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Summer melts into Fall
 The unofficial end to summer has passed and I am seeing a slight slowing in the number of outdoor music activities....but don't let that stop you! There are some great opportunities to experience a wide range of music at venues all around Northwest Arkansas. Music is such an empowering experience. Here's to
hoping you find your own strength
through local, live music.
I had a question this week about the submission timetable for artists wanting to be included in our weekly calendar.
Please remember if your gigs are listed
on some of the most common community calendars, I likely have you covered. Often, however, the Fayetteville Free Weekly updates after our newsletter goes out, so if you post there exclusively and want to be sure to have your gigs included here, please email me directly at the address below. You may submit events
for the upcoming week starting with
the Saturday after the current newsletter
is published. Events may be submitted
by any member and should be blues music related. We DO share information on live music that is not blues related for our partner venues.
The performance of the Terry Quiett Band at the Meteor Guitar Gallery on
September 14th is just over a week
away and once again this week we are highlighting the offer from Voodoo Music that will allows readers of this newsletter to receive a discount when they purchase advance tickets. Check out the video as you read on below to find out how to
claim your discount!

Also of note, registration for the Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge is
now open! Check out the info in
the article below or visit our website
for more information.
Feel I am missing an event? Just click
the link below to email Sandy.  
  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
Ozark Blues Society
2019 Blues Challenge
It's time to enter! Registration is open until October 11, 2019 for bands and solo/duo artists who want to compete for a spot in the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January. As an affiliate of the Blues Foundation, the Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge will be held Friday, October 25th at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville. One band and one solo/duo act will be selected to represent Northwest Arkansas.


Please spread the word to musicians you may know who might consider entering. Information and registration are available on our website at
Ticket Discount!
Terry Quiett Band
at the Meteor Guitar Gallery
Are you still debating jumping in on the discount offer below? Well check out
to let the Terry Quiett Band help you get your mojo working so you can decide!
Ryan Baker of Voodoo Music Entertainment has an offer for our readers! Voodoo Music is offering a discount to readers of this newsletter when they purchase advance tickets for the September 14th Terry Quiett Band show at the Meteor Guitar Gallery. Click the following link
to tickets and enter the discount
You will be able to purchase your advance tickets for $8.00!
 For 15 years the Terry Quiett Band had become a mainstay across America's Heartland. From 6th street in the windy city of Chicago...through the mountains of Colorado...across the deserts of Arizona...jamming down on Beale Street
in Memphis...wherever they went the band
has won over young and old with their
energetic and soulful sound.
  Along the way they forged a relationship with
a 13-time Grammy-winning producer by the name of Jim Gaines. Jim is a veteran of the blues industry revered for his work with
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana,
Steve Miller Band, George Thorogood,
Luther Allison, Albert Collins and many more.  
  Terry and Jim worked on 3 albums together and in those sessions really crafted the bands sound. It is a blues rockin style of music but, it's not like any other and it has a distinct sound that you will never forget. On the road they were growing fans and sharing the stage with rock and blues legends including Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, B.B King, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Robert Randolph, Bernard Allison, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, .38 Special and Los Lonely Boys. 
Winners Announced
Unsigned Only Music Competition
South African Artist Anna Wolf Wins Prestigious Grand Prize
in 2019 Unsigned Only Music Competition
Garth Hudson (The Band), Taj Mahal, Aimee Mann, O.A.R., Sanctus Real, Bow Wow, Boney James, Ruthie Foster, and Robert Smith (The Cure) Among Judges
September 4, 2019 - -The Unsigned Only Music Competition is pleased to announce its 2019 winners. Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label and gives artists exposure, recognition, and validation for their artistry. 
A total of $150,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to 38 winners, including an overall Grand Prize winner and a First and Second Place winner in each category. An additional group of Honorable Mentions were also selected. Over the years Unsigned Only has become an important source for discovering new talent. Since its inception in 2012, five Grand Prize winners have been signed to record labels.
For the first time in Unsigned Only’s history, the 2019 Grand Prize is awarded to a South African artist, Anna Wolf, for the song “Believer.” Wolf beat out almost 6,000 entries from more than 100 countries to be named the Grand Prize winner. Wolf is truly a compelling and rare artist – a hypnotic performer with passion and style, a singer with hauntingly beautiful vocals, and a songwriter with depth and vulnerability. The winning song, “Believer,” is a powerful track, inspired by Wolf’s desire to break the silence about domestic violence and serves as a personal refusal to become the victim of her circumstance.
"I feel such gratitude for this honour,” said Anna Wolf. “The message of ‘Believer” is burnt into every fibre of my being: to let go of expectations, to face my own vulnerabilities and to always keep faith that tomorrow will be the day I get to share my music with the world.
Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Wolf (formerly known as Tailor) has had a celebrated career, amassing hit singles, sold-out shows, South African Music Awards nominations, and a legion of dedicated fans. In 2018, she moved to London, where one night she took her guitar to the bathtub and recorded herself performing “Believer” on her cell phone by stomping her feet against the tub. She sent the demo to producer Pete Boxta Martin, (Missy Elliot, Jessie J, Sugababes), who ended up recording the song. You can still hear some of the noise from the bathtub in the final mix. Apple Music selected the song for four playlists (including Best of the Week, Future Hits, Jump Start and The A-list Alternative) and gave the music video a worldwide release as an exclusive premiere on their platform. More recently, Wolf has released the follow-up single, “Silence,” to acclaimed reviews, dedicating the song to her fans she calls “wolves.”
“Anna Wolf is such a phenomenal artist,” said UO founders, Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. “She has so much passion and authenticity, and she needs to be heard. She is an artist who is not afraid to tackle difficult issues and make you feel emotion, and she is one of the most magnetic and inspiring artists we have ever come across.” 
In addition to winning $20,000 in cash (US) and $40,000 (US) in merchandise and services, Wolf also receives one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper-echelon music industry executives, including: Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R, Atlantic Records); Nick Haussling (Senior VP of A&R, Warner Records); Liz Cohen (A&R, RCA Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment / A&R, Lava Records); David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Brinson Strickland (President, Collective Artist Management); and Kristyn Ciani (Talent Buyer, C3 Presents).
Unsigned Only is sponsored by Celebrity Access; Eventric; Hybrid Studios; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Musicians Institute; Musician Wellness; Pro Tour Nutrition; Radio Airplay; Shubb Capos; Symphonic Distribution; The Music Business Registry; and Vocal Eze.
Unsigned Only is now accepting entries for the 2020 competition. More information can be found at:
To hear the winning songs, download low-res photos, and view the complete list of winners, go to:
For high-res photos, please contact Candace Avery at
To view the list of Honorable Mentions, please go to: 
Music Calendar 
9/06 - 9/14
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.

  • Full House for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Breaking Benjamin at the AMP in Rogers
  • Will Brand at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields (acoustic) at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Arnold Layne at Bentonville History Museum in Bentonville
  • The Hydramatics at Lefty's on Greenwood in Tulsa
  • Roger Thomas at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Lost Bridge Trio at Blu Fish Market in Bentonville
  • Randy Soller at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • House of Songs Songwriter Summit Showcase at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Maze featuring Frankie Beverly At the AMP in Rogers

  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Matt Smith at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayettevile
  • UA Jazz Jam: Jake Hertzog Trio at Fenix Gallery in Fayetteville
  • Live at the Five and Dime in Downtown Bentonville
  • Nace Brothers for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  •  Jay Yates at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Tater, Mater, and Squarsh at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Shaw Revolver at The Nines in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson Trio at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Motivator Trio at Jamin' Java in Fayetteville (am)
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Morano's in Fayetteville
  • Terry Quiett Band at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Take Cover at Pedaler's Pub in Bentonville
  • Fett's Folly at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 9/20 Area 51 Rock and Roll Show at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 10/12 Evening of Jazz with Michael Fields at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville
  • 10/12 Shaw Davis and the Black Ties at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 10/18 Chuck Rhodes at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 10/25 Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 10/26 Hi-Lux at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
In this issue:  9/6/2019
Summer melts into Fall
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!Ozark Blues Society2019 Blues Challenge
Ticket Discount!Terry Quiett Band at the Meteor Guitar Gallery
Winners AnnouncedUnsigned Only Music Competition
Music Calendar 9/06 - 9/14
On this day in Blues History September 6
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
 September 6

Today’s show features music performed by Louis Armstrong and Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
This Week's Quote
"There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them."

Louis Armstrong
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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