Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies continue their home season by going birding against the Springfield Cardinals. (Tuesday through Sunday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

Goldpine: The touring Americana duo rolls into Buffalo Grass Music Hall in Panhandle. (7 p.m. Tuesday; 123 Main St. in Panhandle; 806-236-2933)

Starlight Theatre: Amarillo songstress Tennessee Tuckness and her friends will headline the season’s first installment of Amarillo Parks & Recreation’s summer series in Sam Houston Park. Next week: Ruth Ellen Lynch & Jazz Plus. (7 p.m. Tuesday; Line Avenue and Western Street; free; 806-378-3036)

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

Dale Smith: The Amarillo singer offers underground tunes in The Barfield’s Speakeasy. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

S.J. Tucker: The self-proclaimed “pixie pirate myth punk folk rock” performer headlines Aunt Eek’s Books & Curiosities latest parking lot concert. Tucker also will sign copies of her children’s book “Rabbit’s Song.” (7 p.m. Wednesday; 2900 S.W. Sixth Ave.; free, but donations accepted; 806-420-0021)

“Shin Kamen Rider”: This new take on a classic Japanese action flick gets a one-night-only screening in Amarillo. (7 p.m. Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

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)

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”: The multiversal animated sequel has a lot to live up to, but trailers look like a blast. Also opening: Stephen King adaptation “The Boogeyman.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Goldpine: The touring Americana duo is a live music ambassador for High Plains Public Radio in a concert at the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center. (6 p.m. Thursday; 320 S. Cuyler St. in Pampa; donations accepted; 806-664-0824)

Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo: Working cowboys compete for bragging rights in this beloved annual tradition. (7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.; tickets $28 adults, $18 children; 806-376-7767)

First Thursday Art + Music: Kick June off in style with art from Cassie Turner and a night of live tunes at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Katsük: The Fort Worth psychedelic singer brings his vibes to The Handle Bar & Grill. (7 p.m. Thursday; 3514 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-803-9538)

Michael Martin Murphey: The legendary cowboy singer returns to the area for two shows at Buffalo Grass Music Hall in Panhandle. Friday’s is sold out, and Thursday is going fast. (7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 123 Main Street in Panhandle; tickets $50-$60; 806-236-2933)

Music in the Gardens: Amarillo country singer Jack Cryver kicks off the Amarillo Botanical Gardens’ annual summer concert series, with food from Yum Yum Hibachi food truck. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1400 Streit Drive; admission $5 for members, $10 nonmembers; 806-352-6513)

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

Diamond & Gold: Local musician Dean Yates headlines this Neil Diamond tribute concert, a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $20, including fees; 806-378-3096)

First Thursday Open Mic: Aunt Eek’s Books & Curiosities offers performance space for any brave soul willing to share music, poetry or more. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with Drag Queen Story Time. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; 2900 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-420-0021)

June Jams: Canyon’s outdoor concert series returns with tunes from Amarillo country singer Cameron James Smith. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; Neblett Park, 508 16th St. in Canyon; free; 806-656-6833)

Evol & Frenz: A monster lineup of rap, rock, punk and EDM acts swarm into Zombiez Bar & Grill. (4 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday; 711 S. 10th Ave.; cover $20; 806-331-7305)

Texas Route 66 Festival Kickoff Celebration: This free block party launches a 10-day celebration of all things Mother Road, leading up to the highway’s 100th birthday in 2026. A fireworks show will follow the Sod Poodles’ game against the Springfield Cardinals. (4 p.m. Friday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; pre-party is free, and game ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547 or 806-374-1497)

First Friday Art Walk: The favorite tradition continues at newly renovated Arts in the Sunset. (5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 3701 Plains Blvd.; free; 806-354-8802)

Goldpine: The touring band opens up Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast’s new Troubadour Series. (7 p.m. Friday; 100 Brentwood Road; $15 at gate; 806-336-1459)

Red Dirt Rockers: The lively Amarillo band hits the beach at Shark Beach Burgers. (7:30 p.m. Friday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Brett Young: The West Coast country star headlines a show on the Starlight Ranch Event Center’s mainstage with opener Tyler Rich. (8 p.m. Friday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $35; 806-342-0515)

Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild: The Amarillo oldies band gets its kicks on Route 66 during a night at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Friday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Slade Coulter: The Texas country singer offers a show with opener Logan Samford at Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Cameron James Smith: The young Amarillo country star reigns at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

National Trails Day: Lace up the hiking boots to take advantage of the miles of new trails built by volunteers at the in-the-works Cross Bar trail center northwest of the city. Meet at 9 a.m. at the white gate to caravan inside. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Saturday; Brickplant Road off North Western Street; 806-236-2088)

Amarillo Coors Cowboy Club Cattle Drive & Parade: Now taking place on a Saturday morning, this annual blast-from-the-past will feature 60 longhorns strolling through downtown Amarillo on their way to the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, as well as a full parade, all part of the Texas Route 66 Festival. (10 a.m. Saturday, Polk Street in downtown Amarillo; free; 806-374-1497)

Musicians on a Mission: A huge lineup of Amarillo acts will perform at this day-long festival at Zombiez Bar & Grill (offering all-ages access until 9 p.m.) Among the acts: Clarke Paige, Honeybadger, Kreature of the Night, Trip, Trench Rat, Dyscarcia, Corrosive Wrath, Horrid Demise and Two Far Gone. Proceeds benefit the Tony Hawk Skatepark Project. (noon to midnight Saturday; 711 S. 10th Ave.; cover $5; 806-331-7305)

“The Magic Flute”: “The Met: Live in HD” continues with this acclaimed new staging of the classic Mozart opera. (11:55 a.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Amarillo Crawfish Festival: Get your Cajun on at this hopping party at Starlight Ranch Event Center featuring bounce houses, food trucks, live music from Jason D. Williams and more. (2 to 8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $35 or $65 for VIP; 806-342-0515)

Suga: Live from Japan: The K-pop superstar’s “D-Day” Tour gets a live screening. (7 p.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Appetite for GNR: Shark Beach Burgers continues its summer of tribute concerts with this Guns N’ Roses cover band. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Ri Wolf: The Amarillo country singer offers a night of tunes at Mickey’s Place. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1512 Fifth Ave. in Canyon; 806-452-7320)

Love Session: Enjoy a heartfelt night of tunes with this Amarillo band at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast. (8 p.m. Saturday; 100 Brentwood Road; $15 at gate; 806-336-1459)

The A-Town Rockers: The Amarillo rock band makes some noise at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Crizzly: The nationally touring Texas DJ brings it hard for a show at Ocho Segundos nightclub that also features Astro, DJ RoRo, Realezt and Sleepyboi. (8 p.m. Saturday; tickets $15 to $30; 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.; 806-335-9990 or

Being: The existential-sounding indie band headlines The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Jake Worthington: “The Voice” finalist and Texas country star returns to town for a show at the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Kenny “Bulldawg” Willis: The Amarillo rocker offers a solo show at Skooterz. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

Red Dirt Rockers: The Amarillo country band takes the stage at Broken Spoke Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

The Texas Transplants: The Amarillo country band takes a shot at Whiskey River. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4001 S.W. 51st Ave.; cover $10; 806-367-6163)

The Trey Clarkson Band and The Tanner Lane Band: The young Amarillo bands team up for a night of country at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Toast & Jams: Enjoy brunch-time shopping and snacking at Starlight Ranch Event Center, with live music from Yvonne Perea. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; free; 806-342-0515)

Tom Buechi: The Amarillo one-man-band offers tunes at the Sad Monkey Mercantile on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. (noon Sunday; 9800 Texas Highway 217; 806-488-2658)

“Raiders of the Lost Ark”: Get ready for the return of Indiana Jones with revival screenings of his original high-energy adventure. (4 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. June 7; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Rob Leines and Summer Dean: The Texas duo brings their “Two to Tango” tour to the Golden Light Cantina. (6 p.m. Sunday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Texas Route 66 Festival Low-Rider Cruise: Take to the streets in your favorite low-rider or just watch the fun in this free parade down Amarillo Boulevard. (6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Amarillo Boulevard between Flamingo’s Restaurant and Route 66 Inn; 806-374-1497)

“Route 66: A Journey through Texas”: The newly formed Amarillo Film Society does its part for the Texas Route 66 Festival by offering a free screening of this 1999 documentary by Panhandle PBS at the Golden Light Cantina. (6 p.m. Monday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-374-1497)

Jim Laughlin June Jazz Series: The Amarillo College summer tradition returns on the patio at the college’s Ware Building. Up first: The Martinis. (7:30 p.m. June 6; AC Washington Street campus; free; 806-371-5340)


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. Plus, don’t miss some amazing behind-the-scenes photos of “Lonesome Dove” by executive producer Bill Wittliff through June 23. (2601 E. Interstate 40; 806-376-5181)

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


  • 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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