayors will open.
"We have punk roots, so we've figured out a way to incorporate that in our old-time blues and ragtime sound," O'Neal said. "We figure, we'll just take what we've got. Our kickdrum is a suitcase. The washboard has a rigged cymbal on it and a couple of pots and pans."
As befits their hardscrabble appearance, the band is no stranger to roughing it.
"We started playing (together) by busking downtown to get food money, beer money — the necessities — and it just kind of took off from there," O'Neal said. "We got some media attention and started booking some shows and realized we had something, so we kept going with it.
"Now, we're to the point where we're touring pretty regularly and getting some offers from some record labels and distribution deals, but we've turned them all down so far."
O'Neal started playing banjo at age 13 and is happy to see another resurgence of interest in the band's roots-drenched sound.
"We got lucky enough to have a tradition that's been forgotten finally come back around and work out for us," he said.
El Trio Cortez will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the downtown restaurant, 727 S. Polk St. Call 806-373-8889.
The Jazztober concert series continues with The Martinis at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the chamber grounds, 1000 S. Polk St. The concert is free, and attendees should bring blankets and chairs. Call 806-373-7800.
The bar, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature singer-songwriter Dillon Taylor of Dix Hat Band giving an acoustic show at 10 p.m. Friday; cover is $5. Then, get ready to rock with a show featuring headliner 5 Billion and Counting with local support from Lifeless to Life, Loudmouth Lisa and Boss 420 at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $5. Call 806-803-9063.
The rural winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541, will host its annual Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River Music Festival from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, featuring food trucks, beer and, naturally, lots of wine. The lineup includes Velvet Funk, Ray Wilson and the A-Town Rockers, a new band featuring members who formerly played with Sativa Ro and Vic Fontana & The Automatics. Tickets are $20.
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.
Lubbock rockers Early Morning Reign will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave. There's no cover charge. Call 806-373-9149.
A trio of Amarillo musicians will perform at the restaurant, 614 S. Polk St.: Cody Jasper will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Heath Seager will play at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Eddie Esler will play at 7 p.m. Thursday. There's no cover. Call 806-376-4700.
Amarillo singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea will play at 9:30 p.m. Friday and DJ Saga will spin for a 9:30 p.m. Saturday show at the bar, 703 S. Polk St. There's no cover. Call 806-376-8180.
Amarillo folk-rock band The DustJackets will play at 9 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 6103 S. Coulter St., Suite 200; there's no cover. Call 806-376-5286.
The band Medic 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-songwriter Jill Riley. 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.
Next to Kin will play at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the bar and restaurant, 7145 S. Bell St. Call 806-398-9991.
Amarillo Symphony will feature clarinet soloist Anthony McGill in its October concerts, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. McGill will perform Claude Debussy's Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet and a new clarinet concerto by Chris Rogerson, the Symphony's composer-in-residence. The concert also features Aaron Copland's Rodeo Suite and Morton Gould's Latin American Symphonette and American Salute.Tickets are $16 to $52, plus fees. Read my preview for more information.
Golden Light Cantina
Amarillo country-rock band The Flying Elbows Perspective will play at 10 p.m. Friday at the cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $7. Then, as seen above, Colorado rockers Tejon Street Corner Thieves will play with help from Amarillo bands Playa Lake and The Toronto Mayors at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $7. And finally, alt-rocker Derek Bohl will celebrate the release of his EP, Said & Heard, with a 10 p.m. Thursday show; cover is $5. Call 806-374-9237.
Texas country singer-songwriter Max Stalling (check out our interview) will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 2424 Hobbs Road; cover is $12, and fellow singer-songwriter Adam Hood will open (here's my last interview with Hood). Then, Texas country star Bart Crow will play at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $15, and Lubbock rising stars Flatland Cavalry will open. Stephenville-based Texas country singer Mike Stanley will give a free acoustic show around 10 p.m. Sunday. 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 singer-songwriter Clark Griffin will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 1219 S.W. 10th Ave., followed by Brian Wynne at 10 p.m. Saturday. There's no cover either night. Call 806-677-6450.
Amarillo singer-songwriter Brandon Todd will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at the restaurant/bar, 410 15th St. in Canyon. There's no cover.
Amarillo classic rock band Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 2108 Paramount Blvd. There's no cover. Call 806-463-7900.
DJ Element spins every Friday at the bar, 521 S.E. 10th Ave. Cover is $5 after midnight. Call 806-418-8971.
Rockabilly band Doug C & The Blacklisted will play at 10 p.m. Friday the bar, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $5. Call 806-367-9840.
Country singer William Michael Morgan, whose debut album Vinyl dropped Sept. 30, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 4400 S. Georgia St.; tickets are $10 in advance or $12 for ages 21 and older and $15 ages 18 to 20 on the day of the show. Call 806-358-7083.
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 Mike Fuller will play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 3415 S. Bell St., Suite K. And singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Thursday. There's no cover. Call 806-350-5430.
Amarillo singer-songwriter Johnathan Torres will play 9 p.m. Friday at the bar, 2801 Virginia Circle; cover is $5. Then, fellow singer-songwriter Tyler Higgins will play at 9 p.m. Saturday; cover is $5. Call 806-352-3317.
The bar, 701 S. Georgia St., will the AC jazz band at 9 p.m. Sunday; there's no cover, but donations will be accepted to help the band travel to Greeley, Colo. Call 806-342-9000.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine will perform for the Friends of Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1024 concert series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St. Tickets are $30 or $10 for students. Check out my interview with Pine about her historic instrument, and you can also watch her talking about her childhood and escape from poverty on PBS NewsHour.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly will play at 9 p.m. Friday at the bar, 609 S. Independence St. Then, Oklahoma band 12 Gauge will play at 9 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $5 for guys and free for women. Call 806-356-0873.
Amarillo rock band Hangmanwill perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover is $5. Then, Clovis, N.M., rock band Junk Yard Rhino will play at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $5 for men and free for women. Call 806-355-6600.
Amarillo band Moon Dog will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave. There's no cover charge for any show. 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.
Buster Bledsoe will play a solo acoustic show at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the bar, 7150 S. Bell St. Call 806-418-4482.
Cloud Seed & Big Chief Tablet (featuring Danny Dobervich and Strangetowne's Ben Cargo) will perform at 7 p.m. at the coffeeshop, 5215 S. Coulter St., Suite 100. There's no cover. Call 806-803-9022.
Clovis, N.M., country band Will Banister & The Modern-Day Ramblers 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.
Lubbock country band Hogg Maulies will play at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave., followed by Amarillo D.J. Ronnie at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover is $7 or two for $10. Call 806-367-6163.
Amarillo rock singer Lindi Willis will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 711 S.W. 10th Ave. 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. ... 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.
Buffalo Cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, features B-Man's Karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays. ... 6th Street Saloon 609 S. Independence, features B-Man's Karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays. ... Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave., features karaoke with DJ Ronnie at 9 p.m. Tuesdays.
(Thanks to Amarillo Music Scene on Facebook for help in compiling these. Check there for daily updates. All listings are subject to change.)