Amarillo

Today on High Plains Morning, we had a VERY full house. Tomorrow (September 1st) in Amarillo, the Yellow City Sounds Music Festival will rock Memorial Park on the main campus of Amarillo College from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m., so we welcomed some of the primary players into the HPPR Studio to tell us all about it.

Jonathan Baker

On Sunday night, a group of music lovers gathered in the backyard of a house on Teckla Street in Amarillo, to hear the songs of a Panhandle musician who has gained a national reputation in recent years.

Ryan Culwell’s new record, The Last American, dropped this week, and The Washington Post promptly declared that the album “captures an American moment’s essence.”

High Plains Morning wants to thank Mr. Felipe Esparza, stand-up comedian and actor, for stopping by the station with his buddy and podcast co-host, comedian Rodrigo Torres. We had a blast chatting with you both, and here's hoping you had a great show in Amarillo!

High Plains Morning wants to thank all four of the gentlemen of Che Apalache for stopping into the studio for a live set today. This four-man string band is on tour now throughout the US, and they're playing in Amarillo TONIGHT at Teckla House (2501 Teckla Blvd) in Amarillo, TX). For a full event listing, click here.

Thanks so much to Lou Ann Garrett for stopping by High Plains Morning to share information about the 9th Annual Louise Daniel Women‘s History Luncheon and Women’s Equality Day Celebration, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 24, in the Great Hall of Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk in Amarillo. This year, they’re honoring women in the oil and gas industry—past and present—in the Texas Panhandle.

While most civilian coffee sippers aren’t aware of the world’s many coffee competitions swirling around us, right now our High Plains home is serving as one of 10 cities across the US to host the 2019 US Coffeechamps Preliminaries. This weekend in Amarillo, local caffeine peddlers Krystal and Patrick Burns of Palace Coffee Company welcome the regional competition as a celebration of the best baristas and brewers on the scene today.

Thank you to Bruce Moseley, Executive Director of the Turn Center (and semi-finalist for best beard in Amarillo), for stopping by High Plains Morning to share some information about their organization’s upcoming sporting events with Kids Inc. (or, Kids Inclusion). Together, they’ll provide adaptive sports opportunities for all children in the Amarillo area. “We are excited that children with disabilities and without disabilities will get to play sports together!,” Moseley says.

For someone with five horses, two dogs, three cats, a donkey, a rabbit, and a husband, Chera Hammons sure gets a lot of work done. She stopped by High Plains Morning, with Dr. Eric Meljac of the High Plains Poetry Project, to promote an upcoming reading with an impromptu literary throw down (ahem, a reading).

Thanks so much to Amy Berry, Tour Leader for the African Children’s Choir, for speaking with High Plains Morning about the upcoming show in Amarillo. This group has been at it since 1984, aiding kids in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa. Their purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow's Africa, with a focus on education for all. The kids have performed for presidents, heads of state, and Queen Elizabeth II for her diamond jubilee; they’ve also played with Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey, and more.

The Amarillo Little Theatre Academy and AAA Electric are proud to present Into the Woods as ALT Academy's first Summer musical. To celebrate their 25th season, this “stripped down version” of the storybook musical is based on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and has been mounted with boundless imagination in a witty and wild theatrical reinvention of a beloved modern classic.

Little Mazarn told us they were coming thorough Amarillo, and we had to make sure they'd pause and play us a few tunes. This Austin-based multi-instrumentalist Lindsey Verrill, accompanied by virtuosic sonic wails from Jeff Johnston on saw, blew our minds at South by Southwest 2018.

Longtime listeners already know how High Plains Morning loves lookin' out for our own, so when we heard Oklahoma's own Turnpike Troubadours were slidin' through the Panhandle, we got one of them on the horn.

Phillpsburg, New Jersey native Pentley Holmes stopped by High Plains Morning at HPPR Studios—Amarillo to play a live, in-studio set before his Amarillo debut, May 15th at 7pm at FireSongs at Fire Slice Pizzaria.

High Plains Morning wants to thank Sarah McQuaid for the phone interview about her video for "Slow Decay," which was inspired by the true story of Bill Conner—a father who biked 1,400 miles across the US to raise awareness about organ donation. 

EXCITING NEWS! This Tuesday night in Amarillo, HPPR's listening area has Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, with folk icon Richard Thompson, LIVE IN CONCERT! And right now on High Plains Morning, you can get TWO FREE TICKETS!

Jason Boyett

A podcast about the Texas Panhandle has been gaining a good deal of attention in recent months.

Author Jason Boyett, who grew up in Amarillo, says he started the “Hey Amarillo” podcast for a couple of reasons. The project allows him to give back to his hometown, and it also provides panhandle residents with a chance to hear from people who live near them but aren’t necessarily like them.

Recent guests include Amarillo mayor Ginger Nelson, a DACA recipient, and an NAACP board member, and a young entrepreneur.

Let's keep the folk music going in 2018!

Our next show features two gifted singer-songwriters, together and live in concert. Caroline Cotter is a globetrotting polymath yogi from Rhode Island. Michael Howard is a grown-up punk rocker from Anchorage, Alaska. In other words, there's no way this show isn't going to be a BLAST.

A big, leafy-green high five to two of Amarillo's favorite urban farm-to-table advocates: Brady Clark, Executive Director of Square Mile Community Development, and Danny Melius, Founder & Market Gardener of Nuke City Veg. 

High Plains, meet Korby Lenker.

If you listen to High Plains Morning, you've probably heard his music. If you follow what's new in US folk/Americana, you definitely know him. But if not, HPPR is happy to introduce y'all at our first 2018 Living Room Concerts! 

Live in Concert: TWO SHOWS! 

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Live in Amarillo - Friday, February 9th 

The Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley)
Doors @ 7p ~ Show @ 7:30p

For the AMARILLO show, RSVP online here or call 806.367.9088 to save a seat! 

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Live in Garden City—Saturday, February 10th 

HPPR Studios (210 N. 7th St.)
Show @ 7p

For the GARDEN CITY show, RSVP online here or call 806.367.9088 to save a seat!

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Both shows are community concerts! 

Please RSVP now -- as they are expected to sell out! (Trust us. This guy's GREAT.) 

Suggested Donation: $15 --- ***Make life easy & please bring cash!***

Find out more about Korby's music on his website!

Tia McGraff & Tommy Parham—TWO SHOWS!

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FIRST SHOW: Thursday, November 30
Satanta Senior Center (118 Sequoyah St.) -- Show @ 7p

RSVP for Satanta online here, or call 806.367.9088 to be added to the list!

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SECOND SHOW: Friday, December 1

HPPR’s Living Room Concert Series presents:

The Gibbonses - Live in Concert!

Friday, November 10

The Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley, Amarillo)

Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP online here or call 806.367.9088 so we can add you to the list!

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Thanks so much to the cast of The Rocky Horror Show from RnR Entertainment for stopping by the High Plains Morning studio today! We had a blast hearing about the production, and thanks for giving us a live, in-studio performance. 

For more information about the show and the troupe, read this great article from Chip Chandler at Panhandle PBS. 

HPPR’s Living Room Concert Series presents:

The War & Treaty - Live in Concert!

Saturday, October 28 

Fibonacci Space (3306 SW 6th Ave., Amarillo)

Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP NOW online, or call 806.367.9088 so we can add you to the list!

HPPR’s Living Room Concert Series presents:

Renfree Isaacs - Live in Concert!

Saturday, October 21st

The Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley, Amarillo)

Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP ONLINE NOW! or call 806.367.9088.

***This show is sponsored by Evocation Coffee & Chamber Music Amarillo.****

Autumn is here, so let's celebrate with hot coffee, cookies, and LIVE FOLK MUSIC from Chicago singer-songwriter HEATHER STYKA! 

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HEATHER STYKA - Live in Amarillo

Saturday, Oct. 14

Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley, Amarillo)

Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP today! This will be a GREAT SHOW!

 

If you have not yet attended an HPPR Living Room Concert, you are missing some serious fun. Our station proudly hosts singer-songwriters, folk artists, and Americana masters from across the country as they travel through the High Plains. We also love supporting regional favorites, growing our station's community of live music lovers, as well as fans of public radio

HPPR’s Living Room Concert Series presents:

Jerry Barlow, Live in Concert

Saturday, September 23rd

Fibonacci Space (3306 SW 6th Ave., Amarillo)

Doors @ 7p |  Show @ 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP ONLINE or call 806.367.9088!

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Last week’s heavy rain damaged an important piece of Amarillo’s aviation past.

The English Field hangar, which opened in 1929 and was used for pilot training during World War II, was partially damaged by the downpour. As a result, the Texas Air and Space Museum has expressed interest in taking ownership of the site.

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Agriculture, water, transportation, growth and economic development are all being discussed at city halls across West Texas. So why not better communicate ideas?

That, according to The Amarillo Globe News, is the reasoning behind a coalition of sorts that mayors – including Amarillo’s Ginger Nelson – recently formed.

The group, which also includes mayors from Lubbock, Big Spring, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo, met in a closed meeting Wednesday.

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