By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
From rock to country, "blues-grass" to Tejano, these are the tunes that will liven up your nights for Labor Day weekend and beyond.
Austin-based singer Drew Fish grew up around music — so much so, in fact, that the guy next door even told him he should maybe do it for a living.
"To me, it was a neighbor telling me to get a band together," Fish said. "I didn't really know who he was."
He shoulda listened. The neighbor, it turns out, was Lloyd Maines, the Lubbock native and Texas music icon (and father of Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, to boot.)
No harm done, though: Maines eventually hooked Fish up with Grammy-winning producer Adam Odor to produce the band's two albums, including its most recent, Treat You Right. The Drew Fish Band will celebrate its release with a 10 p.m. Saturday show at Golden Light Cantina, 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $7.
Around the same time as Fish's unheeded advice from Maines, he got another push into music.
"When I was in high school, Cory Morrow was having a show in Tyler. He was a family friend of ours ... so I was there, and he pulled me up on stage," Fish said. "I played 'Drink One More Round' ... (and) looking at it now, I was terrible. ... I rushed the song so much.
"But at the time, I came off stage and said, 'That was so much fun, so cool, I need to get a band together'," Fish recalled. "That was kind of the turning point."
El Trio Cortez will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the downtown restaurant, 727 S. Polk St.
Jason Hodges and Eddie Esler 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.
The bar, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature Brian Wynne at 10 p.m. Friday; cover is $5. Amarillo-based Texas country band Danny Ruiz & Gypsy Renegade will celebrate the release of its new EP, A Dusty Neon Trail, at a 10 p.m. Saturday show; cover is $5. DJ Angel Rooney will spin tunes for Sunday Funday beginning around 2 p.m.
Texas country singer-songwriter Jarrod Johnson will give a free show at 7 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 7701 E. Interstate 40.
Moses Morin will play at 8 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 614 S. Polk St., followed by Tyler Caffey at 8 p.m. Saturday. There's no cover.
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.
Amarillo rocker Lindi Willis will give a solo show at 9 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave. There's no cover charge.
Amarillo singer-songwriter Tyler Higgins will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the cafe, 2811 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. There's no cover.
Amarillo singer-songwriter Tyler Higgins will perform at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the bar, 703 S. Polk St. A band (or DJ) that's still TBA will give a 9:30 p.m. Saturday show. There's no cover.
Amarillo bands Mount Ivy, Retrospection and Smooth Taste will team for a 9 p.m. Saturday show at the coffee shop, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. "Blues-grass" act West King String Band will perform at 9 p.m. Monday, and the band Machine will perform at 9 p.m. Wednesday. And singer-songwriter Elle Carpenter will perform at 10 p.m. Thursday. Shows are free, but donations are accepted.
Folk singer Andy Chase performs at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the local pizza franchise’s original location, 2803 Civic Circle.
Los Cuatros Compadres will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 1401 S. Arthur St.
Golden Light Cantina
"Gypsy-punk-folk" band Adrian + Meredith will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $6. As mentioned above, Austin's The Drew Fish Band will celebrate the release of its new album with a 10 p.m. Saturday show; cover is $7. Rising star John Fullbright will give a 10 p.m. Tuesday show; cover is $20. And Oklahoma rock band Derek Paul & The Handsome Devils will perform at 10 p.m. Thursday; cover is $5.
David Ramirez, Chance Anderson and Dave Martinez will team for a 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 2424 Hobbs Road; cover charge is unknown, as it is for Saturday, when The Shane Rogers Band and Maggie Burt will perform. The bar's new happy hour performances continue: The Solano Project on Tuesdays, Johnny Reverb Holston on Wednesdays and Bobby McCauley of The Cassettes on Thursdays. Happy hour shows start at 5:45, and there's no cover.
Amarillo blues-rocker Cody Jasper will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 1219 S.W. 10th Ave. There's no cover.
Jackie Haney & The Geezers Gone Wild will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 2108 Paramount Blvd. There's no cover.
Music on the patio at the Mexican eatery, 7312 Wallace Blvd., will include Cory Michael at 6 p.m. Friday and Shane Rogers from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, as well as 6 p.m. Thursday. There's no cover.
DJ Element spins every Friday at the bar, 521 S.E. 10th Ave. Cover is $5 after midnight.
Funk-masters Roxy Roca return for a 10 p.m. Saturday show at the bar, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover is $7. Check out my interview with lead singer Taye Cannon earlier this summer. Black Pussy (oy, that name) and Stone Machine Electric will perform at 10 p.m. Sunday. And Machine will give a free show at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The bar has recently changed ownership (to Branden Mann and Gordon & Rebecca McGraw), and they've gone back to allowing smoking indoors.
Rockers Strange Saints will perform for the latest in the Amarillo Live! concert series at 9 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $6 for ages 21 and older or $10 for ages 18 to 20.
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.
Amarillo singer-songwriter Tennessee Tuckness will play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 3415 S. Bell St., Suite K., followed by Mike Fuller at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Amarillo musicians Tommy Gallagher and Johnathan Torres will give a joint acoustic show at 8 p.m. Friday. Brian Wynne will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the club, 2801 Virginia Circle. There's no cover charge.
The Solano Project will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the restaurant's Georgia Street location, 2001 S. Georgia St. And Sativa Ro will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the patio at the restaurant's Soncy Road location, 3616 Soncy Road. There's no cover at either location.
Moon Dog will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant, 3130 S. Soncy Road. There's no cover.
Amarillo country band Texas Tumbleweed Junction 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.
Loaded Six will play at 8 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave. Then, the bar has "Steve & Eric" listed as playing at 8 p.m. Saturday. Who are they? Your guess is as good as mine. Would you like to know before you head out to hear them? Good luck with that. Anyway, there's no cover charge for any show.
Amarillo rock band Liquid Jimi will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 4100 Bushland Blvd., followed by Lubbock rockers Undercover (which is so undercover, in fact, that I can't find it online) at 10 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $5 each night.
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.
Buster Bledsoe will play a solo acoustic show at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the bar, 7150 S. Bell St.
Bakersfield Twang will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the club, 2501 E. Interstate 40. Cover is $5 for men, free for women.
Sleeping Bear will rock out at 10 p.m. Friday at the bar, 711 S.W. 10th Ave.; cover is $5 (probably; the bartender wasn't sure, so plan accordingly). And Skeleton Krew will thrash at 10 p.m. Saturday; cover (again, probably) is $5.
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 Hoots Pub. ... The Van Notes host at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at 6th Street Saloon, 609 S. Independence St. ... Mike Chism and 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.
(Thanks to Amarillo Music Scene on Facebook for help in compiling these. Check there for daily updates. All listings are subject to change.)