Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines
Today's headline is not just a cute *sigh* about how life looks for many of us on a regular basis. Nope! This week we literally have three imminent deadlines highlighted below. The first one is for submission to the Ozark Blues Society Best Self Produced CD competition. The submission period officially ends at midnight Saturday. Check out the article below for all the details. The second deadline is the registration for our local Blues Challenge. The registration is open until midnight on Saturday, October 14. Please read on below for more details and visit our website at www.ozarkbluessociety.org to register. The third deadline falls on October 24th when the Blues Foundation closes it's submission process for the premier Blues Music Awards. Once
again check out the article below for information and links. Please complete your sign up and/or help get the
word out if you know someone who
might be interested.
This week's newsletter is once again carrying the article on the loss of
Arkansas blues legend CeDell Davis
in case you missed it as well as articles
on last night's Blues in the Schools event and the link for Blues Challenge ticket sales. LOTS of news!
And of course, don't forget to keep up
on great local and regional music events by way of our weekly calendar below.
As always you can always drop me a
note and let me know of upcoming shows and events as well as ideas of what you would like to see in this Newsletter.
Email me anytime at:
Submission Period Ends Tomorrow!
International Blues Challenge
Best Self-Produced CD Competition
Please email Sandy McCann immediately if you would like to submit before the Saturday deadline!
Ozark Blues Society would like to announce our competition for Best Self-Produced CD. Deadline for OBS to receive your entry in October 7, 2017. Winner of our regional competition will be announced at our Blues Challenge. The winning artist will be awarded a $25 cash prize by OBS and their CD will be submitted to the Blues Foundation's 2018 BSPCD competition. Please read on for more information and...
Visit our website
for complete rules and entry information.
In 2005, The Blues Foundation established an award for the Best Self-Produced CD, given out at the International Blues Challenge, as part of their mission to celebrate blues recording and to ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Unlike their celebration of blues recordings and performances at the Blues Music Awards, or their recognition of up-and-coming musician performance via The International Blues Challenge, this award
was created to recognize excellence in
independent Blues recordings.
This competition requires entry through a Blues Foundation Affiliate who may submit only one entry. Participation in the International Blues Challenge is not required. Qualifying CDs must have been released between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017 and may not include compilations (please note earlier submission date for OBS.) A performer who has previously been nominated or a CD or a label that has been previously nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition.
Registration Closes October 14
Ozark Blues Society
This regional competition is run under the umbrella of our affiliate status with the Blues Foundation. OBS uses the same format and scoring used at the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis in January. If you are a blues band or a solo or duo blues act living within 250 miles of Bentonville Arkansas and would like to compete in the IBC in January, this regional contest is a first step to make that happen. Only winners from the various regional competitions may go on to the semi-finals in Memphis.
Read on below or visit our website for all the information
The 2017 Ozark Blues Society
Blues Challenge will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville, Arkansas. This regional competition is designed to be a preliminary round for bands and solo/duo artists wishing to compete in the January 2018 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis by the Blues Foundation. The regional competitions are held by blues societies affiliated with the foundation and are open to all blues acts within a 250 mile radius of each affiliate.
Tickets NOW on sale!
Take advantage of discounts on advanced ticket purchases. $10 in advance/$12 at the door. Also limited VIP table seting tickets are available for $15 each. Visit Meteor Guitar Gallery Ticket Sales
to get yours today!
|Once again Ozark Blues Society had the honor of being invited to partner with Owl Creek School for their annual Books, Blues, and BBQ event. We want to thank teacher Shannan Travis for the invite and Principal Brandon Craft for his school's warm welcome! OBS also wishes to thank Jimmy Wayne Garrett and his band, Liberty Bell, for their love of sharing blues with young people and their families! |
We Have Lost Another Arkansas Blues Legend
Just a week before he was scheduled to perform at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena-West Helena, we have lost CeDell Davis at the age of 90 (or 91 if you believe his birth certificate!) He was born June 9, 1927, in Helena, and lived there and and around the upper Mississippi Delta area before moving
to Pine Bluff in the 1960s.
A true blues legend, he overcame many difficulties in life. As a 10-year-old child, he
was afflicted with severe polio, which left his hands unable to make chords on his guitar.
His determination led him to teach himself
how to play using a butter knife as a slide. Years later, Davis was badly injured at a St. Louis tavern when an apparent police raid caused a stampede that left CeDell injured.
He lost function of his legs which basically confined him to a wheelchair. Later in 2005
he had a stroke which left him temporarily unable to play guitar. Here is a LINK to an interesting news piece about CeDell.
Ready to Take it to the Next Level?
Blues Music Awards Submission Process
This month's edition of the Blues Foundation's E-News included a reminder about the ongoing BMA submission process for recorded music. This contest is a level beyond the Best Self-Produced CD competition, however it also is open to all artists. Interested?
Read on for the official Blues Foundation information:
All Blues Musicians are invited to submit their recording(s) for consideration for a 2018 Blues Music Award. Music released between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017 is eligible. The submission process officially closes on October 24, 2017. You do not have to have your CDs already manufactured in order to fill out a submission form to submit your music. However, music must arrive in The Blues Foundation offices within two weeks of submission or of album release, whichever comes first, but no later than October 24, 2017. Music which does not arrive within the appropriate time deadlines, may be subject to increased registration fees.
Link to Registration: Blues Music Award Submission
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.
- Leah and the Mojo Doctors and Flashback for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
- Pinetop Renegades at Foghorns on 15th in Fayetteville
- Vox Squadron at Dickson Street Pub in Fayetteville
- Nate Hancock at Nomads in Fayetteville
- Keith Nicholson at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
- Rachel Fields at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
- Birdtalker at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- Kyle Nachtigal at Two25 in Bentonville
- TJ Scarlett at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
- Jimmy Wayne Garrett and Liberty Bell at The Cathouse in Eureka Springs
- Dr NOLA and the Soulshakers at Kingfish in Fayetteville
- Jer's Itty-Bitty Big Jazz Band at Sassafras Vineyards in Fayetteville
- Jimmy Wayne Garrett and Liberty Bell at Shirley's in Springdale
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone live Concert at the AMP in Rogers
- Roby Pantall Jazz Duo at Ruth Chris in Rogers
- Rick Atha at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
- Hillraisers at Two25 Wine Gallery in Bentonville
- Jimmy Wayne Garrett at 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs
- Reformation: University Symphony Orchestra at Faulkner Performing Arts Center UofA in Fayetteville
- U of A Jazz Jam with Jake Hertzog Trio at Stage 18 in Fayetteville
- Arkansas Beethoven Performance Series at Stella Boyle Concert Hall at U of A in Fayetteville
- Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
- Brickfields Blues Therapy at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
- Frett's Folly at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
- The Cate Brothers for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
- Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
- Toby Pantall Jazz at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
- Tony Alvarez at Two25 in Bentonville
- Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Emma Avenue Bar and Tap in Springdale
- AMP Fest at the AMP in Rogers
- Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
- The Downtown Livewires at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
- Pettis and Pounds at the Meteor Guitar Center in Bentonville
- Caleb Martin at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar
- 10/20 Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley at Founders Room in Alma
- 10/27 Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- 10/28 Eli Cook at Founders Room in Alma
- 11/03 Kip Attaway at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville
- 11/7 Dana Cooper at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville
- 11/11 Hits and Grins at Founders Room in Alma
- 12/7 Trout Fishing in America at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville
In this issue: 10/06/2017
On this day
in Blues History
Today’s show features music performed by Little Walter, B.B. King
& Gladys Knight
"If all I do in my life is soothe someone's spirit with a song , then let me do that and I'm happy."
Blues Education Supporters
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:
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! Ozarkbluessociety.org