Some of our favorite bands have emerged from the last few years of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase — Dazz & Brie, Yuni Wa, Couch Jackets, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo, Solo Jaxon, The Rios and Adventureland, to name just a handful. Inaugurated in 1993 by the now-defunct Spectrum Weekly and handed over to the Arkansas Times around 1997, the showcase has been reliably eclectic in its third decade, offering sets from seasoned local ensembles, side projects from longtime music veterans and talented upstarts honing their stage offerings for the first time.
This year, catch those semifinalist sets at Stickyz, and mark your calendar for Saturday, March 14, when the semifinalists face off at the Rev Room for a chance at an award package that includes prizes from Trio’s and Palmer Music Co., plus performances at Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival, the Arkansas State Fair, Yadaloo Music Fest, FestiVille Jacksonville, Thursday Night Live at Murphy Arts District and more.
Stay tuned here each week to see who’s playing in each round of our semifinals!
Our 2020 semifinalists are, in alphabetical order:
Any Given Room
Bones of the Earth
Hemmed In Hollow
The Phenomenal Self
Up first, at Stickyz on Thursday, Jan. 30, in no particular order: Sleepover, The Phenomenal Self, Won Run and M.
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