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Exciting Times
Wow, it's August already! As a board member of Ozark Blues Society and
one of the coordinators of our fall
regional blues challenge and best self produced CD competitions, I do believe
I am about to get busy, lol!
Interested? Please read on below for information about our competitions in October. Additional information should be available soon on our website as well. Also below you will find an article with information about how blues artists can enter their music for consideration for a 2019 Blues Music Award. This award is the highest achievement for a blues artist!
Some great opportunities again this
week on the calendar for those who want to hear blues while supporting local
artists and venues.
As always, this newsletter would be better with YOUR input! Thoughts and ideas....articles you want to share? As always,you can email me anytime at the address below. We LOVE our readers and want to see
your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
Mark Your Calendar
Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge
Best Self Produced CD
Registration is set to open September 12th for Ozark Blues Society's 2018 Blues Challenge. This regional competition is the first step for blues artists wishing to enter the 2019 International Blues Challenge. Our competition is open to blues bands and solo/duo artists eligible to enter the 2019 International Blues Challenge (visit or email Sandy to confirm your eligibility.) Competitors must reside within 250 miles of Bentonville. Winning acts will be sponsored by OBS. Watch our website for soon to be posted additional information on registration and prizes.
Also opening in September are submissions for the OBS Best Self Produced CD competition. The winner
of our regional contest will be announced on October 26th at our Blues Challenge. The winning CD will also be entered in the Blues Foundation's 2019 Best Self Produced CD competition that coincides with the International Blues Challenge each year. Again, watch our website for soon to be posted information on
how to enter.
Not a competitor? Our annual challenge
is also a great chance for blues lovers
to catch sets from many of the extraordinary blues bands in our region....all in one night!
So, mark your calendar for
Friday October 26, 2018.
It will be a night you don't want to miss!
Do You Have What It Takes?
2019 Blues Music Awards
This week the reminder for Blues Music Award (BMA) deadlines arrived in inboxes. This year the Blues Foundation has moved to a digital submission process this year for those wanting to have their music considered. Are you ready to submit? Read on for the information and links to the Blues Foundation BMAs page.
All Blues Musicians are invited to submit their recordings for consideration.
Music released between
November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018 is eligible for consideration for
a 2019 Blues Music Award.
This year, The Blues Foundation has moved to a digital platform for recording submissions. Your complete album music must be uploaded as MP3 files that are 320 Kbps (kilobytes per second) with album artwork uploaded as either JPEG or PDF files. We will no longer accept hard copy CDs for the purposes of BMA submission review. If you need assistance with uploading your music, Joe Whitmer at will be available to help you and walk you through the process. We do not want this change to hinder your ability to share your music with the nominators. There is still a fee for submission and our related fee structure and deadlines are as follows:
  • August 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018 - $155 per submission
  • September 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018 - $180 per submission
  • October 1- October 24, 2018 - $225 per submission
The submission process officially closes on October 24, 2018. You must upload your music and artwork and complete payment for your submission transaction no later than OCTOBER 24TH to be considered for a Blues Music Award.
For more information, check out for all thing BMA related.
Are you ready to enter?

Click HERE: BMA SUBMISSION for the link to the Blues Foundation submission page.
Music Calendar 
8/03 - 8/11
Please enjoy the following listings comprised of bands, venues, and/or organizations that support Ozark Blues Society. Always check with individual venues for event details and schedule changes.

  • Ultra Suede and Flashback for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Divas on Fire for First Friday in Bentonville
  • Route 358 at the 21c in Bentonville
  • The Hydramatics at Lefty's on Greenwood in Tulsa
  • Dr NOLA and the Soulshakers at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson in Fayetteville
  • Keith Sykes at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville
  • Big Dam Horns at Smoke and Barrel in Fayetteville
  • Steve Dimmit at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Will Gunselman at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Island Party with the Irie Lions for Forest Concert Series at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Kirk Brown Band at Redings Mill in Joplin
  • Buddy Shute and Mark Bokun at Low Gap Cafe in Ponca
  • Gospel Brunch with Brick Fields at Hoppin' John's in Fayetteville
  • Picking Circle-Monday! at the Bentonville Pub in Bentonville
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Scott Leeper at Stage 18 in Fayetteville
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat in Fayetteville
  • Brave Soul and The Odds for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • G-Eazy at the AMP in Rogers
  • Groovement at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • 1 oz Jig for Forest Concert Series at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Time Burners at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 8/31 Hadden Sayers at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 9/7 Daniel Champagne at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville
  • 9/21 Laurence Juber at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville
  • 10/7 Pinetop Homecoming at Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale MS
In this issue:  8/03/2018
Exciting Times
Mark Your CalendarOzark Blues Society Blues Challengeand Best Self Produced CDCompetitions
Do You Have What It Takes?2019 Blues Music Awards
Music Calendar 8/03 - 8/11
On this day in Blues History August 3
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
 August 3

Today’s show features music performed by
Will Batts and
Albert King
This Week's Quote
"My idea of heaven
is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues."
 Mark Knopfler
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
Block Street Records
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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