The time is drawing nigh, friends. The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase is just two weeks away. The first round kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Sticky Fingerz. Over the course of four consecutive Thursdays, 16 semi-finalists will battle for a spot in the Showcase finals on Friday, March 7, to be held at Revolution. Four acts will compete each Thursday; the line-up will be announced shortly. But here, we’re pleased to announce the semifinalists:
Ace Spade and the Whores of Babylon
Benjamin Del Shreve
Epiphany and One Night Stand
The Running Back
Sean Rock & the Toltecs
Each week judges will grade the semi-finalists on song quality, originality, musicianship, showmanship and crowd response, with a higher percentage of the score focused on song quality and originality.
Four judges will score the showcase through the length of the contest. Indy Grotto is a co-founder and co-lead singer of the Boondogs, who’re no stranger to winning battle of the bands. The pop group won the inaugural garageband.com contest, which led them to work with music luminaries Jerry Harrison and Jim Dickinson. Razormack.com is a local hip-hop impresario. He manages his titular website, raps and promotes tirelessly. Davis Clement edits Localist magazine (www.localistmagazine.com), a web magazine devoted to local music and culture. Ben Jones books bands professionally for Porter-Jones entertainment, one of the oldest booking firms in the city. Each week, a celebrity judge will join the foursome. Check Rock Candy for updates on scheduling, celebrity judges and more.