Along about this time, I have to start urging local musicians to exercise something I don’t have near enough of myself: patience.
Several have been calling and asking, “Are y’all gonna have your showcase again this year?”
In a word: absolutely. And this week, everyone can start focusing on it, as the first entry form runs in this week’s edition on page 45. The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase starts Jan. 27 and features four Thursday nights of competition between 16 original-music bands. The two-week buildup between semifinals and finals was so much fun last year, we’re doing it again in 2005, deciding our winner on March 4.
Any band or individual can enter as long as the artist has original music. You don’t need 30 minutes for your entry, but you’ll have to play up to 30 minutes in front of a full house at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom when the competition starts.
All the information you need is in the showcase entry ad. We’ll have entries available at the Times (375-2985) and running in subsequent issues of the paper through the entry deadline, Jan. 13. There is no cost to enter, though qualifying bands will be paid to perform, and the eventual Showcase winner gets an array of prizes (recording time, music equipment, a guaranteed spot on the Riverfest lineup, photography, food from Trio’s and more).
Meanwhile, as the AT Musicians Showcase is starting up, the University of Central Arkansas’s Arkansas Acoustic Festival will be winding down, with its showdown finals on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Reynolds Performance Hall. After successful showdowns in 2002 and 2003 and terrific concerts to go along with them, UCA waited until early 2005 for its third event, which will coincide with an acoustic concert on Sunday, Jan. 30, with Nickel Creek mandolin player Chris Thile and virtuoso bassist Edgar Meyer. The showdown winners will open the Sunday concert.
Brooks Walthall, festival organizer, says an avalanche of entries came in at deadline last week.
Tickets for the Jan. 29 showdown and the Jan. 30 Thile-Meyer Sunday concert are on sale now. Call 866-810-0012.
The senior high classes of 1969, ’75 and ’86 and all in between and around were entertained with a completely satisfying four-plus hours of “San Francisco Fest 2016” featuring Bay area natives Journey and The Doobie Brothers, with special guest Dave Mason.
Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.
Eight years. I’ve really been “at the job” of newspapers for much longer, it just focused on entertainment during these past eight years. Starting next week, it will focus on sports. Again. Where I started eons ago.
Where was I, the sports lover, the guy who couldn’t wait for Dickey-Stephens to open, a few of you may ask? I was checking out one of my other loves: a local, original music show at Juanita’s that the University of Central Arkansas Honors College had pull
Before Pearls breaks its brief silent treatment about Razorback basketball's latest bid to shake off listless irrelevance, we'll spend a word or two on the Belk Bowl, where the football team draws a Dec. 29 matchup with Virginia Tech in Charlotte.