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The MAD Battle - Day 2

Indoor Music Concert

MAD Battle
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The TOP 5 bands battling it out for the $2,500 grand prize are:

Akeem Kemp Band

Crutchfield

Jordan Sheppard & the Cypress Knees

Jimmy Lewis & 8 Second Ride

McCuin

Prizes
 
  • Best Vocals - $100
  • Best Showmanship - $100
  • Best Instrumentalist - $100
  • Best Overall - $2500 + promo package put together by production/marketing team + guaranteed booking at the Griffin.
Special Guests
Stephanie Smittle
Stephanie Smittle
Judge

Stephanie Smittle is culture editor for the Arkansas Times and an advocate for The Natural State's rich history of musicians and artists. Known otherwise for her chameleonic vocals, Smittle performs Ashkenazic folk music with Meshugga Klezmer Band, southern sludge metal with Iron Tongue and songs of politics and Arkansas history with duo Stephen and Stephanie. She has recorded two albums of genre-hopping original material with The Smittle Band and has sung the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" with Opera in the Ozarks, the role of Virginia Clinton in Bonnie Montgomery's opera "Billy Blythe," the roles of Queen Anne and Queen Elizabeth Woodville in the premiere of Karen Griebling's "Richard III: A Crown of Roses, A Crown of Thorns," as well as oratorio performances as soloist in Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde," Rutter's "Requiem," and Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem." 

Terry
Terry Stewart
Judge

Terry Stewart was the longest-running President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, serving from 1999 through the end of 2012. The Museum, a nonprofit organization, exists to educate visitors, music fans, and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. Since opening in 1995, the Museum has welcomed more than twelve million people, with annual visitors coming from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 100 countries.

After retiring from the Rock Hall, Stewart consulted for Gibson Brands in Nashville, focusing on artist relations and philanthropic activities. In addition, he was an executive producer of two music based shows on PBS. Both Nashville 2.0: The Rise of American Music (2013) and Hitmakers (2014) were carried nationally and critically acclaimed.

Currently, Stewart is the Chairman and CEO of El Dorado Festivals & Events (EFEI) in El Dorado, Arkansas. EFEI is building a new expansive arts and entertainment district in this small, picturesque southern town. The first phase of this project opened in September of 2017. Terry also chairs a group that is building the Chicago Blues Experience, the first blues museum in Chicago.

Caleb Burger
Caleb Burger
Judge

Caleb Burger! El Dorado Native! A music fan since I was singing Bon Jovi and Garth Brooks songs as a kid, a rock N roll fan from the first Aerosmith song my mother showed me and a concert fanatic since my first show, Dave Matthews Band. Music has fueled me across the nation chasing my favorite sounds whether for concerts or to find to bands! I believe there is music in every genre for everyone … you just have to listen! I’ve been in the crowd of hundreds of concerts from major festivals and arenas to the down home bars and backyard concerts trying to experience every aspect of the concert! Music is more than just a passion; it’s a way of life and I'm happily living in it!

 I’m the proud father of two girls, Autumn and Norah, and a husband to my wife, Sarah. I graduated from the University of Arkansas-Monticello with a Major in Psychology with Minors in Journalism and Philosophy. I now serve as the Operations Manager of Noalmark Broadcasting Corporation, your group of local radio stations: KIX 103, Big 96.1, 93.3 The Eagle, 98.7 The People’s Station, 101.5 The Hog, 106.5 MAX FM,  and 107.1 & AM1400 The Talk of South Arkansas.

 From Rock N Roll and Blues to Country and Bluegrass to Electronic Dance Music and Jam Bands… I Love Music! And, of course, I have a vinyl collection.

Bijoux
Bijoux Pighee
Judge

Bijoux, a native of Little Rock, AR, is a sultry soul singer adept in various styles.  The daughter of West African parents, Bijoux grew up in a household exposed to differing genres of music including folk, classic rock and roll, makossa, country, and R&B.  

Bijoux's jovial spirit, endearing vocals, vibrant entertaining, and musical versatility make her a perfect artist for any event or atmosphere!

Emily Cole
Emily Cole
Emcee

Hailing from El Dorado, Arkansas, Emily Cole has been singing since her first performance in church at the age of 7. Impressed by Emily’s ability to bring a soulful tone to her vocals, her grandmother gifted her “Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits” and a stereo for her 8th birthday. She grew up with the influence of strong female vocals like those of Aretha, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston to name a few.

She began competing in talent shows and pageants at a young age stating, “I only want to be in pageants because it gives me a reason to sing and be on stage. I don’t have to win.. I just want to dominate the talent competition”. After graduating high school, she got her Journalism degree at the University of Arkansas with a minor in Spanish and sang for several bands along the way including the famed salsa band “Calle Soul”, a nine-piece group that honed her Spanish speaking skills.

In 2014, Emily moved back to her hometown of El Dorado and has been singing all over the Ark-La-Tex region ever since. Coming back to a town in the midst of an artistic revitalization gave her the privilege of opening for artists like Wynonna Judd, Casey James, and Arkansas’ own Barrett Baber.

You can catch her singing at rock n roll shows with her band or performing acoustic sets with Matt Benson of El Dorado. She loves her amazing family, dear friends, and of course... Luna.

Thank you to our Partner

 

Arkansas Times

About the Venue

First Financial Music Hall
First Financial Music Hall
101 East Locust Street El Dorado , Arkansas | 870-444-3007

The First Financial Music Hall hosts a variety of performances throughout the year. With the support of First Financial Bank, Murphy Arts District has offered stage performances of Shakespeare, Shanghai Acrobats, and Second City, as well as dozens of concerts including Steve Earle, the Beach Boys, Ludacris, Casting Crowns, Train, and more. With room for up to 2,500 people we can also host weddings, banquets, and more. It is a tobacco free facility.  Learn More