Kayla Richardson: The Amarillo country singer serves up tunes at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Tuesday; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Starlight Theatre: A favorite Amarillo band will headline the next installment of Amarillo Parks & Recreation’s summer series in Sam Houston Park. (7 p.m. Tuesday; Line Avenue and Western Street; free; 806-378-3036)

Jim Laughlin June Jazz Series: The Amarillo College summer tradition returns on the patio at the college’s Ware Building. Austin Brazille and Sean Vokes will perform for the season finale. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday; AC Washington Street campus; free; 806-371-5340)

High Noon on the Square: The cast of the outdoor musical “Texas” will perform for Center City of Amarillo’s annual downtown concert series. This week, enjoy sandwiches from Crush. (noon Wednesday; free, lunch $10; 501 S. Fillmore St.; 806-372-6744)

Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies continue their home season by digging for wins over the Tulsa Drillers. (Wednesday through Monday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

Colton Wilcher: The Amarillo country singer offers midweek fun at Broken Spoke Lounge. (8 p.m. Wednesday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Frequency Within: Tune in to this band’s “Ripped to Pieces” tour when it hits The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (9 p.m. Wednesday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

“Indiana Jones & The Dial of Destiny”: The adventurous archaeologist is back in action, once again punching utterly punchable Nazis. Also opening: animated tween adventure “Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Canadian Fourth of July Celebration: Head to the top of the Panhandle for the 135th annual holiday festivities, featuring museum tours, a downtown parade, ranch rodeo and more. (Thursday through Saturday; various locations in Canadian; 806-323-6234)

Saints’ Roost Celebration: Clarendon’s years-old tradition returns with three nights of rodeo action and a parade, craft fair and barbecue Saturday. (Thursday through Saturday; various locations in Clarendon; 806-874-2421)

Femme Night: RR Bar celebrates women in this evening of art, advocacy and music from Ruth Ellen Lynch & Jazz Plus. (7 p.m. Thursday; 701 S. Georgia St.; 806-342-9000)

Music in the Gardens: Amarillo rock band The Solano Project continues the Amarillo Botanical Gardens’ annual summer concert series, with food from Crave. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1400 Streit Drive; admission $5 for members, $10 nonmembers; 806-352-6513)

New Generation Band: The young Amarillo rock band goes acoustic at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Thursday; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

June Jams: Canyon’s outdoor concert series will wrap for the season with tunes from Canyon country band Seth Ward & The Silence. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; Neblett Park, 508 16th St. in Canyon; free; 806-656-6833)

Will Rogers Range Riders Rodeo: One of the area’s longest-running rodeos returns for another three-day run of fun. Stick around for live music, including The Tejas Brothers on Saturday. (7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 8829 Farm-to-Market Road 1541; tickets $15 nightly; 806-622-2102)

Faster Pussycat: The ’80s glam rock band screams into town for a show at Hoots Pub. (8 p.m. Thursday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Prime Male Revue: This “Magic Mike”-style bump-n-grind show will steam up the night at Guitars & Cadillacs. (8 p.m. Thursday; 3601 Olsen Blvd.; tickets $15 to $100; 806-322-7979)

Neon Nebula: Eureka O’Hara of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “We’re Here” will headline Smile Big Texas’ annual fundraiser at Starlight Ranch Event Center. Come say hi—I’ll be one of the emcees. (6 p.m. Friday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $25 or $35 at the gate, VIP available; 806-342-0515)

Do Portugual Circus: Check out performances of this touring circus outside the gates of Starlight Ranch Event Center. (various times Friday through July 9; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $50; 806-342-0515)

Ri Wolf: Hit the roof at The Barfield for a show with this Amarillo country singer. (7 p.m. Friday; 600 S. Polk St.; 806-414-2200)

Yellow City Comedy: The local comedians bring the laughs to a new venue, Dream Chasers Cafe inside Contagion Athletics. (7 p.m. Friday; 8210 W. Amarillo Blvd.; free; 806-599-4201

Beyond Country: Hit the beach with this country duo at Shark Beach Burgers. (7:30 p.m. Friday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Bomb City Groove: The Amarillo soul band gets down for a show at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Friday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

The Damn Quails: The high-flying Texas country band drops back into town for a show with opener The Trey Clarkson Band at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

What a Blast: The Don Harrington Discovery Center pops off for an early July 4 party for the family, with special science demonstrations on the hour. (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 1200 Streit Drive; admission free for members or $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, military and students or $9 for children; 806-355-9547)

Rocker K Vendors 4th of July Extravaganza Craft & Resale Event: A host of local vendors and food trucks will be on hand for this holiday event at Cactus Cove Inn & Suites. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2501 E. Interstate 40; 806-905-6089)

Dale Smith: The Amarillo singer offers brunch tunes at Sa*vór. (11 a.m. Saturday; 7669 Hillside Road, Suite 600; 806-310-2600)

Plainview Fireworks: The South Plains will light up with annual festivities in Kidsville Park. (5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; 3400 W. Fourth St.; 806-296-7431)

Lake Meredith Independence Weekend Fireworks Show: For the first time in years, the national recreation area will host a pyrotechnic extravaganza. (7 p.m. Saturday; 40 miles northeast of Amarillo near Fritch; 806-857-3151)

Rock N Roll Over: The touring KISS tribute band will rock and roll all night (-ish) at Shark Beach Burgers. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Austin Meade: The Texas country star returns to town for a show at Ocho Segundos. (8 p.m. Saturday; cover; 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.; 806-335-9990)

Sirkiss: The rock band loads up for a show at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Draglesque: The 806 Coffee + Lounge hosts a “star-spangled soiree” to liven up the holiday weekend. (9:30 p.m. Saturday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover $10; 806-322-1806)

New Generation Band: The young Amarillo rock band takes the stage at Broken Spoke Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

George Ducas: The Texas country singer takes a bow at Chesney’s Whiskey Saloon. (10 p.m. Saturday; 715 S. Polk St.; cover)

Sunday Funday: Amarillo rapper Mika Lion headlines this afternoon showcase. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; Cactus Cove Inn & Suites, 2501 E. Interstate 40; tickets $5; 806-905-6089)

The Tejas Brothers: The beloved Tex-Mex band returns to the Golden Light Cantina for a Sunday Soundcheck performance. (5 p.m. Sunday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Billy’s Band Aid Reunion: Shark Beach Burgers hosts a reunion of musicians affiliated with the legendary Amarillo music store, headlined by former owner Billy Stull. (5:30 p.m. Sunday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Garrett T. Capps and Heavy Meddo: Enjoy a night of indie country at Caliche Co. (8 p.m. Sunday; 2311 S.W. Seventh Ave.; cover $15; 806-398-1008)

Independence Weekend Block Party: The Amarillo Sod Poodles close down Eighth Avenue for a holiday street party. (3 to 6 p.m. Monday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; free; 806-803-9547)

Kickin’ It in Canyon: Texas country star William Clark Green headlines the annual holiday concert at the First United Bank Center on the West Texas A&M University campus. (6 p.m. Monday; tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door; 806-655-7815)

Canyon’s 4th of July Independence Day Celebration: The party continues in Canyon with a pancake breakfast, the Fair on the Square, the annual parade and more. (7 a.m. July 4; downtown Canyon; 806-655-7815)

Mud Volleyball World Championship Tournament: The Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce gets dirty every year with this holiday festival, also featuring vendors and food sales. (8 a.m. July 4; McDade Park, 14th Avenue and Durrett Drive in Dumas; 806-935-2123)

Pampa Fourth of July: Party with the Harvesters at this community celebration at Recreation Park, including live music, fireworks, a hot dog eating contest and more. (11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4; one mile east of Pampa on U.S. Highway 60; 806-669-3241)


Amarillo Community Market: Enjoy a day of shopping, food and live music around the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce as this summertime tradition continues. (8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 9; 1000 S. Polk St.; free; 806-372-6744)

Amarillo Museum of Art: Don’t miss eye-popping exhibitions by artists Terry Allen and Jun Kaneko through Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, respectively. (2200 S. Van Buren St.; 806-371-5050)

American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: Dig into equine history with the museum’s archive collection, on view through July 29. (2601 E. Interstate 40; 806-376-5181)

Canyon Farmers Market: Check out wares from 75 vendors, plus food trucks, live music and more. (8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 30; Canyon downtown square; 806-567-0746)

“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition”: Get face-to-face with the artist’s iconic frescos in this interactive traveling exhibit on view at the Arts in the Sunset. The exhibition is on view by appointment through July 23. (3701 Plains Blvd.; opening reception $150 and up; regular tickets $22.50 and up for adults, $19 and up for children; 806-354-8802)

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: Enjoy the Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired “On the Edge of the Plains” and the Gisella Loeffler exhibition “Lots of Love, Gisella,” both on view through January. (2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon; 806-651-2244)

The Simulated Universe: Amarillo’s newest attraction is this immersive art experience a la Meow Wolf. (noon to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays; 1215 S.W. 10th Ave.; reservations required; 832-690-7731 or thesimulateduniverse@gmail.com)

“Texas”: The outdoor musical returns for a 57th season in Palo Duro Canyon State Park Pioneer Amphitheatre. (8:15 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Aug. 4; dinner at 6 p.m.; ticket prices vary; 806-651-2181)

Wonderland Park: The 2023 season is in full swing at Amarillo’s amusement park. (Wednesdays through Sundays; times and ticket prices vary; 2601 Dumas Drive; 806-383-3344)


  • 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.