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Blues News You Can Use!
 Countdown to Christmas
Here we go....the calendar at the end of this newsletter will take you up through Christmas Eve.  Can you believe it? Even with a plethora of
real distractions this year, time still has seemed to fly by.  May all of
you experience peace and love
as you work through this final
week of preparations.
Details have become plans and the poster for our upcoming 2017 Road to Memphis Fundraiser is featured below. Why not put this event on your calendar now? It has sold out in the past as it is an amazingly fun night of awesome music. Read on below for more information.
As we do each week, we offer a calendar at the end of this newsletter that highlights bands, venues, and organizations that partner with the Ozark Blues Society. Please let me know if it is presenting the events you are interested in. And as always, don't forget to send any ideas or comments to me anytime at:
~Sandy McCann
Mark Your Calendars
for the
Ozark Blues Society
 2017 IBC Fundraiser
Details are coming together so check out the poster below for more information. Ozark Blues Society is once again very excited to bring this spectacular Road to Memphis Fundraiser to the 21c Hotel in Bentonville. Join us as we raise funds to assist in the costs associated with sponsoring the acts representing us in Memphis at the 2017 International Blues Challenge.

Both of our winning acts will be there to
perform as well as local favorites, The Downtown Livewires.  So mark your calendars and keep a watch on this newsletter and our website for more information!
The link is now available for advance ticket purchases.  Find it HERE
Stocking Stuffer
from the
International Songwriting Competition
In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, ISC 2016 is re-opening submissions until January 2, 2017 for its annual #ISCStockingStuffer promotion, and the fee is a discounted $25 per entry. All songs will be automatically entered into the overall music competition, as well as be eligible for special prizes that include $1,000 in cash, Adam Audio F7 Studio Monitors, UE 900 In Ear Monitors, CAD D90 Microphones, free credits from Radio Airplay, and more. This will be the very last chance to enter ISC 2016, so enter now at
International Blues Challenge
Though some of the special rates rooms have been filled there is still time to get booked in a downtown Memphis Hotel if you are attending the 2017 International Blues Challenge (IBC).  It is also time to consider booking a room and ordering passes. All the details and information one might need can be found on the Blues Foundation website HERE:

Music Calendar 
  • Eric Clapton Tribute and Bill Dollar and Loose Change for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Richard Burnett at After 5 Bar and Grill in Rogers
  • Randy Soller at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Kyle Natchtigal at Two25 Gallery in Bentonville
  • Willin-N-Able at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith

  • Local Holiday Showdown w/ Andy Frasco and more at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • UUFF Winter Jazz Concert Benefit at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Fayetteville
  • Jay Yates at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Tony Alvarez at Ramo d' Olivio in Bentonville
  • Voxanna at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • A Very Merry Christmas with The Strayz at Two25 Gallery in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute and Mark Bokun at Low Gap Cafe in Ponca

  • Claudia Burson at Copeland's Famous New Orleans Restaurant in Rogers
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista

  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators on "American Alley" on KPSQ 97.3 fm  Fayetteville Community Radio
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
  • Mudhaw and On the Verge for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Trey O'Dell at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Broadway sing-a-long-Irving Belin-Holiday Inn at Two25 Gallery in Bentonville
  • Tony Alvarez at Ramo d'Olivio in Bentonville
  • Christmas Eve - Enjoy!
 Mark Your Calendar
  • 12/31 Level Up 2017 New Year's Event at Meteor Guitar Gallery
  • 1/21/2017 Road to Memphis OBS Fundraiser at the 21c Hotel in Bentonville
In this issue:  12/16/2016
 Countdown to Christmas
Mark Your Calendarsfor theOzark Blues Society 2017 IBC Fundraiser
Stocking Stufferfrom theInternational Songwriting Competition
International Blues Challenge
Music Calendar 12/16-12/24
On this day in Blues History December 16
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
 December 16

Today’s show features music performed by Clara Smith and Jelly Roll Morton
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
"Get up from that piano. You hurtin' its feelings."
Jelly Roll Morton
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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