The time is drawing nigh, friends. The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase is just two weeks away. The first round kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Sticky Fingerz. Over the course of four consecutive Thursdays, 16 semi-finalists will battle for a spot in the Showcase finals on Friday, March 7, to be held at Revolution. Four acts will compete each Thursday; the line-up will be announced shortly. But here, we’re pleased to announce the semifinalists:

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Ace Spade and the Whores of Babylon
Benjamin Del Shreve
Brian Frazier
Brian Martin
Damn Bullets
Epiphany and One Night Stand
Kyoto Boom
Notion
The Reds
Red Zephyrs
Riverboat Crime
Rockst*r
The Running Back
Sean Rock & the Toltecs

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Each week judges will grade the semi-finalists on song quality, originality, musicianship, showmanship and crowd response, with a higher percentage of the score focused on song quality and originality.