This week’s entertainment includes Hayden Pedigo concert, chalk art contest, benefits

Pedigo to perform at Amarillo College

In conjunction with the release of his sixth studio album, Hayden Pedigo will perform in his native Amarillo at 7:30 p.m. July 29.

The 28-year-old performance artist, politician, model and fingerstyling maestro will take the stage at the Amarillo College Concert Hall Theater, adjacent to the Amarillo Museum of Art, followed by a cocktail reception at AMoA.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance at amoa.org/pedigo

Pedigo was homeschooled in Amarillo by his truck-stop preacher father, ran for Amarillo City Council in 2019 (as documented by Jasmine Stodel’s SXSW-premiering, PBS-acquired film “Kid Candidate”), and struck up penfriendships and collaborative partnerships with the likes of Terry Allen, Charles Hayward (This Heat), Werner “Zappi” Diermaier (Faust), and Tim Heidecker.

In conjunction with the release of his sixth studio album (the second from the independent record label Mexican Summer),
The Amarillo Museum of Art presents Hayden Pedigo in concert July 29, at Amarillo College, with a reception following at the museum.

Pedigo embarked on his new album, “The Happiest Times I Ever Ignored”, with the aim to create “the best instrumental acoustic guitar album of the past twenty years.” His spacious, pristine soundscapes communicate an essential truth about the pursuit of artistic perfection.

The post-concert cocktail reception at AMoA will be held on the Museum’s third floor, where attendees can view an exhibition of artworks by the iconic musician and multi-media artist, Terry Allen.

The Amarillo Museum of Art is located at 2200 S. Van Buren on the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College.

For more information, visit www.amoa.org, email amoa@actx.edu, or call (806) 371-5050 or (806) 371-5392 (weekends).

Spectators look on as a chalk artist completes a project during a past Chalk It Up Amarillo College art contest.

AC’s annual sidewalk art contest encourages folks to Chalk It Up

Chalk It Up, the sidewalk art contest that traditionally unfolds at Amarillo College each final Saturday in July, once again draws near. The competition event, collaboratively sponsored by AC and Panhandle PBS, takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 29. It is free to enter, and the first 40 entries will be accepted.

Interested participants can register online at: info.actx.edu/chalkentry. The artists – they can register as individuals or teams of up to four – will create their works on 8-foot squares at the Oeschger Family Mall, located between the Ware Student Commons and the College Union Building on AC’s Washington Street Campus. Prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third places, and to the Fan Favorite. Each of the awardees will receive a share of the $900 prize pool.

This will be the fifth Chalk It Up since its inception in 2017 — the event was a pandemic casualty in 2020 and it was rained out in 2022 — and, as always, artists will have from 8 a.m. to noon to complete their creations. A panel of judges representing the local arts community will assess the handiworks at noon and announce the winners shortly thereafter.

Sunday night is family night at Texas Outdoor Musical

Texas Outdoor Musical is offering tickets for $1 to all kids ages 6-12 for every Sunday during the month of July. Kids younger than 5 get in free as a part of this special promotion.

TEXAS Outdoor Musical is a family-friendly show set against an authentic tapestry of history. The show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800’s. Song and dance abound – and a generous helping of good ol’ Texas humor, too.

To purchase a discounted ticket online, visit texas-show.com and select the kid’s price type, no code needed.

For a complete listing of show times, admission costs, volunteer opportunities and more information, visit www.texas-show.com.

Starlight Theater set for Tuesdays

Amarillo Parks and Rec is hosting Starlight Theater every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Sam Houston Park, 4101 Line Ave.

Enjoy free music in the park with local bands, food trucks and vendors.

Those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair, blankets and family and friends.

Music in the Gardens concert series returns for the summer

Music in the Gardens returned June 8 to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens; its start was delayed due to weather. The summer concert series takes place on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10, or $5 for members.

Performers in the lineup include Buster Bledsoe (July 27), Texas Junction (Aug. 3), Kayla Richardson and Byron Roberts (Aug. 10), Touching Voodoo (Aug. 17), Tennessee Tuckness (Aug. 24) and Geezers Gone Wild (Aug. 31).

For more information about these and over happenings at the gardens, visit amarillobotanicalgardens.org/events/ or call (806) 352-6513.

Center City of Amarillo presenting High Noon on the Square concerts

Center City of Amarillo will present its 2023 High Noon on the Square series, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays on the Potter County Courthouse lawn, located at 501 S. Fillmore in Amarillo. Lunch will be available for $10. The full lineup includes:

  • July 26 – Entertainment by Insufficient Funds – fajitas by Joe Taco

For more, visit https://centercity.org/high-noon-on-the-square/.

Patrons look over  some  of the 34 paintings that were reproduced for Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition at  Arts in the Sunset in Amarillo.

July 23: Today is last day to see Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition in Amarillo

The internationally acclaimed Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition has come to Amarillo and runs through July 23. It will be the inaugural exhibit at the newly renovated Sunset Center in Amarillo, now called Arts in the Sunset.

This globally successful exhibit has been all around the world from Shanghai to Chicago, Phoenix, Berlin, Vienna and more. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at artsinthesunset.org.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is a collection of the artist’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced in a format allowing viewers to be faceto-face with the masterpieces. Through artfully displayed reproductions, this innovative presentation brings the audience just a few feet away from world-renowned pieces like The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment.

Arts in the Sunset is located at 3701 Plains Blvd. The exhibit will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., with the last entry at 6 p.m. On Sundays, the exhibit will be open from 1-5:30 p.m., with the last entry at 4 p.m. The exhibit is wheelchair accessible. Viewing time is estimated between 60 and 90 minutes. Tickets rangefrom $19 to $26.50, based on age and time of day.

Proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle (CCTXP), the Amarillo Art Institute and the Amarillo Cultural District of the Texas Commission on the Arts.

The Starlight Ranch Event Center has a plethora of live concerts coming up this summer.

Concert to benefit Family Care Foundation

Comanche Moon will perform live on July 29 at the Starlight Ranch, benefiting the Family Care Foundation.Opening act will be The Scrambled Eggs.

Comanche Moon is a term that originated on the Texas frontier during the Comanche wars. According to journalist S. C. Gwynne, “So many raids were made by moonlight that in Texas a full, bright spring or summer moon is still known as a Comanche Moon.”* Blending the sounds and influences of their native Texas Panhandle, Comanche Moon has developed a unique sound that the band describes as “Texicana.” Rooted in strong original songwriting, their sound carries influences of country, blues and folk music, delivered with a rock and roll attitude.

Family Care Foundation that provides medical care and equipment for patients and families who demonstrate a need, but cannot obtain such service or equipment. We provide healthcare education programs based on community service needs.

Tickets range from $15 to $35 (plus taxes and fees). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center/

JAB to perform at Starlight Ranch

Josh Abbott Band takes the stage with Austin Michael in Amarillo at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, on the Starlight main stage.

A staple in the Texas music scene since forming in 2006 at Lubbock’s Texas Tech University, the Josh Abbott Band has become an icon in the lone star state thanks to numerous successful singles and albums over the last decade plus.

The group’s relentless on-stage attitude quickly made it a successful touring act, building out from a Texas band to a regional act to a national crew with a devoted following from coast to coast.

Tickets range from $30 to $65 (plus taxes and fees). This concert is for those 18 and older.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center/

Stoney LaRue coming to Starlight Ranch

Stoney LaRue takes the stage in Amarillo with special guest Hunter Hicks on Saturday, Aug. 5. This show will be taking place on the Moon Palace stage.

For nearly two decades Stoney LaRue has sustained a seminal music career that was dug straight out of the red dirt in Oklahoma. His rock infused country “tude” coupled with a dominating set of vocal pipes quickly identified him as a rising star.

Twenty years later, LaRue has “been there” and “done that” in almost every facet of the music hemisphere. Sold out shows in a continuous 200 plus dates a year tour schedule, high charting albums on Billboard, iTunes and the Texas Regional Radio Chart, featured videos on CMT, more than 1 million albums and singles sold, guest vocal performances on songs by Lee Ann Womack and Miranda Lambert, shared stages with some of the biggest names in country music and a most coveted debut performance at Nashville’s renowned Grand Ole Opry.

Tickets for this show range from $20 to $150 (plus taxes and fees), and additional VIP features.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center/

Southall takes stage at Starlight Ranch

Join Starlight Ranch as they welcome Southall, previously known as Read Southall Band, to the stage with special guest, Wight Lighters, in Amarillo on Friday, Aug. 25, in the Moon Palace.

In 2015, the local songwriting scene of Stillwater, Oklahoma, brought together four like-minded individuals from completely different background who wanted nothing more than to play music.

More recently, their third studio album, “For the Birds”, is ambitious and captures vigorous, rock ‘n’ roll energy with elements of country and southern rock. “There is a ton of excitement building around Read Southall Band at the moment.”

Tickets for this show range from $20 to $150 (plus taxes and fees), depending on VIP features.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center/

Randy Rogers Band set to perform

The Randy Rogers Band makes its way back to Amarillo at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, on the Starlight main stage.

Fronted by singer-songwriter Randy Rogers and featuring Geoffrey Hill (guitar), Jon Richardson (bass guitar), Brady Black (fiddle), Les Lawless (drums), and Todd Stewart (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, keyboards), the Randy Rogers Band was founded in San Marcos, Texas, and has spent the last 20 years bringing the Texas Country tradition to dedicated fans around the nation and beyond.

With eight studio albums behind them, global streaming numbers in the hundreds of millions and a reputation for must-see Country-Rock performances, they said it best: “When we play our shows, people expect to have a great night and to go home satisfied. As long as we keep doing that, no change in the industry, no record deal or anything like that can make or break this band.”

Tickets for this show are $35 (plus taxes and fees). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center/

Symphony kicks of 100th season with special event

The Amarillo Symphony will kick off its Centennial Season at Hodgetown with a one-of-a-kind concert featuring country star Randall King. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Join ASO as it performs a mix of patriotic and Western favorites with local stars Eric Barry and the Opera Cowgirls, finishing the night with King’s biggest hits, and a fireworks finale.

Hereford native and up-and-coming country artist King released his major label debut album, “Shot Glass”, in March. King was named a 2022 Country Artist to Watch by Pandora and Country Now and has more than 120 million global streams.

Tickets for this event range from $16 to $27 (plus taxes and fees), depending on seating.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://amarillosymphony.org/

Yoakum coming to Civic Center

Country music star Dwight Yoakum will be on stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium.

Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart and another 14 landing in the Top 10.

Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted on Billboard, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. Yoakam is a recipient of the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association, the most prestigious award offered by the organization, he will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in the Songwriter/Artist category at the 49th anniversary Gala on Oct. 14, 2019 in Nashville.

In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor who has appeared in over 40 feature films, including “Sling Blade” and “Panic Room”.

Reserved seat tickets range from $41 to $130 (plus taxes and fees), depending on seating.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit panhandletickets.com

Uncle Lucius takes Starlight stage

Uncle Lucius takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, at Starlight Ranch’s Moon Palace.

Five years ago it seemed like Uncle Lucius had run its course. They had torn a swath out of the Texas roots music scene over a 13-year run, worn out five vans and recorded four albums, and grown a reputation at home and abroad as a thrilling, dynamic live act. Long-time fans were certain they’d be a massive global hit. The tide went out, and Uncle Lucius folded up their sails.

The audience had other ideas. Interest in the band continued to grow during their absence from the touring circuit. Pro athletes used their songs for walk on music, and top-rated television shows featured their music during pivotal scenes.

They never intended to reunite. Some things are not up to us. Some people are made to play together and meant to create together.

Tickets for this show range from $18 to $150 (plus taxes and fees), depending on VIP features.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center/

ASO presents Passionate Music

Amarillo Symphony Orchestra will kick off its official season with Passionate Music at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Sharpened Iron Studios, 1314 S. Polk St.

The season opener will feature the Amarillo Symphony’s concertmaster Espen Lilleslåtten alongside cellist Sally Guenther, pianist Elena Lacheva and Harrington String Quartet’s violist Vesselin Todorov.

The repertoire includes: Anna Clyne, “A Thousand Mornings” (violin, cello and piano); Richard Strauss, “Violin Sonata”; Gabriel Faure, “Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor”

Tickets will be on sale soon. For more information, visit amarillosymphony.org/

ASO presents ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

Amarillo Symphony Orchestra presents “Rhapsody in Blue” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 and 16 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.

Showcasing pianist Michelle Cann on George Gershwin’s classic work, the concert will also include Aaron Copland’s rousing audience favorite, “Rodeo”.

Conductor is George Jackson.

Reserved seat tickets range from $21 to $71 (plus taxes and fees), depending on seating.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit panhandletickets.com or amarillosymphony.org/

Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience coming to Amarillo

Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience is bringing songs and stories from the “Man in Black” to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, in a way that audiences haven’t seen or heard before.

With video of Johnny from episodes of The Johnny Cash TV Show projected on a screen above the stage, a live band and singers will accompany him in perfect sync. This concert experience will showcase iconic performances from the TV show and highlight the spirit of the legend by revisiting some of his memorable words and anecdotes. Cash will perform some of his biggest hits, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” and “I Walk the Line,” and share stories of people he met along the way whose causes he championed – the working man from all walks of life.

For more information, visit www.JohnnyCashConcertExperience.com and follow @johnnycash on Facebook,Instagram, TikTok and Twitter and @johnnycashofficial on YouTube. For more information on the Amarillo performance and to purchase tickets, visit panhandletickets.com

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