Six local bands have been chosen to play in the SouthSounds Mobile Bay Music Showcase presented by Lagniappe. The selection committee went through dozens of entries submitted by area bands and selected the following acts: Black Titan, Coleman- Mason Band, Crowned Jewelz, Infant Richard and the Delta Stones, Stereo Dogs and Underhill Family Orchestra.

Each of these six finalists will play a 20-minute set before a panel of judges at noon on Saturday, April 9, on the Cathedral Square Stage. The winning band will go on to compete in the regional Lagniappe New Southern Music Showcase against five of the hottest up-and-coming bands from around the Southeast on Sunday, April 10, from 1-4 p.m., also on the Cathedral Square Stage.

Those bands were also recently announced and include: Bantam Foxes (New Orleans), Motel Radio (New Orleans), Sh-Booms (Orlando), She Returns From War (Charleston) and The High Divers (Charleston). This showcase will be judged by a panel of national music industry professionals.

The winner of the regional showcase will receive a fantastic prize package, including studio time and accommodations at Studio H20 with the legendary Rick Hirsch, a week-long writing/R&R retreat at a Gulf-front beach house in Gulf Shores provided by SouthSounds Music Festival, a $500 gift certificate to Andy’s Music, a $150 gas card and a feature in the April 14 issue of Lagniappe.

Along with the finalists, organizers announced the judges for the Mobile Bay Music Showcase. The panel includes: Dan McCurry, founder of Hearts and Plugs Records (Charleston); Blake Ells, author of “The Muscle Shoals Legacy of FAME,” writer for Weld Birmingham and freelancer for Birmingham Magazine and al.com; Jake Phillips (Atlanta), entertainment and media attorney with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig; and Billy Francis (Daphne), owner of Bay Sound Records, which has served the Gulf Coast’s music and vinyl needs for almost 23 years.