by Robert Bell
So Halloween is already here, which means Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, which means Christmas is nigh, which means before you can say "two-day hangover" you'll be tying one on and toasting the new year and wondering just how in the hell 2011 managed to sneak past you so quickly.
And of course, with another new year comes another Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. This marks the contest's 20th year.
Here's how it'll go down: your trusty Times staff and the folks from Stickyz and Revolution pare down the field to a gaggle of semi-finalists; starting Jan. 26, four of those acts will square off each week at Stickyz and five judges will select a winner. Each week's winner moves on to the finals at Revolution. The winner of the final round will receive a bevy of excellent prizes and a drink named in his, her or their honor.
So if you are an Arkansas-based musical act (solo or band) performing original material in any genre, you should go ahead and enter. Hip-hop? Yes. Country? Yup. Rock? For sure. Blues? Alright. Metal? Affirmative. Soul? Seriously. Techno? Yep. Folk? Indeedy. Hillbilly-wave? OK. Beard-core? You know it. Ambient lounge? Oh yeah. Psychedelic Calypso? Certainly. Acoustic Electronica? You bet. Celtic Kosmische? Uh-huh. Traditional dubstep-tinged Lithuanian Black Metal folk-trance? Yes, please.
You can click here and upload your band info and tunes (we'll need four). That's probably the easiest way to toss your hat in the ring. We'll also include an entry form in the upcoming print editions, so you can fill that out, clip it and send it to us with a CD.
The deadline is Dec. 31, so if your act is new, new-ish or nonexistent and therefore you don't have any songs recorded yet, you have two months to sequester yourself out in the woodshed with the four-track or iPhone or whatever.
Questions? E-mail robertbell (at) arktimes dot com.