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Moving Toward Memphis!
A Message from the President of Ozark Blues Society of NWA:
Dear Treasured, Valued Members of OBS,
On behalf of the entire Board of Directors for Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas, I'm sending our thanks for your continued support, and our best wishes for your personal success and happiness in the New Year.
We have many gleams in our eyes for blues projects this year, so please be sure to open all your email newsletters and read all about upcoming events. We will be seeking your support, attendance, and volunteerism in 2019, and we know we can count on you!
Our first event of the year is the Bound for Beale IBC Fundraiser. It features performances by our winning Blues Challenge artists and will be held on January 19th at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. This year's event also features a CD Release performance by last year's Blues Challenge winning band, The Downtown Livewires.
Details are here, and we still have plenty of table-seat reservations available.
Again, all the best to you in 2019. Now...let's PARTY!
Following the holidays there is always a bit of a dip in the live music calendar. Still plenty to enjoy if you are inclined to go out so don't forget to scroll down and check it out so you don't miss all the fun!

And always remember, this is YOUR newsletter! Please send feedback or suggestions our way. You can reach me by email at the address below. We LOVE our readers and want to see
your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
Please Help Us Thank Our
Bound For Beale
Corporate Supporters
On behalf of all our members, we wish to thank our sponsors who support our events throughout the year. We encourage our members to support our sponsors in kind, by purchasing their products and spreading the word about their generosity in Keeping The Blues Alive. We wish our sponsors every success in the New Year!
This year we once again wish to thank our corporate sponsor, The Clorox Company. Their ongoing support of Ozark Blues Society events and the blues genre' itself  helps Keep the Blues Alive!

We would also like to thank this year's supporters who have purchased sponsor tables at our fundraiser. Please join us in thanking TeleComp, Fineberg & Associates, Schuyler Schwarting, and Brand Storm.
Tickets Available!
Ozark Blues Society
Bound For Beale
IBC Fundraiser
Mark your calendars for our annual
IBC Fundraiser. It will be held on
Saturday, January 19 at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville.
If you didn't get to catch the winner's
sets at the Blues Challenge, the fundraiser will give you another chance! We will feature both Tony Redman, our solo/duo winner as well as our band winner,
Vox Squadron. The band winner of our 2017 Blues Challenge, The Downtown Livewires, will also perform. Tickets will be on sale soon with a general admission price of $20. A limited number of reserved seats will be available for $25. Advance purchase sponsor tables (10 seats) are available for $400.  Please email Liz Lottmann for more information on sponsor table availability of if your organization would like to contribute an item/service for our silent auction. Please visit our website
 to access the link for ticket sales. Read on below for more information and bios of our winners.
This year's solo/duo winner for the second year in a row, was Tony Redman. Tony shook the rafters at his venue in Memphis at the 2018 IBC and we look for him to give the 2019 IBC crowd a strong dose of his unique heartfelt blues.

Tony Redman Bio: " Tony Redman is a blues guitarist/vocalist, living in Fayetteville Arkansas. Redman’s repertoire contains a mix of originals, and classic songs steeped heavily in delta blues. With a high energy live set, Tony Redman has proven to be one of the most expressive vocalists, and powerful slide guitarists in the blues scene today!"
Our band winner this year is Vox Squadron from Tahlequah, OK. This band competed in our 2016 Blues Challenge and returned this year for another try....for them, the second time was the charm. They will take their heavy hitting rock oriented blues to Memphis for the 2019 International Blues Challenge in January.

Vox Squadron Bio: "The Vox Squadron, formed in Tahlequah, OK in 2014, reflects a common love of electric and psychedelic blues. Members Jack Myers (guitar, vocals), Richard Wood (bass), and Aaron Lee (keys) were high school classmates in the 90’s. Jacob Martin (drums) was a welcome addition in 2017. In his spare time between raising 4 children and a busy surgical practice, Myers writes and arranges songs reflecting his youthful idols,
Jimi Hendrix and Ian Moore. Richard and Aaron are multi-instrumentalists in several bands in their locale. Jacob is a jazz scholar at Northeastern State University."
Music Calendar 
1/04 - 1/12
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.

  • The Bel Airs for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • The Hydramatics at Lefty's on Greenwood in Tulsa
  • Groovement at the Meteor Guitar Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • House of Song Songwriters Showcase at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Earl and Them at Chelsea's in Eureka Springs
  • Gospel Brunch with Brick Fields at Hoppin' John's in Fayetteville
  • Picking Circle-Monday! at the Bentonville Pub in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Vince Turner at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Gary Hutchison at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Roby Pantall Jazz Duo at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Ultra Suede for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 1/16 Ozark Regional Songwriters Association Showcase at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 1/19 Ozark Blues Society "Bound for Beale" Fundraiser at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 2/9 "Testify" Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 2/15 KALO with The Downtown Livewires at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
In this issue:  1/04/2019
Moving Toward Memphis!
Please Help Us Thank Our Bound For Beale Corporate Supporters
Tickets Available!Ozark Blues Society Bound For BealeIBC Fundraiser
Music Calendar 1/04 - 1/12
On this day in Blues History January 4
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
 January 4

 Today’s show features music performed by Jelly Roll Morton and Clarence Carter.

This Week's Quote
"I do not claim any of the creation of the blues, although I have written many of them even before Mr Handy had any blues published. I heard them when I was knee-high to a duck.”

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
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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