Ahead of this Saturday’s showcase finals, we’re giving a little preview of each finalist. One of those is Tiny Towns, a quartet from Jonesboro that knocked our socks off with mathematical timing, Vulfpeck sensibilities and mad style. Here’s “Ottawa.”
The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase was inaugurated in 1993 by the now-defunct Spectrum Weekly and handed over to the Arkansas Times in 1997. This Saturday, we ring in its 28th anniversary with a big celebration and competition.
From all of our showcase entries, we chose 16 bands. They competed in semifinal rounds at Stickyz in January and February. Our judges included Diana Long, director of River Market Operations for the LR Convention & Visitors Bureau; EC Haynes, rock and roller, hardcore haircare guru, lead singer of Four on the Floor; Buckley O’Mell, vice president of advocacy at the Little Rock Regional Chamber and the founder of Create Little Rock; Cliff and Susan Erwin Prowse, the musicians behind the Pink Piano Show and founders of Yadaloo Music Festival; Sonny Kay, executive director of Low Key Arts; and poet, playwright and organizer Chris James.
They’ve narrowed the contenders down to six bands: Tiny Towns, Won Run, Ante Yana, Hemmed In Hollow and The Trashcan Bandits. Shepherded by emcee Chris James, those five bands will battle it out at the finals starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Rev Room. The winner’s prizes include:
- goodies from Trio’s and Palmer Music Co.
- cold hard cash
- a performance at the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival,
- a performance at the the Arkansas State Fair,
- VIP tickets to the Yadaloo Music Fest,
- a performance at FestiVille Jacksonville
- a performance at Thursday Night Live at Murphy Arts District.