Congrats to Little Rock's Open Fields, who won the first round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase last night with an awesome set of sunshine pop, jagged psych-rock and all-around good vibes. Their singer at one point paused to thank "God and the devil and 'My Dog Skip' and 'That Darn Cat' and all manner of highs and lows," and for a moment there it was as though we all understood and also didn't understand, and either way it was good.
Musicians, the search is on for the 2015 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, to be held at Stickyz throughout January and February. Performers of all genres will compete for an array of prizes (including money!) and any acts with at least four songs of original material are encouraged to enter. The finals will be held at the Rev Room in March.
There is a new, reigning Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winner, and it is Mad Nomad, who were brutally great at the Finals Friday night, dominating a pretty impressively competitive field that also included Peckerwolf, John Willis, Duckstronaut and John Neal Rock 'n' Roll.
John Neal Rock&Roll secured the fifth and final spot in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finals last night. See video of a performance by the band and the night's three runners-up below and make plans to attend the finals, 8 p.m. Friday, March 7 at Revolution.
Little Rock's Duckstronaut took Round 4 of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase last night with washboard and dulcimer in tow. They'll go on to the finals with Peckerwolf, John Willis, Mad Nomad and next week's winner.
A fight could be brewing over regulation of puppy mills, with legislation planned to better protect dogs and opposition already underway from a state representative who makes a living working with commercial dog breeders.
It is hard for a straight person, The Observer included, to imagine what it would be like to be born gay — to be shipwrecked here on this space-going clod, where nearly every textbook, novel, film and television show, nearly every blaring screen or billboard or magazine ad, reinforces the idea that "normal" means "heterosexual."
The Presbytery of Arkansas, the governing body for Presbyterian churches in the northern two-thirds of Arkansas, met Saturday at Clarksville and adopted a resolution urging Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto SB 202, which is aimed at preventing local government from passing anti-discrimination laws to protect gay people. The Presbytery also expressed its opposition to a pending House bill that, in the name of "conscience," would protect those who discriminate against gay people.