When people think about Amarillo, Texas (from the outside looking in), they all think the same things. Cowboy hats. Cattle. Half-buried cars out in the middle of a field somewhere covered in graffiti. I know, because I was once like that.

I never thought in a million years that Amarillo would actually have a very healthy love for jazz. That's what I get for thinking.

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June Jazz - Put It On Your Calendar

I've kicked around the idea of going, and it just hasn't ever panned out. For one reason or another, I have missed out on June Jazz every year that I've been here. This year, with the help of some friends, I finally got to make the trip.

I was shocked at how far I had to walk thanks to the lack of parking near the event. I was even more shocked at how far back I had to sit, thanks to the crowd getting there well in advance.

I honestly didn't think this was going to be that big of a deal. I was wrong. Mark the date. Those three words don't go together, from me, very often.

What I expected to be just some middle-aged folks coming up with an excuse to play jazz, actually turned out to be a really good time. I know what assuming does, and yes, I'm currently in the throes of it at the moment.

Why You Need To Go To June Jazz

  • There's a lot of people there. It's a big, big crowd. This is a good opportunity to catch up with people you haven't seen in a while and don't want to be bothered to try and remember to call.
  • The music was fantastic. There were a couple of spots in the set where I personally wished they would just hurry along and get to the next piece, but I'm an over-opinionated whippersnapper. What do I know?
  • It's free. That's the big reason. The weather was great for it last night. Not too hot, and the rain held off. It's a free evening out with the family, and there were tons of families there.

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