Amarillo musicians begin new concert series in new venue

In late December 2019, members of the Swindell family took to social media, announcing the closure of the Esquire Jazz Club at the beginning of 2020. At the time, co-owner Patrick Swindell told the Globe-News that through the club, he realized the quality of local music in the area. 

“The quality of music you hear here on a nightly basis makes you really proud of the musicians that we have,” Swindell said at the time. “The talent we have in our community is incredible… I say it without hesitation or doubt because it’s been incredibly rewarding to hear that and be a part of it.”

Starting Saturday, Swindell will return to Amarillo’s live music scene as part of a new concert series at a brand-new venue. 

Swindell, along with Amarillo artist Hilary Marie, will host the first concert in the Music at Wellington Square Courtyard series Saturday evening at 1619 S. Kentucky St. The first concert in the series will feature Amarillo staple Insufficient Funds. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m.

The series will continue every Saturday through the months of June, July and August, featuring artists from the Amarillo area. The schedule for the series is as follows: 

• 6/12: The Fwoops

• 6/19: Polk Street Jazz

• 6/26: Andy Chase Band

• 7/3: Esquire Jazz Band

• 7/10: Polk Street Jazz

• 7/17: Band Directors’ Big Band

• 7/24: Geezers Gone Wild

• 7/31: Tennessee Tuckness and Friends

• 8/7: Martini’s 

• 8/14: Jim Laughlin Quartet

• 8/21: Esquire Jazz Band 

• 8/28: Polk Street Jazz

Swindell said the idea for this series came from a friend of his after his experience with the Esquire Jazz Club.

“I felt bad for the people who were playing regularly in my club and no longer had that as a venue so a friend of mine suggested the Wellington Square Courtyard,” he said. “It is a beautiful place that people in Amarillo didn’t know or were aware that it existed.” 

What stands out to the venue for Marie is that the courtyard is surrounded by buildings, providing ample shade and space for the stage for the musicians as well as attendees. 

With the first iteration of this series, Swindell said his aim was to book the broad genres of music that used to play at the Esquire Jazz Club, mainly featuring local bands in this particular series. 

“That way, it will be attractive and pleasing to just about everybody in the community,” he said. “We are trying to cover all of the local musicians. Of course, we aren’t able to do that because there are not enough time slots, but we are reaching out to different genres of music so it would bring in a broader audience.” 

Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the most important thing to Marie about this series is for the musicians to be paid for their services. 

“We want to make sure that regardless of the attendance, that the bands are getting paid,” she said. “The bands have taken a pretty big hit this year.” 

After the Esquire Jazz Club closed, Swindell said he is excited about his first foray into concerts since then, especially as bands begin to perform again as the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact wanes in the community. 

“For a lot of us, a lot of musicians, we are kind of just starting back up again… It’s exciting for that reason… It’s amazing. I’m so excited about it. I’m also excited about it as a venue for all of the musicians,” he said. “We are all excited about getting to work again.” 

Swindell said he hopes that this venue becomes another successful place in Amarillo to host live music. 

“There are a lot of places that support live music but we can always use more,” he said. “I think this is an ideal location for exactly what we are trying to accomplish here, which is to give these musicians a beautiful venue, and give the audience a very comfortable, laid-back, relaxing setting in a beautiful surrounding.” 

Tickets for each event are $12 on Eventbrite and $15 at the door, with kids 12 and younger admitted free. Attendees can bring their own food, drinks and chairs.

For more information about the series, visit

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