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Almost Half...
Seems like "half" is the word for the week. With football season, "halftime" is an important and fun word. Also this weekend we hit the halfway mark for the month of September. That means we are less than two weeks away from Bikes, Blues and BBQ! This week we are also about halfway through the registration for Ozark Blues Society's 2019 Blues Challenge. Registrations have starting coming in, so it's a great time for local artists who might want to take a crack at the challenge to jump in and sign up. Anyone have anything else hitting the halfway mark in your neck of the woods? Seems like kind of an interesting way to look at things, lol! 
Don't forget to check out the performance of the Terry Quiett Band at the Meteor Guitar Gallery on Saturday. Read on below for more information about the band and how to claim discount tickets!

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~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
This Saturday!
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. 
3rd Annual Branson Blues Brews
and Barbecue
Branson Landing is holding its 3rd Annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue event this Saturday, September 14, 2019. This popular event has fun things to do for all ages from face painting to a Budweiser beer garden. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks, which is celebrating 25 years of service to
the Branson area.

If you find yourself in the Branson area on Saturday, join us for a
bluesy good time – you’ll definitely get
your fill of delicious barbecue and exceptional music!  The fun kicks off at 5pm and keeps going until 10 o’clock. 
Deadline Approaching!
2019 International Songwriting Competition

Shared from ISC:


Judges include:
Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Tom Waits, Kevin Gates, Cam, Bastille, The Script,
Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Fleet Foxes, Gloria Trevi, Tanya Tucker, Lukas Nelson,
Irma Thomas, Danilo Perez, and Many More


September 9, 2019 – ISC's main objective is to provide an outlet and platform for artists and songwriters to achieve their goals and further their careers. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters and offers them the unique opportunity to have their music heard by the decision-makers in the music industry, including iconic celebrity artists and high-profile industry executives.
Winning ISC can help established artists to acquire better gigs, get more press and exposure, license music for film or tv, gain more fans, or even get a publishing or record deal. For artists just starting out, it can help to jump start a career.
How does ISC do this? By creating the best songwriting competition there that has the best judges, the most prizes, and the global prestige and benefits that winning ISC produces. ISC gives away more than $150,000 (US) in cash and prizes, shared by 71 winners in 23 music genres.
Recording artists such as Vance Joy, Bastille, The Band Perry, Passenger, Illenium, Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, Gregory Porter, For King and Country, Lindsey Stirling, and many more have seen the value of entering ISC. As entrants and winners in ISC, they have all gone on to hugely successful careers.
In addition to the celebrity judges, the panel also includes a Who's Who of high-profile, influential record label executives. Included are Sylvia Rhone (Chairwoman/CEO, Epic Records), Avery Lipman (Founder/President, Republic Records), Mike Easterlin (Co-President, Elektra Music Group), and many A&R reps whose job it is to find great artists and songs. The record labels represented on ISC's panel include: Republic, Epic, Parlophone, Elektra, Capitol, Glassnote, Concord, Alligator, Atlantic, Wind-Up, Black River, New West, Warner, Word, Third Man, and more. Go to for a complete list of ISC judges.
This is an unprecedented opportunity for an artist's music to be heard by the elite of the music industry. For more information and to enter your original songs, go to
Music Calendar 
9/13 - 9/21
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.

  • Nace Brothers for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Richard Burnett at After 5 Bar in Rogers
  •  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
  • The Pressure Kids with Suite 25 for Backyard House Sessions at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson Trio at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Dirrty Blu with Drawing Blanks at The Majestic in Fort Smith
  • Motivator Trio at Jamin' Java in Fayetteville (am)
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Morano's in Fayetteville
  • Conga Keyz Jazz Duo at Sassafras Vineyard in Springdale
  • 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
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at the Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
  • Blues, Brews and Barbecue at Branson Landing in Branson
  • Lara Downes Piano Workshop at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville

  • Jay Shepherd Group for NWA Jazz Showcase at West and Watson in Fayetteville
  • Wild Harbors at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat
  • Vince Turner at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Lyrique Quintette for Live at the Five and Dime in Downtown Bentonville
  • Roby Pantall Jazz Quartet for NWA Jazz Night at US Pizza in Fayetteville
  • Brother and The Hayes with Jesse Dean at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Jenna and Friends at Pedaler's Pub in Bentonville
  • Olivia Ballard with Colton Cappetta for Notes at Night at Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Earl and Them for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Keith Nicholson Trio at Kingfish Bar in Fayetteville
  • Area 51 Rock and Roll Show at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Benjamin Del Shreeve at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute Trio at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Roger Thomas at Blu Fresh Fish Market in Bentonville
  • Blues City Limits at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Jonn Dooly at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • The Downtown Livewires for World Championship Squirrel Cook Off in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 9/25 - 9/28 Bikes Blues and BBQ in Fayetteville
  • 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:  9/13/2019
Almost Half...
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!Ozark Blues Society2019 Blues Challenge
This Saturday!Terry Quiett Band at the Meteor Guitar Gallery
3rd Annual Branson Blues Brews and Barbecue
Deadline Approaching!2019 International Songwriting Competition
Music Calendar 9/13 - 9/21
On this day in Blues History September 13
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 13

Today’s show features music performed by Billie Holiday and T-Bone Walker
This Week's Quote
"No two people on earth are alike,
and it's got to be that way in music or it
isn't music."

Billie Holliday
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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