“Texas”: The beloved Panhandle tradition is back in action, with performances Tuesdays through Saturdays in Pioneer Amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. (5:45 to 7:45 p.m. dinner service; 8:15 p.m. show; tickets $15 to $65; 806-655-2181)

Starlight Theatre: Amarillo party band Insufficient Funds brings the tunes for this week’s season finale of Amarillo Parks & Recreation’s summer tradition in Sam Houston Park. (7 p.m. Tuesday; Line Avenue and Western Street; free; 806-378-3036)

Starlight Canyon Songwriters Series: Sit and chill with songs from Kenzie Crabtree in this new outdoor series at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 100 Brentwood Road; cover $12 in advance, $15 at gate; 806-336-1459)

“Kiki’s Delivery Service”: This delightful anime classic hits screens for the Studio Ghibli Fest. (7 p.m. Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Mila Rae: The Amarillo singer will bring some sweet country to The Barfield’s speakeasy. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

“Bullet Train”: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji and Bad Bunny star as assassins all stuck on the same train to Kyoto in this madcap thriller. Also opening: family comedy “Easter Sunday” from Filipino-American comedian Jo Koy. (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square; and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd.)

XIT Rodeo & Reunion: It’s a full weekend of fun in Dalhart with the 86th-annual throwdown, featuring hot rodeo action, a watermelon feed Thursday, a pork chop feed Friday, the world’s largest BBQ feed Saturday and music from Amarillo country band 9 Eyes on Thursday, Cory Morrow on Friday and Randall King on Saturday. (Thursday through Saturday; ticket prices vary; xitrodeoreunion.com

Wild One Anniversary Celebration: Amarillo country-rockers Roman Carbajal Band will headline The Barfield’s first anniversary party. (5 p.m. Thursday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

First Thursday Art + Music: The 806 Coffee + Lounge offers a selfie-themed art show with tunes from Derek Porterfield & All His Friends. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2812 SW Sixth Ave.; donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Music in the Gardens: Amarillo country singer Lindsay Lane headlines this week’s installment of Amarillo Botanical Gardens’ annual summer concert series, with food from Yolo’s. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1400 Streit Drive; admission $5 for members, $10 nonmembers; 806-352-6513)

Music at Wellington Square Courtyard: Young Amarillo combo The Del Cueto Quartet brings the heat for this week’s installment of the outdoor concert series. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1601 Kentucky St.; cover $15)

Matt Moran: The touring singer-songwriter hits town for a show at Leftwoods. (9 p.m. Thursday; 2511 SW Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-367-9840)

CMA Silver Jubilee: Celebrate 25 years of Chamber Music Amarillo with this ritzy fundraiser in the Fairly Club at Hodgetown, featuring food, drinks and a wine pull. (6 p.m. Friday; 715 S. Buchanan St.; 806-376-8782)

Dive-In Movie Night: Enjoy a screening of “Moana” after an evening swim at Canyon Aqua Park. (7:30 p.m. Friday; tickets $3; 1900 12th Ave. in Canyon; 806-655-5016)

Amarillo Community Market: Enjoy a beautiful morning at the downtown farmers market, featuring food trucks, live music and tons of vendors. (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday; Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St.; free; 806-335-6360)

International Cat Day: Here kitty, kitty, kitty. Head to Amarillo Zoo for a celebration of all things feline. (9:30 a.m. Saturday; 700 Comanchero Trail; admission prices vary; 806-381-7911)

Ama-Con: Take in two full days of actors, cosplayers, artists, authors and much more at the 10th anniversary of Amarillo Public Library’s pop culture celebration. (11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St.; admission $5 one day, $8 two days; 806-378-3051)

806 Day: Enjoy a full day of fun at Zombiez Bar & Grill with vendors, beer pong and music from The Vacant, DloeSkoe, Erratic Soul, In The Mind of Asterion, Big Head Benji, Outsiders By Intoxication, Toxic Menace, Empresario Music, Adnama & Akasia, Corrosive Wrath, Jeffrey Neurotic, Ely and headliners 806ICK. (5 p.m. Saturday; 711 S. 10th Ave.; cover $5; 806-331-7305)

“Lost in My Moment”: Amarillo streetwear line Momentum of Roses shows off its latest collection in this event featuring food trucks, artists, vendors and music from DJ-CLOS, Nicky Cortez, Juicebox and more. (6 p.m. Saturday; Amarillo Five Star Hail Repair, 621 S.E. 10th Ave.; tickets $15 in advance, $25 at the door; www.momentumofroses.com)

Dawg Days of Summer Social Dance: Footloose Amarillo hosts this dance party, complete with lessons and music from Cameron James Smith & The Band Monarch. BYOB. (7 p.m. Saturday; Tripp’s Harley-Davidson, 6040 W. Interstate 40: tickets $20 adults, $5 teens; footlooseamarillo@gmail.com)

Moon Dog: The Amarillo rockers bid farewell to a member with this show at Smokey Joe’s. (7 p.m. Saturday; 2903 SW Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-331-6698)

Steve-O: The “Jackass” star brings his sure-to-be-brutal Bucket List Tour to town for a show at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (7 p.m. Saturday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $35 to $55; 806-378-3096)

Boots vs. Badges: Firefighters and law enforcement officers face off on the diamond in this 14th annual fundraiser for 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle and Coffee Memorial Blood Center. (7:05 p.m. Saturday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $10; 806-331-4100)

Gary P. Nunn: The Texas music legend returns for a show at Starlight Ranch Event Center. And if you’re lucky, you can catch the sold-out, rescheduled show Friday by Texas country superstar Cody Johnson with The Powell Brothers. (8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $25 to $65; 806-556-4456)

Plan B: The ’80s cover band brings the party back to Skooterz. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

Ryan & The Resistors: The Albuquerque-based country band brings the twang to Broken Spoke Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 3101 SW Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Derek Porterfield: The Amarillo-based singer-songwriter hits the stage at Golden Light Cantina with Ayden Hayes and Kayla Richardson. Plus, don’t miss Red Dirt legend Mike McClure in a special Sunday Soundcheck performance. And for the older crowd, ’90s-era throwbacks The Blue Johnnies perform Friday. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2908 SW Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Texas Originals: The “Texas” company offers its annual variety show and scholarship fundraiser in the Branding Iron Theatre at West Texas A&M University. (7:30 p.m. Monday; tickets $10; 806-655-2181)

Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies go birding with a series against the Springfield Cardinals. (Aug. 9 to 14; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)


  • 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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