To say there is a "challenge on the horizon" may seem like a scary thing, however in this case it is a good thing! Though eleven weeks seems like a long time, it feels like our Blues Challenge is sooner rather than later as the OBS Board kicks into planning gear. Details to finalize registration will be the main topic of our upcoming board meeting so we should be able to open registration very soon. Please watch this newsletter and our website for updated information. Those with questions prior to registration may email Liz Lottmann for help. Read on below
for more information and a poster
you can share.
As noted last week, Blues Music Award submissions are open at the Blues Foundation's website. Read on below for all the details on BMA's. The information on an opportunity to participate in a raffle
the Kansas City Blues Society is
holding to win tickets for a Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise is once again found below as well.
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Ozark Blues Society
Mark your calendar!
The date has been set for the
2019 Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge. It will be held Friday, October 25th at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville.
Please spread the word to musicians you may know who might consider entering. Information and registration will be available soon. Winning a local challenge is the first step to earning a coveted spot at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
For information prior to registration, please email Liz Lottmann
Blues Music Awards
Submissions Now Open
Shared from the Blues Foundation
You may now formally submit your album for consideration via our online service.
Your complete album music must be uploaded as a WAV file with album artwork uploaded as a JPEG or PDF file. If you need assistance with uploading your music, album artwork, and/or liner notes, please contact Joe Whitmer at email@example.com.
Submission fees and deadlines:
The submission process officially closes on October 15, 2019. You must upload your music and artwork and complete payment for your submission transaction no later than OCTOBER 15TH to be considered for a Blues Music Award nomination. CATEGORY SELECTION
- August 1 – August 31, 2019 - $155 per submission
- September 1 – September 30, 2019 - $180 per submission
- October 1 – October 15, 2019 - $225 per submission
As you prepare to submit your music, please also be ready to choose the category in which you feel your music best falls. These choices include Acoustic Blues, Blues Rock, Contemporary Blues, Soul Blues, and Traditional Blues. If you feel that your recording represents your work as an emerging blues artist, you may also choose that category for consideration. Please note: for your album to be considered for Best Emerging Artist Album, you may have no more than two previous album releases prior to the album you wish to submit. With each full album recording submission, you will be required to include one song from that album for consideration as Song of the Year. In addition, please be prepared to list the names of all contributing musicians for consideration in BMA instrumentalist categories. All music will be screened ahead of ballots going to our nominators to ensure that your music does indeed fall into the category that you have chosen and that at least 51% of your recording constitutes blues music. The Blues Foundation reserves the right to move your music into a different category based upon our definitions, as follows:
Acoustic Blues Album: That album released during the eligibility period that best represents acoustic blues, in which non-electric/amplified instruments are prominently featured on at least 75% of the tracks.
Blues Rock Album: That album released to the public during the eligibility period with a majority of songs that best portrays the Rock Blues genre, that hybrid that combines elements of blues with elements of rock, generally employing heavy amplification and driving rhythms, and which may employ non-traditional blues song structures.
Contemporary Blues Album: That album released to the public during the eligibility period that best portrays Blues in which elements other than those traditionally found in Blues are part of the mix, e.g., different rhythms, different harmonies, more elaborate production values, etc. and which may offer a different approach to sounds, lyrics, instrumentation, arrangements, etc.
Soul Blues Album: That album released to the public during the eligibility period that best portrays Southern soul blues, a type of soul music that emerged from the Southern United States. The music originates from a combination of styles including blues (both 12 bar and jump) with a strong gospel influence.
Traditional Blues Album: That album released to the public during the eligibility period with a majority of songs that best portrays traditional electric blues employing traditional blues song structures, harmonic structures and rhythms, and which may also employ instruments such as electric guitar, piano, organ, amplified harmonica, electric bass, and drums. This category includes subgenres such as jump/swing blues and Chicago blues.
Kansas City Blues Society
2020 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise
The Kansas City Blues Society (KCBS) is selling cruise raffle tickets to Roger Naber’s Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, which sets sail January 19-26, 2020, from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, and Honduras on Holland America’s ms Niew Statendam!! This cruise is sold out and there’s a waiting list of over 200.
Cruise raffle tickets are $20/ticket and only 500 have been printed. The winning ticket includes a cabin for 2 people with a value of $4300. (The winning ticket does not include transportation to Ft. Lauderdale). You may purchase tickets at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at: Kansas City Blues Society, P.O. Box 32396, Kansas City, MO 64171.
The winning ticket will be drawn at the Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Show & Dance, November 28, 2019.
For questions or additional information, please call Betty Berry at (816) 436-7342 or email at email@example.com.
ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE KANSAS CITY BLUES SOCIETY.
8/09 - 8/17
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 Dawn Cate Band for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
- Buddy Shute and the Motivators Trio at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
- Milas Trills for Summer Family Fun at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
- Retro Pill Launch Party (includes live music) at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo for Live on the Patio at Bike Rack Brewery in Bentonville
- Tater, Mater, and Squarsh at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
- The Candid at The Nines in Bentonville
- Isayah Warford at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat in Fayetteville
- Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Moranos in Fayetteville
- LIVE and Bush at The AMP in Rogers
- Live at the Five and Dime in Downtown Bentonville
- Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
- Thomas Rhett at the AMP in Rogers
- Aricka Lews and The Honey Collective for Notes at Night at Yeyo's El Alma de Mexico in Bentonville
- Rock and Splash at Lawrence Plaza in Bentonville
- Honeyjack and Goodluck Slim for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
- Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson in Fayetteville
- Ocie Fisher at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
- Patient Eyes and 40 Open at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- Roger Thomas at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
- Route 358 at Pedalers Pub in Bentonville
- Keith Nicholson Trio at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
- Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Moranos in Fayetteville
- Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
- Hollywood Riot at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- Chasing Pictures for Live on the Patio at Bike Rack Brewery in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar
- 8/23 Mavis Staples for Root Fest in Fayetteville
- 8/23 Juan De Hoyes at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- 8/24 Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi for Root Fest in Fayetteville
- 8/26 Byrne and Kelly at Sunrise Guitars in Fayetteville
- 8/31 Hunkr Down at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- 8/31 Brad James Band at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
- 10/12 Evening of Jazz with Michael Fields at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville
- 10/25 Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
On this day
in Blues History
Today’s show features music performed by Lena Wilson and California Ramblers
"I wish you wouldn't make the strings such an important part of your arrangements because frankly they're only a tax dodge!"
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