After weeks of deliberation, violent debate and black magic, we’ve come up with our final and definitive list of semifinalists for the 2015 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase
. If you’ll notice, there are 20 of them. Also, this is one of the strongest lineups we’ve ever had, with great artists in a variety of genres from all over the state.
Beginning next week on Jan. 29, we’ll be hosting five showcase concerts at Stickyz on consecutive Thursday nights with four bands each, who will perform for a panel of judges (the audience will have a vote, too). The winners of each of those rounds will perform at the finals in March. This year’s esteemed panel of judges includes local artists and musicians Mitchell Crisp, Derek Brooks, Shayne Gray and Joe Holland (representing the winning band from last year’s showcase, Mad Nomad).
Each week will also feature a distinguished local luminary as a guest judge, including Spero, Maxwell George, Bijoux, John Willis, Matt White and Sean Fresh. In addition, there will be hosts from all your favorite shows on KABF 88.3-FM, who are partnering with us for the first time this year to make the showcase great.
The prize package includes cash, a Riverfest set on the main stage, a spot at Valley of the Vapors, a set at the 2015 Arkansas State Fair, four hours recording time at Blue Chair Studios, a $350 gift certificate to Jacksonville Guitar, a T-shirt package from States of Mind Clothing, a gift certificate to Trio's Restaurant and a celebration party (and drink named after you) courtesy of Stickyz and Revolution.
Here’s the list:
Big Still River
The Brothel Sprouts
The Casual Pleasures
Young Gods of America