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 And Next Up....
Though some may have been disappointed that Ozark Blues Society decided to lay low this year and not produce their own festival, we are hoping you filled your gas tank back up after being in Eureka Springs for their festival last weekend because this weekend we are being treated to a gem of a festival put on by our southern neighbors in Fort Smith.  Gates open tonight at 5pm tonight and 4 pm tomorrow. An incredible lineup awaits you with local, regional, and national acts.  Read more below to find your favorite artists and times. When you get home from Fort smith, fill your tank again so you are ready to head to Bella Vista on July 3rd for the first annual Hot-Dam Blues Festival. With a great
group of music oriented people and organizations focusing on bringing
more live music to Bella Vista it will
be a not to be missed event for
the 4th of July weekend.

Musician or fans of bands please consider taking time to drop me an email with updates on gig information. I want this newsletter to offer you the information you, the reader, finds helpful. Send any ideas or comments to me anytime at:
~Sandy McCann

Meteor Guitar Gallery
Curtis Salgado
Inspired, powerful R&B showcases Salgado’s exceptional range and muscular, soulful vocals” --Billboard

Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter Curtis Salgado, touring in support of his new Alligator Records CD, The Beautiful Lowdown, will perform at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville on Monday, June 27, 2016.

With a career spanning forty years, Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “Joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, he is a true musical giant. NPR calls him “a blues icon” with a “huge voice.”

The Beautiful Lowdown is the singer’s most fearless and adventurous release to date. For the first time in his career, he wrote or co-wrote virtually the entire album himself. He co-produced it along with Marlon McClain and Tony Braunagel and contributed to the horn arrangements and background vocal parts. “My heart and soul are in this,” he says proudly. “I worked my tail off and let the songs lead the way.” As for the title, Salgado explains, “During a recent show, I turned to my guitarist and said, ‘Play something lowdown. But make it beautiful.’ Then I thought, ‘Keep that.’”

Salgado joined Alligator Records in 2012, releasing the award-winning, critically acclaimed Soul Shot. Salgado won three 2013 Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year. He also won for Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year for the second consecutive year, and for Soul Blues Album Of The Year (Soul Shot). The strength of the record led to Salgado touring far and wide, with gigs in Manilla, Guam, Brazil, Saipan and Panama. He has performed at major festivals including Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, The San Francisco Blues Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival, Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival, Denver’s Mile High Blues Festival, Toronto’s Waterfront Blues Festival, Thailand’s Phuket International Blues Festival and Poland’s Blues Alive Festival.
On The Beautiful Lowdown, the deeply-rooted singer effortlessly blends classic soul sounds and funk grooves with up-to-the-minute lyrics. His full-force vocals—intense and uninhibited—bring an urgency and edge to his timeless original songs. Blues Revue, describing Salgado’s performance style, declares, “He starts at excellent before segueing into goose bumps, ecstasy, and finally nirvana.”

Concert information is below:

Date: Monday, June 27, 2016
Venue: Meteor Guitar Gallery
Address: 128 W. Central Ave. 
City: Bentonville, AR
Phone: 479-268-1500
Showtime: 9:00pm
Ticket price: $20
This Weekend!
Don't forget for those maximizing their Northwest Arkansas Blues experience, this weekend is the 2016 edition of the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival.The lineup has many of your favorite local and regional acts and wraps up Saturday night with Curtis Salgado. 
Friday night June 24th
Gate opens at 5:00 – Music starts at 6:00
Blues N Greens
Eric Mathews Band
Mr Sipp
Selwyn Birchwood

Saturday night June 25th
Gate opens at 4:00 – Music starts at 5:00
Fat Head
Colin Lake
Gracie Curran
Toronzo Cannon
Curtis Salgado
Check out their website HERE 
Coming Soon!
Hot-Dam Blues Festival
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the first annual Bella Vista Hot-Dam Blues Festival. Sponsored by the Bella Vista Foundation, The City of Bella Vista Arts Council, and The Bella Vista POA, The Hot-Dam Blues Festival will be presented on Sunday, July 3rd, in the park below Lake Loch Lomond Dam from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Immediately following the Blues Festival, the City of Bella Vista will present their annual 4th of July fireworks. Entertainment will be provided by three great, Northwest Arkansas bands, including: Jim Mills and the Hellbenders, Joe Giles and the Homewreckers, and The Cate Brothers.
Admission and parking are free. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from five local food trucks
and the Bentonville Brewing Company
will host a beer garden.
The festival is also partnering with a
Bella Vista food pantry to collect food
for needy families. Spectators are
asked to bring nonperishable, canned
food items for donation.
Tax deductible donations to support the festival can be made to The Bella Vista Foundation. Checks can be mailed to the Bella Vista Foundation, PO Box 5261, Bella Vista, 72714. See their web site for more contact information:
or email:
Persons interested in volunteering to help with the festival can contact Deb
Sorensen at (479) 855-7633
Mark Your Calendar
2016 Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge
As the summer kicks off be assured the Ozark Blues Society Board kicks into gear working behind the scenes to start preparing for our annual fall event, the Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge. With the date locked down for
October 19, 2016
Georges Majestic Lounge
look for an announcement soon more details including how to enter.
Just in case we have any new readers unsure as to the purpose of this event, it is the competition that is used to select the band and solo/duo acts we will send to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge.  Bands and solo/duo acts who desire to compete in Memphis must win in a local competition sponsored by a blues society that is an affiliate of the Blues Foundation. Each affiliated society is allowed to send one band, one solo or duo, and one youth act.
Music Calendar 
  • Full House and The Odds for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Loose Change at Kingfish in Fayetteville
  • Brick Fields at Nomads Music Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Core Public House in Fayetteville
  • Dawn Cate and the Rhythm Kings at Jose's Southwest Grill in Springdale
  • Roger Thomas at The Boars Nest in Rogers
  • Drum Safari for Summer Family Fun at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival
  • The Mojo Trio at Foghorns in Fayetteville
  • Michael Tisdale at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
  • Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival
  • Divas on Fire for free concert at Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks in Fayetteville
  • NWA Center for Sexual Assault Benefit at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Sad Daddy for summer music series at the Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
  • School of Rock Spring Concert at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville

  • Curtis Salgado at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Reverend Horton Heat at George's Majestic Lounge
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Bears Place in Fayetteville
  • Open Mic at Foghorns in Fayetteville
  • Notes at Night at The Hive in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields and Left of Center for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Garrett Band at Rowdy Beaver Den in Eureka Springs
  • Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
  • School of Rock with Dalton Rapation at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Strap Jacket at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
 Mark Your Calendar
  • 07/03 Hot Dam Blues in Bella Vista
  • 07/09 Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco Band at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 07/30 Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley at The Founders Room in Alma
In this issue:  6/24/2016
 And Next Up....
Meteor Guitar Gallery hostsCurtis Salgado
This Weekend!
Coming Soon!Hot-Dam Blues Festival
Mark Your Calendar2016 Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge
Music Calendar 6/24-7/02
On this day in Blues History June 24
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
 June 24

Today’s show features music performed by George Gershwin and Albert King 
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
"I frequently hear music in the very heart of noise."
George Gershwin

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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