The preliminary round is over, and the judges have sorted through and listened to more than 50 entries to the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. Here are the 16 semifinalists and the schedule for the next four Thursday nights at Juanita's Cantina Ballroom (shows begin at 9 p.m.).
Semifinalists (in alphabetically order) are: Beau Nixon and the Big Machine, the Boswells, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain, DJ Dirtbag, Fine Line, The Frup, Further Down, Highway 5, the Odds, Phantazmelodia, PM Today, Stone Mountain, Table 12, Temper Effect, 30 Percent Grey, Wildwood.
PM Today, Jacksonville
Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain, Heber Springs
The Frup, Arkadelphia
The Odds, Fayetteville
Table 12, Little Rock
Fine Line, Hot Springs
Highway 5, Sherwood
Stone Mountain, Conway
DJ Dirtbag, Little Rock
Further Down, Jonesboro
30 Percent Grey, Little Rock
Beau Nixon and the Big Machine, Little Rock
Boswells, Little Rock
Temper Effect, Little Rock
Admission for each Thursday night is $5. The Jan. 27 show will be open for all ages until 10 p.m.; the rest of the showcase will be open at ages 18 and up. The winner of each Thursday semifinal will advance to the final round, scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 4. The overall winner will take home music equipment, recording time from Blue Chair Studio, a guaranteed spot in Riverfest, a photo shoot, $200 in food from Trio's and more.
Main sponsors for the event are Juanita's and KMJX-FM, Magic 105. Dour prizes from the Times, Magic 105 and Juanita's will be awarded to audience members throughout the showcase.