In a marathon of pedal effects, fog and melody at the Rev Room Friday night, we wrapped the 2019 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase up in a bow, and crowned a winner: Willowack of Siloam Springs.

They’ll join fellow finalists Adventureland in mid-March at the ever-inventive Valley of the Vapors festival in Hot Springs, and look for them later this year as they claim performance spots all over the state as part of the showcase’s prize package.

Check out the shots and video Arkansas Times photographer Brian Chilson took at the showcase finals, as well as some comments from our panel of judges. 


Willowack

From our judges:

“Dark horse for the win. Willowack brought it and shone brighter than at their Stickyz show.”

“Put on a good show, and they welcomed the entire room.”

“Fresh, unique sound. These guys have the ability to appeal to diverse audiences.”


Adventureland

From our judges:

“A kinder, gentler Pavement. Sincere.”

“These guys were enjoying themselves and the energy transferred to the crowd.”

Illusionaut

From our judges:

“My kind of weird.”

“These guys put on an entertaining show. Great stage presence.”

The Mad Deadly

From our judges:

“No gimmicks, just killer. Cohesive. Clean. Love these guys.”

“Mad skills.”

White Mansion

From our judges:

“Gorgeous melodies.”