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Spring Ahead
Anybody besides me hating on the time change this weekend?  Yea...guess I didn't have to ask.  Aside from that, though others are in fact suffering, we did manage to dodge the bullet this week on the immense rain that has been swamping our neighbors to the south.  With trees and flowers breaking into bloom it really is starting to feel like spring! Won't be long at all till it's patio season...can I hear a "Yippee!"
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
A Letter From the President about
Ozark Blues Society
Blues In The Natural State
Hello Blues Fans,
      Ozark Blues Society has been busy lately!  Divas on Fire and Jimmy Wayne Garrett did a fantastic job representing our Society at the International Blues Competition in Memphis.  Our Blues in the Schools Program has had several events this year, and we recently had our annual meeting with elections of officers. 
     We scheduled our Blues in the Natural State Festival last October and discovered that a major blues act,"Keb Mo," is performing in Fayetteville the same night. He puts on a great show and our board determined it was in our best interest to reschedule our festival . After working diligently to find a date that works we have determined to postpone the festival until next year.
      Don't worry!  We will be working hard to  make sure we are supporting blues music in NW Arkansas!  The Rick Gibson Band will be at Meteor Guitar Gallery in June, the Hot Dam Blues Festival will be in Bella Vista on the 4th of July and we are working to support additional blues music in our area. We will send more details on these events as we get closer to the actual times of the performances.
      Thank you for supporting blues music, blues musicians, and Ozark Blues Society!

Bill Baird

Thank You to our Supporters
Liquor World
You have all read that your support as fans and members of Ozark Blues Society helps keep all our programs up and running, but just a reminder that we also couldn't do it without a wonderful group of local and regional sponsors!
This week's shout out goes to Liquor World of Fayetteville. Read on for all the information about their store or check them out on their website HERE
"Liquor World specializes in Arkansas' largest selection of wines spirits and beers from all over the world. We offer more than 200 beer choices including domestic, craft and import brews, the widest selection in Northwest Arkansas. Customers can browse through an extensive array of single-barrel bourbons, single-malt Scotches, premium tequilas, imported vodkas, liqueurs and other spirits."

"But the real treat is the more than 4,000 square feet of wines, priced from less than $10 to over $100, from wine regions around the world—France, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, California, Washington, Oregon, and the list goes on. Liquor World, fine wines in Fayetteville, ARCome and browse our 15,000 sq. ft. store, one of the best beer, wine and spirit selections in the state. We pride ourselves in our knowledgeble staff and outstanding service. We are happy to help you find what you are looking for, help you discover new favorites. We'll be glad to help you custom design a case of wine according to your tastes."

"We will be tasting a variety of wines at our in-store tasting bar Thursday - Saturday afternoons, and occassionally beer & spirits. As always, receive 10% off when you purchase a case of wine. It's fine to mix."
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
Our recent 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!


Music Calendar 
  • 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
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
  • Roger Thomas at Two25 Gallery and Wine Bar in Bentonville
  • 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
  • Claudia Burson Trio at Copelands Famous New Orleans Restaurant in Rogers
  • Jed Clampit at Pesto Cafe in Fayetteville
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Nomads Music Lounge in Fayetteville
03.17 Happy Saint Patricks Day!
  • The Downtown Livewires at Tusk and Trotter in Bentonville
  • Big Uns and On The Verge for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Earl and Them at Chelsea's in Eureka Springs
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
  • Chris Thomas King at The Founders Room in Alma
 Mark Your Calendar
  • 04.02 Lucious Spiller at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 04.05 JJ Grey and Mofro at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • 05.14 Chris Cameron Trio at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 06.10 Rick Gibson Band at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 06/16-06/19 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
  • 07.04 Hot Dam Blues in Bella Vista
In this issue:  3/11/2016
Spring Ahead
A Letter From the President about Ozark Blues SocietyBlues In The Natural State
Thank You to our SupportersLiquor World of Fayetteville
Lineup Announced!Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
Wrap-Up Blues in the Schools
Music Calendar 3/11-3/19
On this day in Blues HistoryMarch 11
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 11


Fats Domino

Today’s show features music performed by the great Fats Waller
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.
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This Week's Quote
"You get that right tickin' rhythm, man & its ON!"
Fats Waller

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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