Adventureland Brian Chilson

The 2019 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase is nearing its end. We’ve just wrapped up an intense four weeks of competition in this annual battle of the bands. Each night of the showcase, our esteemed judges – along with the crowd in attendance – picked their top band by scoring the musicians on songwriting, originality, musicianship and showmanship.

Those four finalists – along with the top runner up across all four rounds of competition – face off at the finals Friday, March 1 at the Rev Room. Our esteemed panel of core judges will be joined by emcee Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf, and by guest judges Drew Pickens of Hive Studios and Larnie Bosmeyer Hughes.

Get your tickets in advance here.

Join us Friday night to support local music, and to hear sets from Adventureland, Illusionaut, The Mad Deadly, Willowack and White Mansion.


The five bands face off for a robust prize package, including a performance spot at Low Key Arts’ acclaimed Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival, a performance spot at Thursday Night Live at the Griffin in El Dorado’s revitalized Murphy Arts District, a performance spot at Jacksonville’s FestiVille, a performance spot at the Arkansas State Fair, eight hours of studio time and artist development at The Hive Studio, a gift certificate from beloved farm-to-table eatery Trio’s Restaurant, cold hard cash and more.