I wasn’t around for the beginning of the Musicians Showcase a decade
ago, but I’ve got to think that the decision to call it the “Arkansas
Times Musicians Showcase” as opposed to something like the “Arkansas
Times Battle of the Bands,” spoke to a desire to host a contest that
showed off local talent in all its diversity, local acts the community
didn’t know about, but should.

Our line-up last year fit that
criteria, I think, but if people didn’t know a lot of the participants,
it was because they weren’t following local music at all. This year, I
believe our talent pool is just as rich (or richer), but it’s filled
with a lot of bands even the most ardent follower of local music might
not have seen. So make plans to come out; there’s bound to be plenty of