Showcase kickoff 

Hear first semifinalists at Sticky Fingerz.

“One Sticky Showcase” is the catch-phrase being applied to the first Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase to be held at Sticky Fingerz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack in the River Market district beginning tonight (Thursday, Jan. 26). Sticky Fingerz and KKPT-FM, 94.1 “The Point” are the presenting sponsors.

The first four of 20 semifinalists will perform beginning at 8:30 p.m. Following semifinals will be held on Thursday nights, Feb. 2, 9 and 16, with a winner from each Showcase advancing to the Showcase finals on Friday, March 3.

The diverse music ranges from modern rock to bluegrass to alternative and Americana. The first week’s offerings are rock (Anxiety, a young band from Conway), hip-hop (Trapper the Rapper, from Texarkana), modern rock (Thanks for Nothing, from Fayetteville) and country (Riverbilly, formerly known as Sum of Us, from Little Rock).

A panel of judges will determine a winner for each semifinal, basing half of a band’s score on its song originality and song quality, and another half spread evenly among musicianship, showmanship and crowd response.

The eventual Showcase winner will receive a gift certificate for equipment from Jacksonville Guitar, food from Trio’s Restaurant, recording time from Blue Chair Studio, a guaranteed spot on the Riverfest lineup, a photo shoot with Times photographer Brian Chilson and more.

Previous winners since the Arkansas Times began sponsoring the showcase are: The Odds (2005), Grandpa’s Goodtime Fandango (2004), Salty Dogs (2003), Runaway Planet (2002), Mojo Depot (2001), Big Silver (2000) and Brenda and Ellis (1999).

Admission is $5. The show is for ages 18 and up.

Showcase semifinal schedule

(Each show begins at 8:30 p.m.)

Jan. 26

Anxiety, Conway

Trapper the Rapper, Texarkana

Thanks for Nothing, Fayetteville

Riverbilly, Little Rock

Feb. 2

The Munks, Little Rock

Josh the Devil and the Sinners, Little Rock

Kings of New England, Fayetteville

Sao Paulo, Little Rock

Feb. 9

Sandbox Lizards, Little Rock

The Cosmonauts, Conway

Hannah Blaylock and Eden’s Edge, Russellville

Real Fighting, Little Rock

Feb. 16

Chris Loggins and Brass Tacks, El Dorado

Brighter Later, Fayetteville

Starroy, Jonesboro

Key of Summer, Little Rock

Feb. 23

Liquid Groove Mojo, Pine Bluff

Chris Henry, Little Rock

PM Today, Jacksonville

Gringos, Greenbrier


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