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June Jazz returns to in-person performances with five concerts

By Joe Wyatt


Published April 19, 2021

For a quarter century, the hippest place to be on Tuesday nights in June has been Amarillo College, and June Jazz will not disappoint in 2021 as five Tuesdays dot the June calendar, giving folks maximum opportunity to enjoy the free concerts.

This is the 26th season for June Jazz, the popular outdoor concert series on Tuesday nights at AC’s Washington Street Campus.

The performances took an in-person hiatus last year due to the pandemic. Although the concerts were aired on AC radio station FM90, much of the hoopla planned for a celebration of the landmark 25th season had to be shelved.

However, with five top-flight ensembles on tap, not to mention a year of rising anticipation, this 26th rendition of June Jazz may go down as one of the most memorable. Patrons are sure to be reminded of last year’s milestone attainment.

"Everyone I see tells me how excited they are that we will have June Jazz this summer," Dr. Jim Laughlin, professor of music and June Jazz organizer, said.

"One of my favorite things about June Jazz, besides the fact that it's free, is the community and family atmosphere.

"Everyone brings blankets, lawn chairs, picnics, and pets," he said. "We'll have kids playing and dancing, too. It’s Amarillo’s favorite community gathering, and it’s in a safe and inviting location.”

June Jazz takes place on the south porch of the Experimental Theater and runs from approximately 7:15 to 9 p.m. For those who cannot make it in person, the concerts are aired beginning at 7:30 p.m. on 89.9 FM or kacvfm.org on the Web.

The lineup of free June Jazz concerts for 2021 is:

June 1: Austin Brazille

June 8: The Martinis

June 15: Esquire

June 22: Polk Street Jazz

June 29: June Jazz Big Band

 


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