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A Roaring Good Time!
I figured out last week in my haste to get this newsletter out before I started my day of Blues in the Schools presentations I neglected to share about a very important upcoming event that just announced their 2016 lineup. The Eureka Springs Blues Festival is June 16-19. You can currently purchase regular and the limited edition VIP weekend passes (individual day tickets go on sale April 1) at the website.  Because it takes an army to make an event like this roll smoothly, they are also looking for additional volunteers and sponsor/vendors at their website. 
Read on below for all the information!
And as always, please remember I need artists and readers to help me get linked up to events you have or know about, especially if the events aren't posted to the local calendars. Send any
ideas or comments to me anytime at:
~Sandy McCann
Lineup Announced!
Eureka Springs
Blues Weekend

The Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, a premier event held each year in Northwest Arkansas, has announced their lineup for 2016 and once again it looks like an amazing list of don't miss blues artists and activities.  The ES Blues Weekend is once again partnering with Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge so attending this family friendly event is a win-win situation for blues lovers and the big cats alike! 
Read on for the full information recently released to fans and subscribers.
"Presented by The 1905 Basin Park Hotel and The Eureka Springs City Advertising & Promotion Commission, the 2016 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, June 16 through 19, will feature four days of great blues music, including headliner shows at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and great national, regional and local blues acts at venues all around historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We're moving our headliner shows to Turpentine Creek's Main Stage, giving everyone a true festival experience with plenty of FREE parking, arts & crafts vendors, fun activities for kids of all ages, lots of great food and beverages for sale and four days of music from the "The Who's Who of the Blues"! Then at sundown we'll shut down the Main Stage at Turpentine Creek to give everyone a chance to enjoy even more Blues until the "wee hours" every day at venues all around Eureka Springs!
Some of the acts appearing are Grammy Award winner Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory, Arkansas blues legend CeDell Davis and The Brethren, Blues Music Award winner Hadden Sayers, Damon Fowler (now on tour with Butch Trucks), International Blues Challenge winner The Delgado Brothers, The Ghost Town Blues Band, Ozarks Blues Society Blues Challenge solo winner Jimmy Wayne Garret, Ozarks Blues Society Blues Challenge band winner Divas On Fire, The Cate Brothers, IBC Finalists Trey and Jason, The John Calvin Brewer Band, Isayah's All-Stars, George Hunt's Blues For Kids harmonica workshop, 15-year-old American Idol contestant Ethan Kuntz, Brick Fields Gospel Sunday Brunch and many, many more acts appearing at our partner venues all around town. From headliner shows at America's premiere Big Cat Refuge to dance bands in dive bars, Blues Weekend will feature every shade of The Blues!
Volunteers who put in at least two shifts get great benefits, including entrance to the festival, a festival t-shirt, merchandise discounts and more! Sign up today at
VIP and Weekend Passes are on sale at
      Individual day tickets go on sale on April 1."
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Blues in the Schools
Last Friday's Blues in the Schools was an awesome success.  The students (all 700+ of them) really got into it and from teacher feedback learned a number of new things that will help them in their studies of Arkansas History and as they read a novel in Language Arts about the historic events in Birmingham Alabama in 1963. Ozark Blues Society wishes to thank all the teachers and staff at both schools as well as district support we received to help bring our love of blues music to the seventh grade students in Fayetteville Public Schools. Thanks also go out to the many local musicians that support Blues in the Schools (even when it requires a 7:15 AM load in!) At this past week's event we had Jimmy Wayne Garrett and The Liberty Bell Rhythm Band featuring Ocie Fisher. We also wish to than the Arkansas Democrat Gazette for supporting us through photographs! Check them out below!


Seeking Newsletter Submissions
We are looking for any of our readers who want to get involved and share their own love of the blues! It would be wonderful to have more pieces like we have enjoyed
in the past submitted by our readers.
The topics are nearly endless....just anything that is about the blues.  Have
you been to a spectacular event or show you could tell us about? Are you excited about some aspect of blues history you could share? Or perhaps you are a blues musician and would like to share with the non-musician public about some aspect of your craft?  The sky is pretty much the limit.  We always try to publish articles in full, but of course Ozark Blues Society reserves the right to edit or reject any piece submitted for publication. Authors are always notified before publication and if editing is required.  
Music Calendar 
  • Full House and Ocie Fisher for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Richard Burnett at Mojos Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
  • Isayah's Allstars at The Grove in Rogers
  • Jeff Horton Band at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett and the Liberty Bell Band at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • The Odds at Mojos Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
  • Claudia Burson Trio at Copelands Famous New Orleans Restaurant in Rogers
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
  • Jed Clampit at Pesto Cafe in Fayetteville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJs Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Bears Place in Fayetteville
  • William Reyes for Notes At Night at 211 Cafe in Bentonville
  • Gary Hutchison Birthday Bash (featuring Oreo Blues, Earl Cate, and David Renko) and KALO for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Crescent City Combo at Smoke and Barrel in Fayetteville
  • Silvershakers at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motavatas at Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
  • Mavis Staples and Nick Lowe at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville
  • Amanda Rey at Foghorns in Fayetteville
  • Copelin Bates at JJs Grill and Chill in Rogers
 Mark Your Calendar

  • 03.19 Chris Thomas King at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 04.02 Lucious Spiller at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 04.05 JJ Grey and Mofro at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • 06/16-06/19 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
In this issue:  3/4/2016
A Roaring Good Time!
Lineup Announced!Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
Wrap-Up Blues in the Schools
Seeking Newsletter Submissions
Music Calendar 3/04-3/12
On this day in Blues HistoryMarch 4
This Week's Quote
Check Out these regular local radio programs
Get Involved with the Ozark Blues Society

Links You Can Use

On this day
in Blues History
March 4


Fats Domino
Today’s show features music performed by Sonny Terry
Read more at:
You have to open your mind. I like the ability to express myself in a deep way. It's the closest music to our humanity - it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture.
Read more at:
This Week's Quote

"You have to open
your mind. I like the ability to express myself in a deep way. It's the closest music to our humanity - it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture."
Sonny Terry

Check Out these regular local radio programs

"The Generic Blues Show" hosted by Paul Kelso airs every Friday night at 9pm on KUAF 91.3FM

Rockin' Hog Radio presents "Sunday Morning Blues" from 8am to 10am every Sunday
Get Involved with the Ozark Blues Society

Annual membership levels begin at $15 and give you so much in return, including meeting new friends while enjoying the best blues artists in the area.  
By being a member of The Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas, you are helping to support the Arts and to preserve the Original American Art Form known as The Blues.
Membership Benefits Include:
Weekly E-newsletter
Opportunities to win tickets to events
VIP seating at events (when available)
Discounts on OBS merchandise
Social networking – meeting other people who also love the blues
Opportunities to volunteer on OBS committees and at events
Ability to attend board meetings and vote on upcoming organizational issues and elections
Visit our Website to renew or join!


Links You
Can Use
Arkansas Music Pavillion
Arkansas Music Works
American Blues News
The Blues Foundation
Blues For A Cause
Blues Festivals Guide
Blues Guitar News
Crystal Bridges
Downtown Bentonville
Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
Free Weekly
George’s Majestic Lounge
Guitar Center
J L Sound & Lighting Productions
National Blues Museum
North AR Jazz Society
NWA Tunedin
Rockin' Hog Radio
Sherry L Speer Photography
The Founders Room
The Walmart Museum
Tom Mowry Photography


Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas  |  P O Box 2004  |  Bentonville, AR 72712  | 

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