And then there were five. The finals for the Showcase are set.Jonathan Wilkins, with help from Will Boyd (drums) and Matt Floyd (bass), earned the final spot with an impressive set that showed off his sharp songwriting and deft guitar work.
‘ODE TO JOY'8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$52.The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks series returns with a nice balance: an iconic piece, recognizable to even the most musically ignorant, and a provocative 20th century composition inspired by jazz and African creation myths.
Until Conway's Kris Allen gets famous enough to snatch away domain names or Google's algorithms catch up with pop reality, Kris Allen of Kris Allen and Southern Thunder (call him Kris Allen Jackson) will top Google search results for "Kris Allen."Time to take advantage of some accidental traffic, Kris Allen Jackson.
Jonathan WilkinsStarted performing: Seven years ago.From: Little Rock by way of Conway and, originally, St. LouisAlbum: Lots of homemade releases and "Highway Robbery," released earlier this year on Last Chance Records.
Photo by Brian Chilson. Riverboat CrimeFormed: July 2007From: North Little RockMembers: Josh Stoffer (vocals, guitar, piano, woolitzer), Adam Tompkins (drums, percussion), Wes Coker (bass).Album: The band's debut, "Walking Shoes," came out early last year.Sounds like: Big, bright unironic pop-rock with hints of blues.Where you'll find them: All over, but especially north of the river at Cornerstone and Reno's.
Photo by Waynette Traub. Apples and SpadesStarted performing: Late last year, but rapper Maxx, who's a freshmen in college, started rapping when he was in third grade.From: Little Rock.Members: Sam Baxter (bass), Max Farrell AKA Maxx (raps), Lucas Murray (guitar) and Daniel Olah (drums).
Download our digi comp. Our archives are pretty worthless, so for those lookin' to catch up, here's a handy set of links.Read about the bona fides of our weekly judges: 607, Nicole Boddington, Jason Tedford and Jason Weinheimer and our guest judges so far — Joey Lucas, Jim Mize, Rob Bell, Shannon Boshears, Brad Williams and Isaac Alexander.Download a free digital compilation featuring all 20 Showcase semi-finalists.Stream music from our first round contestants: Jordan Atwater, Magic Hassle, Frown Pow'r and the winner, Velvet Kente.Read judges commentary on Velvet Kente, see pictures and read rundown of round one and see a video of VK.Stream music from our second round contestants: Whale Fire, Gina Gee, Loch Ness Monster and the winner, Nik and Sam.Read judges commentary, see pictures and read a wrap-up of round two.Stream music from our third round contestants: Four on the Floor, Sean West, Style Guide and the winner, the See.Read judges commentary on the See and a further round-up and pictures of round three.Stream music from our fourth round contestants: Midwest Caravan, Rockst*r, Good Time Ramblers and the winner, the Chicklettes.Read judges commentary on the Chicklettes, see pictures and read a wrap-up of round four.
Ernest Dumas writes about the difficulties faced by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in matching the achievements of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, even though he, like the majority of the legislature is a Republican. In short, Hutchinson needs Obamacare money, though his party rests on a foundation that hates Obamacare.
A two-week cruise from Vancouver to Alaska was nicely timed for the August heat wave. It dipped into the 40s during my visit to the Hubbard Glacier, loudly "calving" with mighty booms of cracking ice. Here's a brief politically tinged travelogue.
If one were of a low and suspicious nature regarding the New York Times' historically inept Washington Bureau, one might suspect yet another example of the "Clinton Rules" — that is, a shaky allegation unsupported by facts.