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 2016 Blues Challenge!
This week Ozark Blues Society hosts one of our most important events.  The Blues Challenge is much more than just a "battle of the bands." Our local challenge is representative of  the portal blues bands must enter if they wish to be considered to compete in the 2017 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis. It is considered the "preliminaries" and when they get to Memphis the acts plunge right into quarter-finals. Affiliates of the Blues Foundation are required to hold a local/regional competition if they desire to sponsor competitors and are expected to follow rules used for the IBC. This year we have a full roster of amazing local and regional bands. Check out the article below for more information and visit our website to see band Bios and learn more about the competition. You don't want to miss it! 

Most outdoor music has wrapped up but this week's calendar is still full of live music opportunities. Remember to send any ideas or comments to me anytime at:
~Sandy McCann
Attention Blues Bands!
Best Self Produced CD Competition
Each year in conjunction with the International Blues Challenge, the Blues Foundation allows affiliates such as Ozark Blues Society to submit one CD to the Best Self Produced CD Competition.  Most years we have been contacted by bands wishing to have us consider their CD, but this year the field remains open. Therefore we are offering one last chance for musicians to be considered for the 2017 competition. To have your CD considered please send 5 copies of your CD to:
Ozark Blues Society
c/o Sandy McCann
1680 N Viewpoint Dr.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
We must RECEIVE your CDs no later than October 21, 2016!

The complete rules for the competition can be found HERE: The CD must have been released during November 1, 2015 – October 31, 2016 time frame.
Judges will evaluate the following points. The criteria are in order of importance.
(1) Blues Content (is this a Blues Music recording)
(2) Musical Performance (Musicianship)
(3) Audio Quality of the Presentation (Production Values, Levels)
(4) Cover Art and Design (Professional Packaging, Ready for the rack at your favorite music outlet?)
(5) Credits and Liner Information. (Informative, Professional)

Blues Challenge Lineup
During the October 1, 2016 Ozark Blues Society board meeting a random drawing was held to assign the playing order for our Blues Challenge Competitors.
The Competition will begin with our two solo/duo acts and move directly into the band competition. Acts will play in the following order....
5:30 Damon Sanford
6:00 Jackie B and Me
6:30 The Downtown Livewires
7:00 Vox Squadron
7:30 Amanda Rey & West Street Blues Band
8:00 Rick Gibson Band
8:30 Nathan Bryce and Loaded Dice
9:00 Sister Lucille Band
9:30 Dylan Whitney Band
10:00 Buddy Shute and the Motivators
Local Artist
awarded Arkansas Arts Fellowship Award
Rachel Sutterfield Brick, known as Rachel Fields, called an Arkansas treasure by Arkansas residents has been credited for her music along with her husband Larry Brick as “Brick Fields”, both nationally and internationally. On Thursday, October 13 Rachel received an Arkansas Fellowship Award by The Arkansas Arts Council.
 Awarded annually, the fellowships recognize individual artistic ability and creative excellence in literary, performing and visual arts. These $4,000 fellowships enable artists to set aside time for creating their art and improving their skills. Three artistic disciplines are selected each year as categories for the awards. Rachel was one of the three awarded performing artists for her music. The fellowship award has come just in time to assist in the completion of her latest project Blues Habit. The new album is dedicated to the original American art form of blues music in a style that was developed by Brick Fields called Ozark Gospel Blues: arranged by Rachel and her husband Larry Brick, produced by manager Andy Green and engineered by Darren Crisp of Crisp Studios in Fayetteville, AR. The music is a mixture of original compositions including covers of songs by other Arkansas artists. The albums cover art is the first of a series of blues inspired paintings created by her 12-year-old daughter Riley Roussin. The anticipated release date is mid-November.
To learn more about Rachel Fields and receive updates on the upcoming album release visit  and sign up for the newsletter. 
Music Calendar 
  • Oreo Blue and Brick Fields for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Amanda Rey at Foghorns in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett and the Liberty Bell Rhythm Band at Levis Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • Marshall Wallace and Westpark Drive at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at the Rowdy beaver in Eureka Springs

  • Korn and Breaking Benjamin at The Walmart AMP in Rogers
  • Melody Pond at Ramo d' Olivio in Bentonville
  • Sarah Loethen at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Michael Tisdale and the Union at The Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
  • Buddy Shute and Mark Bokun at Low Gap Cafe in Ponca

  • Michael Tisdale Duo at The Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs

  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Bears Place in Fayetteville
  • Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Bears Place in Fayetteville
  • Dave Tessier for Wine Down Wednesday at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Fretts Folly for Notes at Night at Pedalers Pub in Bentonville
  • Leah and the Mojo Doctors and Charliehorse for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • The Odds at JJ's on Dickson in Fayetteville
  • Honeyjack at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Ion Jazz Duo at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Emily Nance at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Darren Ray at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Gary Hutchison Band at JJ's Grill and Chill in Forth Smith
  • Matt Smith and Ocie Fisher at Chelsea's Cafe in Eureka Springs

  • Brick Fields at Tontitown Winery in Tontitown
  • John Dooly at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Eric Matthew Band at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
 Mark Your Calendar
  • 10/29 Chris Cameron Trio at The Founders Room in Alma
In this issue:  10/14/2016
 2016 Blues Challenge!
Attention Blues Bands!Best Self Produced CD Competition
2016 Blues Challenge Lineup
Music Calendar 10/14-10/22
On this day in Blues History October 14
This Week's Quote
Blues Education Supporters
Check Out these regular local radio programs
Get Involved with the Ozark Blues Society

Links You Can Use

On this day
in Blues History
 October 14

Today’s show features music performed by
Jackie Wilson and Kenny Neal
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
"The idea of 'Spoonful' was that it doesn't take a large quantity of anything to be good. If you have a little money when you need it, you're right there in the right spot, that'll buy you a whole lot."
Howlin' Wolf

Blues Education Supporters
Thanks to the following for their support of blues education.

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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