Congratulations to the winner of the 2018 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo!

Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo, added to the showcase as the “wild card” band (the band who didn’t win their semifinalist round but scored the highest in the remaining pool of semifinalists) took home the title with top marks from our judges Robert Locke, vocalist for the Los Angeles-based band Farmikos, and also co-owner and founder of Shindig Music, an online guide to music entertainment for Arkansas and the Mid-South; Sarah Woolf, dedicated local music fan and creator of Follow the Woolf; Dazzmin (Dazz) Murry, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter in Dazz & Brie and The Emotionalz and master of the hard crouch; Brie Boyce, the “Brie” vocal powerhouse half of Dazz & Brie, last year’s showcase champions and guest judge Bob Tarren, chief marketing officer for Murphy Arts District and El Dorado Festivals & Events.

Jamie Lou Connolly and her band will take home: cold hard cash, an in-studio showcase at Capitol View Studio, a live spot at Patio on Park Hill 2018, a live spot at the Arkansas State Fair Bud Light Pavilion, a live spot at Musicfest El Dorado, a live spot at a reinvented Riverfest, a live spot at Low Key Arts’ Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival in Hot Springs, a Thursday Night Live performance at Griffin Restaurant in El Dorado, eight hours of artist development at The Hive Studio, a PRS SE 245 Standard 22 Electric Guitar from Sunrise Guitars and more.

Check out the slideshow and videos of stellar performances from all five finalists, courtesy of our photographer Brian Chilson: Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo, Recognizer, Couch Jackets, The Rios and Sabine Valley.