Starlight Theatre: Amarillo country band The Prairie Dogs pop up for Parks & Recreation’s concert series this week at Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street. (7 p.m. Tuesday; free)

“The Protégé”: Maggie Q is a contract killer bound for revenge following the death of her mentor in this new action flick. Also opening this week: Rebecca Hall as a widow uncovering her husband’s secrets in “The Night House.” (Opens Thursday)

Yellow Rose Jazz: The Jim Laughlin Quartet takes the stage at Six Car Pub & Brewery for the latest installment of the Amarillo Symphony’s outdoor concert series. (6:30 p.m. Thursday; 625 S. Polk St.; tickets $15; 806-376-8782)

Music in the Gardens: Amarillo country band Texas Tumbleweed Junction will take the stage at this week’s installment of the concert series at Amarillo Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss the dance lessons beginning at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1400 Streit Drive; $10; 806-352-6513)

“Calendar Girls”: Amarillo Little Theatre’s season officially opens with this British comedy about some saucy dames who pose nude for a charity calendar. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Aug. 29; ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

Jason Boland & The Stragglers: The Red Dirt stars return to town for a red-hot show at Hoot’s Pub. Also heading to Hoot’s: country singer Josh Weathers on Friday and honkytonkers The Chad Cooke Band on Saturday. (10 p.m. Thursday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover $20

Insufficient Funds: The Amarillo party band takes the stage at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast for a concert under the stars. (7:30 p.m. Friday; 100 Brentwood Road; cover $12-$15; 806-622-2382)

Rhett Uhland & The Morning Shakes: The Amarillo-based country band rocks into the Golden Light Cantina. On tap for Saturday: Country singer Scotty Alexander. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover)

Amarillo Community Market: Get your pick of the best from local crafters, artisans and more. (8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday; 1000 S. Polk St.; 806-372-6744)

PampaFest: Texas country faves Cooder Graw and the golden-throated Zac Wilkerson will headline this day-long party in downtown Pampa. Festivities also include food trucks, vendors, activities and additional music from Travis Roberts, Velvet Funk and The Michael D. Coon Band. (10 a.m. Saturday; tickets $25 in advance, $35 at the gate; 806-664-8282)

30th Anniversary Party: Celebrate three decades of fun at Broken Spoke Lounge with live music, food, door prizes and more. (2 p.m. Saturday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-373-9149)

The Big Upbeat Concert & Dance Celebration: This Christian music festival in Sam Houston Park will raise funds for Los Barrios de Amarillo and Wesley Community Center. In addition to tunes from Mission Music and the Power Church praise band, enjoy Doxa dance troupe, food trucks, children’s activities and more. (2 p.m. Saturday; Line Avenue and Western Street; free, donations accepted; 806-367-1506)

Music at Wellington Square Courtyard: Amarillo combo Esquire Jazz will headline this week’s installment of Amarillo’s newest outdoor music series. (7 p.m. Saturday; 1601 Kentucky St.; tickets $12-$15)


  • Chip Chandler

    Chip is the senior communications specialist at West Texas A&M University. A Canadian High School graduate and award-winning journalist, he has covered arts and entertainment in Amarillo since 1998 and is a member of the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council arts committee. He is a 2020 Golden Nail Award winner and a 2017 National Philanthropy Day award winner. He is a member of the national GALECA critics group, has seen every Best Picture Oscar winner and watches way too much television.

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