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Blues News You Can Use!
Hatching Eggs
With Easter upon us it is a time of reflection and renewal for many.  As our weather has shifted to finally give us a clear vision of upcoming summer outdoor activities, it seems the music community is blossoming as well. Along with the annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis in early May, we are being treated here in NWA to CD release parties, awesome local musicians hosting fundraisers for local homeless folks, as well as the beginnings of patio season sprinkled around. Read on below for all the dates for these events. Also, if you are a local/regional musician interested in the International Blues Challenge, don't skip the article below about changes to the rules Blues Foundation Affiliates must follow
as they host their local Blues Challenge competitions.  
And don't forget...if you have some cool blues news...a great story about a neat event...a review of a favorite band or album...or some aspect of blues history you find fascinating,  here's your opportunity! Drop me a note and let me know what you want to share. (Sandy's E-mail)

If you don't feel you want the "full" responsibility then send me a link to something you feel readers would enjoy reading in the newsletter and I will put an article together for you.  Please do remember that OBS reserves the right to edit articles for space. So, hit me up!
Email me anytime at:
~Sandy McCann
Giving Community Partners a Hand
How did Ozark Blues Society end up with a huge bundle of bath towels and wash cloths?  John Lee Hooker Jr. requested them at our blues festival a few years ago and they were never used.  Our board decided they should be donated and voted to give them to Saving Grace in Rogers.  Cherri Rodriguez, their spokesperson, explained that  “Saving Grace provides transitional housing for young women who are aging out of the foster care system or who have been orphaned by their critical supports. We are a privately funded, faith based ministry, with a big focus on mentorship, education, and life skills training. Our main objective is to equip these young women with the relationships, skills and resources that they often lack, so that they can break the cycle of poverty (and reliance on government programs) in their families.”   (Along with the towels we donated Ozark Blues Society T shirts. )
   Our primary mission is about promoting blues.  Our board members also are involved with many other projects and organizations focused on supporting and improving North West Arkansas.   
   If you are a member of our society Thank You for your support !  If not, please consider joining us by going to !  You will find all of our membership benefits on the web site.

Picture – Bill Baird, OBS President, presenting towels and shirts to LaDonna Shub,volunteer at saving Grace.
CD Release Party
Buddy Shute and the Motivators are hosting a CD release party on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  Please join them at Bear's Place in Fayetteville next Saturday from 6-9 to help them celebrate.
Flying Signs
Gospel Brunch

Benefit for 7Hills Shelter
Join your favorite local blues and gospel artists for not only some great music, but also a chance to support local homeless in our community. Flying Signs Gospel Brunch benefiting 7 Hills Homeless shelter of Northwest Arkansas is being presented by Ozark Mountain Records. Read on for all the info.
When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Where: George's Majestic Lounge 1-3 pm
Music by The Flying Signs which inludes: Isayah Warford, Brick Fields, John Davies and Diane Rudolph with special guest, singer/ songwriter/ speaker  "SOME GUY NAMED ROBB" 
Brunch: George's will be serving Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's.Suzie's Nibbles will be serving brunch. (menu to be announced)
$5 suggested Donations at the door
For reserved tables, call: (479) 527-6618
Blues Foundation announces
Rule Changes
for Local Blues Challenges
In the last ten years, the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge, held every year near the end of January, has grown exponentially.  The Foundation has made many changes in rule structure to accommodate this growth. Some of the past rule adjustments have been added to limit the number of times an act may participate (after all, the event is designed to help discover new talent,) and to require acts to participate in a local/regional pre-IBC competition.  For the 2017 pre-IBC competition cycle a very important rule addition has been made.  
Each act wishing to compete MUST enter the local/regional affiliate sponsored competition GEOGRAPHICALLY CLOSEST to their listed home location FIRST before they may enter other regional contests. Failure to follow this rule puts acts at risk being disqualified. Once an act competes in the closest competition, if they don't win, they may enter up to two additional competitions WITHIN a 250 MILE RADIUS. 
Acts considering entering local/regional blues challenges leading up to the 2018 International Blues Challenge are encouraged to contact their LOCAL Blues Foundation Affiliates with any questions. 
Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas (please use our official Bentonville address for reference) will hold their 2017 local Blues Challenge in late October.
There are a number of related minor rule changes. Please visit our website for a chance to review the complete document.

For information about the rule changes and/or about Ozark Blues Society's 2017 competition, please contact OBS Board President Bill Baird

The Blues
Music Awards

The Blues Foundation in Memphis presents...
The 38th Blues Music Awards

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017
Memphis Cook Convention Center
5:30pm: Party
7:00pm: Seated Dinner, Nominee Performances, and Awards
$150 per person / Tables of 10 for $1,500

And don't miss out on the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony!

Halloran Centre for Performing Arts - Memphis, TN
5:30pm: Cocktail reception
6:30pm: Induction Ceremony
$100 per person

Music Calendar 
4/14- 4/22
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.

  • Brick Fields and Brad James for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Los Lobos at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
  • The Blacklisted at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Latin Dance Night a Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Justin Kauflin Trio at the Starr Theater/WAC in Fayetteville
  • Route 358 at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Mary Heather and the Sinners at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Matt and Bryan at Blu Fish House in Bentonville
  • Candy Lee and Melody Pond at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista

  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Bears Place in Fayetteville
  • Marcia Ball at the Starr Theater/WAC in Fayetteville
  • Leah and the Mojo Doctors and Full House for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Dr. NOLA and the Soul Shakers at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Voxana at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Choir, Choir, Choir at Walmart Museum Roof in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators CD release at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
  • Junction 80 at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Eric Mathews at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
Mark Your Calendar
  • 4/27 The Power of Music Festival at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 4/28 Cas Haley at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 5/7 Flying Signs Gospel Brunch/Benefit at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • 5/13 Lucious Spiller Band at The Founders Room in Alma
In this issue:  4/14/2017
Hatching Eggs
Giving Community Partners a Hand
CD Release Party
Flying Signs Gospel Brunch Benefit for 7Hills Shelter
Blues Foundation announces Rule Changes for Local Blues Challenges
The Blues Music Awards
Music Calendar 4/14- 4/22
On this day in Blues History April 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
 April 14

Today’s show features music performed by Pink Anderson, Fats Domino, and Huey Piano Smith
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
"Everybody started calling my music rock and roll, but it wasn't anything but the same rhythm and blues I'd been playing down in New Orleans."

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:
 Fats Domino
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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