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Back from IBC and Even More Blues!
As always it was an awesome week for me and my husband in Memphis.  We had the distinct honor of once again being volunteers in this amazing Blues Foundation event. From band/CD check in on Wednesday, to two nights of being a venue coordinator at Hard Rock Cafe, to helping with the youth showcase through time keeping at finals we fill our days enjoying not only the awesome music all around us, but also a sense accomplishment by being a part of the Blues Foundation IBC team.
I also was excited this year to watch three woman fronted bands clean up 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the finals! Congratulations to my blues sisters! You can read on below for the full
list of winners.   
Don't miss the article below on our current Blues in the Schools events. This week we were in Farmington
and soon we have programs for the 7th graders in Fayetteville. Additionally, please remember to check out the article below about our annual meeting and board elections being held on March 7th.

  Finally, always remember you can let me know if you have any ideas, comments or additions to the newsletter. Just send them to me anytime at:
~Sandy McCann
International Blues Challenge
Wow!  What an AMAZING time it was in Memphis for the 2017 International Blues Challenge! Unfortunately our Northwest Arkansas entries were eliminated prior
to the final round, however they each
lost to acts that went on to place in the finals. As has been stated so many times each band goes to Memphis as WINNERS and in blues language it is all gravy from there. Read on below for the list of the 2017 winners and don't forget to follow all the activities of the Blues Foundation
at their website HERE  
.....or their Facebook page HERE
Blues in the Schools
Almost immediately after returning from Memphis, members of the Ozark Blues Society board hit the ground running with our Blues in the Schools program. The event this week was at Bob Folsom Elementary School in Farmington. We presented a short offering about blues history which focused on call and response by sharing a 12-bar blues verse written just for the K-3 students at the school. Ozark Blues Society board members were also in attendance to share the exciting news that through our grant from the Puffin Foundation we were able to supply music teacher Ashley Watson's classroom with two additional xylophones allowing her to expand student involvement in hands on experience as she teaches about blues and other American roots music. 

Coming Up Soon!

The Ozark Blues Society will hold it's annual meeting on March 7, 2017 from 6-8pm at Foghorns in Springdale. Elections will be held for the officer positions of President and Treasurer.  Officers serve for two year terms. To be included in this meeting (and to vote)
you must be a member of Ozark Blues Society so this might be a good time
to check if your membership is
current. Go HERE to sign up or update your membership.
A committee was formed at the January meeting to identify and nominate potential candidates for the board positions up for election. 
For more information or to present a
potential candidate, please click below to email:
Music Calendar 
Please enjoy the following listings comprised of bands, venues, and/or organizations supportive of Ozark Blues Society. Always check with individual venues for event details and schedule changes.

  •  Oreo Blue and Friends and Joe Giles for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Samantha Fish at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Randy Soller at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Rockabilly Rock and Roll Dance Party at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • The HOuse of Songs Ozarks Concert at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Stanley Jordan at The Founders Room in Alma
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson in Fayetteville

  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Bears Place in Fayetteville
  • Nace Brothers and Mangosteen for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Tony Alvarez at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • The Lark and the Loon at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • The Odds at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Roger Thomas at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Rick Atha at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Oreo Blue at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
Mark Your Calendar
  • 2/25 The Downtown Livewires for The Mayor's Ball in Eureka Springs
  • 3/10 Roy Clark at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 3/17 Ghost Town Blues Band at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
  • 4/1 WellRed Comedy Tour at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
In this issue:  2/10/2017
Back from IBC and Even More Blues!
2017 International Blues Challenge Winners
Blues in the Schools
Coming Up Soon!
Music Calendar 2/10-2/18
On this day in Blues History February 10
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
 February 10

Today’s show features music performed by
Little Richard and Chick Webb
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
"But men are so full of greed today, they'll sell anything for a little piece of money."

I was always singing the way I felt, and maybe I didn't exactly know it, but I just didn't like the way things were down there-in Mississippi.
Read more at:
 Little Richard
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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