September

The Toadies: The iconic Texas alt-rock band (with deep Amarillo ties) will perform their major-label debut Rubberneck in its entirety at this Sept. 15 concert at Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive. Other major concerts of note include legendary Texas singers Steve Earle and Ray Wylie Hubbard on Sept. 2 at Starlight Ranch; Tejas Brothers on Sept. 6 at Golden Light Cantina, 2908 SW Sixth Ave.; revived ’90s alt-rock band Sublime with Rome on Sept. 9, also at Starlight Ranch; Friends of Fogelberg, the prostate cancer awareness concert, on Sept. 9 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.; Mike & The Moonpies on Sept. 9 at Golden Light Cantina; aughts-era rockers Hinder on Sept. 16 at Hoot’s Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road; Bart Crow on Sept. 23 at Starlight Ranch; classic rock giants The Beach Boys on Sept. 23 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St.; rockers Dear Marsha on Sept. 24 at Golden Light Cantina; the “Don’t Bring Me Down” Homecoming concert featuring a local E.L.O. cover band and the West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 30 at WT; and country star Kody West on Sept. 30 at Starlight Ranch.

Tri-State Fair and Rodeo: The beloved Panhandle tradition returns in full force this year with nine days of fairway fun, fried food, rompin’ rodeos and magnificent music from Sept. 16 to 24 on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave. Headliners include Wade Bowen on Sept. 16 and The Frontmen (featuring lead singers from Little Texas, Restless Heart and Lonestar). Other can’t-miss events include the annual Crime Stoppers Car Show on Sept. 3 in the Civic Center Complex; comedian Steve Treviño on Sept. 10 in the Civic Center Auditorium; the “Americans and the Holocaust” traveling exhibit on view Sept. 17 to Oct. 23 in the Amarillo Public Library downtown branch, 413 SE Fourth Ave.; the Great Epilepsy Cookout on Sept. 24 in the Civic Center Grand Plaza; the wrap-up of the Amarillo Sod Poodles’ regular season with a series against the Frisco Roughriders and the Arkansas Travelers; fall fun at Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm, 12908 S. Bell St., weekends from Sept. 24 to Oct. 30; and the Junior League of Amarillo’s annual Best of Texas fundraiser—featuring Easton Corbin, Roger Creager, Pat Green and Lindsay Lane—on Sept. 24 at Starlight Ranch.

Guys and Dolls: Amarillo Little Theatre revives one of the truly classic musicals—one chock full of mobsters, molls and mugging—for performances Sept. 8 to 25 on the Allen Shankles Mainstage,
2019 Civic Circle. Also on the arts front, new Amarillo Symphony conductor George Jackson kicks off his inaugural season with Mozart and Shostakovich on Sept. 16 and 17 in the Globe-News Center, and WT Theatre mounts recent musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 in the Branding Iron Theatre.

The Woman King: Viola Davis stars as the ruler of an African country in this historical epic from director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard), due out Sept. 16. Other new releases to watch for include the comedy Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul, with Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown on Sept. 2; action epic Medieval with Ben Foster and Michael Caine on Sept. 9; thriller God’s Country with Thandiwe Newton on Sept. 16; and gay romantic comedy Bros from Billy Eichner on Sept. 30. Special screenings will include 40th anniversary screenings of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Sept. 4, 5 and 8; 10th anniversary screenings of Pitch Perfect on Sept. 11 and 14; premiere screenings of Kevin Smith’s Clerks III from Sept. 13 to 18; 40th anniversary screenings of Poltergeist on Sept. 25, 26 and 28; and Studio Ghibli Festival screenings of Howl’s Moving Castle, also on Sept. 25, 26 and 28.

October

Hoodoo Mural Festival: One of Amarillo’s best and brightest new traditions is this sensational downtown event, celebrating the unveiling of several new murals with a killer street party. Don’t miss the fun Oct. 1. Also set for the month, in addition to several haunted houses around Halloween time, are the Amarillo Super Mini-Con, a pop-culture celebration, on Oct. 1 and 2 in the Civic Center Complex; Amarillo Oktoberfest on Oct. 1 at Starlight Ranch; Opportunity School fundraiser Lips! on Oct. 6 in the Civic Center Grand Plaza; the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cookoff on Oct. 6 at the Tri-State Fairgrounds; and hockey games with the Amarillo Wranglers in the Civic Center Coliseum.

Jamey Johnson: The hirsute country superstar brings his outlaw hits to town for an Oct. 27 show in the Civic Center Auditorium. Other music highlights for the month include Center City’s Jazztober concerts Tuesdays on the lawn of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St.; country music scion Ned LeDoux on Oct. 1 at Hoot’s Pub; Christian rock superstars Casting Crowns on Oct. 8 in the Civic Center Coliseum; Texas country act Ragland on Oct. 14 at Golden Light Cantina; Mexican-American icon Marisela on Oct. 15, also in the Civic Center Auditorium; and an album release party from top Amarillo band Comanche Moon on Oct. 29, also at Hoot’s Pub.

The Barber of Seville: Metropolitan Opera stars Vanessa Becera and Carlos Santelli join with Grammy Award-winner Andrew Craig Brown and a cast of locals in Amarillo Opera’s new production of the classic opera, set for Oct. 8 in the Globe-News Center. Also on the arts scene for the month are Amarillo Symphony’s Celebrate America pops concert on Oct. 1 in Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St., and their Oct. 14 and 15 concerts, featuring Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, in the Globe-News Center; the touring production Menopause: The Musical on Oct. 18 in the Civic Center Auditorium; Amarillo Little Theatre Academy’s original musical Robin Hood: The Rest of the Story on Oct. 21-23 on the Allen Shankles Mainstage; Lone Star Ballet’s Sleepy Hollow on Oct. 22 in the Globe-News Center; and WT Theatre’s The Laramie Project from Oct. 28 to Nov. 6.

Halloween Ends: Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis faces off against Michael Myers one final time in this (alleged) series-ending installment of the horror franchise, opening Oct. 14. Other new releases will include animated comedy Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile on Oct. 7; wartime drama (and Wonder-adjacent film) White Bird on Oct. 14; romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise with Julia Roberts and George Clooney on Oct. 21; DC Comics antihero Black Adam with Dwayne Johnson, also on Oct. 21; and thriller Prey for the Devil on Oct. 28. Special screenings will include the 55th anniversary of In the Heat of the Night on Oct. 16 and 19 and Studio Ghibli Fest screenings of Spirited Away on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1-2. 

Author

  • 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.