by Robert Bell
And so it begins. The 21st annual Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase is upon us. The fun starts at 9 p.m. tonight at Stickyz. For the first time, the showcase is an all-ages affair. Cover is $5 for 21 and older, $10 for 20 and younger.
In the posts below, you'll find info and tunes from each of the four acts playing in Round 1 of the semifinals — Annalisa Nutt, Trey Hawkins Band, Collin Vs. Adam and Damn Arkansan. We'll announce the winner here on Rock Candy on Friday morning.
In addition to the music, there'll be giveaways for lucky audience members, and you can enter to win passes to some of the raddest upcoming music festivals. We'll be drawing names at the finals for several pairs of passes to Wakarusa (May 30-June 2), Thunder on the Mountain (June 6-8) and Bonnaroo (June 13-16 in Manchester, Tenn.).
You can enter the drawing for each festival once at every round of the showcase, including the finals. So naturally, you'll want to make it out to every round to increase your odds. We'll draw names at the finals, March 1 at Revolution.
Our web and design guru Bryan Moats has created an awesome site for the showcase. You should definitely check it out, it's your go-to source for all things Showcase: the schedule; the judges; the history; and of course, the T shirts.
Come on out and say hey, we'd love to see you there.