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Blues News You Can Use!
 End of Summer
It's really hitting this weekend....
the end of summer long weekend
(for most) in celebration of Labor Day...and first home game for
the Razorbacks. The holiday \weekend weather looks amazing...hope everyone has
some fun activity planned!
Soon the Blues Challenge Competitor Page will be up and you can check out the information on acts in our challenge. Keep an eye on the OZARK BLUES SOCIETY web page to get the latest updates. Remember, for anyone who plans to register, now is the time.  Your early registration will allow us to help you promote your act's participation in this year's challenge. And as I mentioned last week, though there is not a separate category that includes "crowd reaction" most of us know that it helps the judges gauge
an act's "stage presence" when they see how you can move the crowd so all you fans, mark your calendars!
Again this week's calendar is full of
live music opportunities. Always remember, if I am missing YOUR information... or that of your favorite band or venue, you need to email me! I want this newsletter to offer you the
information you, the reader, finds helpful.Also please send any ideas or comments to me anytime at:
~Sandy McCann
Blues Challenge
Registration Is Open
It's Time!
Registration for the 2016 Ozark Blues Society Blues Blues Challenge is now open on our website

On the website under the "2016 Blues Challenge" menu tab you will find all the current information about the competition. Do remember that at least one member of each act must be a current member of Ozark Blues Society in order to register for the Blues Challenge.
The challenge will be held Wednesday, October 19th from 6 to 11:30.  The board of Ozark Blues Society is looking forward to another great Blues Challenge this year!
International Song Writing Competition
Judges Announced
In the latest edition of their Newsletter the International Songwriting Competition announced their judges for the 2017 competition.  Check out their NEWSLETTER or read on for more information.

Judges Include Chris Cornell, Lorde, Tom Waits, Joe Bonamassa, Bastille, India Arie, Donovan, Ziggy Marley, Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks), Fat Joe, Jesse & Joy, Hardwell, and Many More

Click here to enter!

ISC is open to both amateur and professional songwriters and offers 23 categories for you to enter your songs into. A total of 71 winners share in more than $150,000 in cash and prizes including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and much more in merchandise and services.

Entering ISC offers the opportunity for your music to be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives who are the decision makers that can influence and launch an artist's career. Monte Lipman, CEO and Chairman of Republic Records, says that "We're always impressed with the talented songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new artists."

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) judging panel includes an impressive group of high-profile recording artists and Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives from Atlantic, Warner Bros., RCA, Sire, Glassnote, Island, Razor & Tie, Sony Music Latin, Concord Label Group, Warner Music Nashville, Alligator, Wind-Up, Interscope, Provident, Capitol, Black River, New West, Virgin/EMI, Word, and many more.

Winning ISC is a distinction that has propelled many artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more. Past winners have included: Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; For King And Country; and many more.

Music Calendar 
  • Big 'uns and Flashback for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Left of Center at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • TJ Scarlett at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Voxana at Bentonville Brewing Company in Bentonville
  • Kyle Nachtigal at Two25 Gallery in Bentonville
  • Foley's Van for First Friday After Dark at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Gary Hutchison Band at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Michael Tisdale and the Union at Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
  • Bill Dollar and Loose Change at Foghorns in 15th in Fayetteville
  • Daryl Brooks band at Foghorns in Springdale
  • Buffalo Gals at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Bill Flaspohler at Two25 Gallery in Bentonville
  • Left of Center at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Joe Giles and the Homewreckers at Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Spring
  • Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill at Prairie Creek
  • Jimmy Garrett at Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
  • Happy Labor Day!
  • Goo Goo Dolls and Collective Soul at The Walmart AMP
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Bears Place in Fayetteville
  • Dave Tessier for Wine Down Wednesday at Two25 Gallery in Bentonville
  • Delta Ray at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • John Spurling for Notes at Night at Oven and Tap Restaurant in Bentonville
  • Joe Giles and the Homewreckers and The Bel Airs for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Charliehorse at Kingfish in Fayetteville
  • Keith Nicholson Trio at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson
  • Roger Thomas at Bentonville Brewing in Bentonville
  • Rob and Micheal at MJ Pizzeria in Springdale
  • Daryl Brooks Band at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Candy Lee at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at the Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
  • Claudia Burson Trio at Basin Park in Eureka Springs
 Mark Your Calendar
  • 09/16 Founders Night featuring Mark O'Conner at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 09/18 JP Soars and the Red Hots at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
  • 09/26 Coco Montoya at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 10/08 Eric Gales band at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 10/19 Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge
In this issue:  9/02/2016
 End of Summer
Blues ChallengeRegistration Is Open
2017 International Song Writing CompetitionJudges Announced
Music Calendar 9/02-9/10
On this day in Blues History September 02
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
 September 02

Today’s show features music performed by Louis Armstrong and J.B. Lenoir
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
“There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell 'em"
Louis Armstrong

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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