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News and More News
It is refreshing to see the growing amount of news about various live music options. Hopefully soon community calendars will be fully filled out with regularly scheduled music events.
For now, continue to keep in touch
with your favorite artists and venues
so you don't miss anything!
New articles this week include
an update on the upcoming OBS youth masterclass workshop, information
on performances in celebration of National Black Music Month, a local guitar lesson open house, and a
fundraiser for a treasured blues
drummer in Hot Springs. Read on
below for more information on these activities and more.

Always remember, this is YOUR newsletter! Please send feedback or suggestions our way. You can reach me by email at the address below. We appreciate our readers and want
to see your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
Music Moves
celebrations honoring National
Black Music Month
Local nonprofit Music Moves is celebrating Black Music Month with performances featuring regional and national talent.  During the month of June, Music Moves will be presenting a combination of free and ticketed events to celebrate the African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s cultural heritage.  Artists from all over the United States will be performing in both virtual and live events during this celebration.
You can find more information about these events and more at the 
THIS Saturday!
Guitar Center Fayetteville
Lesson Open House
Ready to break out of your quiet time alone and learn a new skill? Join your friends at The Guitar Center for a lessons open house this Saturday. If you can't make it this weekend, there will be a second event on Saturday, June 19th too! Come make some noise at this fun event with free lessons from Guitar Center instructors from 1:30-3:00.

For more information, contact Guitar Center's Lesson Specialist, Laura Newell by email.
or by phone: 479-571-2900
New Information
Youth Master Class
Blues Workshop
Announcing: We anticipate being able to have the ability to expand the number of participants in this upcoming event.
If you are a youth under age 21, or an adult (OBS membership required) who meet the skill level required, please contact Tim Treese at 479-586-4184 to let him know about your interest.
The Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas will be sponsoring a master class workshop in the blues for young guitar and harp players on July 29-30, 2021 at the Meteor Guitar Gallery
in Bentonville. The sessions will be
with Akeem Kemp for guitar and
David Berntson for harp. The event will culminate in a concert Friday night,
July 30th at the Meteor.

The workshop will be open to guitar and harp players ages 12-18. This is unusual opportunity for young blues players or those talented young players who want to learn the blues to get instruction from these exceptional blues recording artists. Participants will be sponsored by the Ozark Blues Society, so there will be no cost for participants. To be sponsored,
or just to find out more information,
call Tim Treese at 479-586-4184.
For more about Akeem Kemp Band:
For more about David Berntson:
Hot Springs Readers
 Concert/Jam Benefit
This Sunday
If you are in the Hot Springs area this weekend and want to hear some awesome music while supporting a great cause, please consider coming to Terry Martin's Lounge on Sunday, June 13th, between 2 and 10pm for a benefit concert and jam for local blues jam drummer, Danger. Check out the flyer below for all the details.
Mark Your Calendar
Blues Challenge Date
Looking ahead, the Ozark Blues Society Board of Directors is happy to announce we anticipate holding a regional Blues Challenge at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville on October 22, 2021 in anticipation of the resumption of the International Blues Challenge in 2022.
Please stay tuned to this newsletter and/or visit WWW.OZARKBLUESSOCIETY.ORG
for updates and registration information later this summer.
Feel the Need...
for more Blues News?
Are you regularly looking for more sources of great Blues history stories and updates? Check our the e-newletter link below featuring blues from the British perspective?  Take a look at:
Be sure and sign up for the weekly edition so you don't miss a thing!
Support Options
For Local Artists
Please check this section of the newsletter weekly for ideas of how to support local musicians and venues. Submissions are being reduced to contact information this week as we restart the Live Music Calendar.
Brick Fields
 Famous for Blues Therapy
We have released a single from the upcoming album. Here is a link to the video "Take Me To the Riverside"
Once live music begins again, folks can stay updated on our concerts by signing up to our email at and following us on Facebook at: 
We also have two stores on our website one for music merchandise and another for Blues Therapy handmade items such as essential oil blends, Jewelry, tie dyes, bath salts, body butters and more.
Thank you for  your support.
I pray that each of you and your families are all doing okay through this. 
The Jeff Horton Band
Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, the
Jeff Horton Band definitely has
a passion for the Blues! For the last
10 years Jeff and the guys have
done their part in sharing the Blues 
as much as possible.
Now, they’re about to release their first all original album,
“These Blues are all Mine”!
Just like at their live shows, this album features a variety of Blues, from
the traditional to the contemporary there’s definitely something for
everyone that loves the Blues.
It's Official! A CD release party will be held at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville on April 30th - Show starts 6:45pm. Joining the JHB, will be special guests Buddy Shute & The Motivators. It's going to be an awesome night!
Please follow the band on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and on their webpage, THEJEFFHORTONBAND.COM for information about the album and when and where you can catch them live!
Jimmy Wayne Garrett

For more information about Jimmy Wayne Garrett, his schedule, recent interviews, or buy the latest album, visit:
His music may also be found HERE:
YouTube link  *****
Buddy Shute and the Motivators  
Buddy Shute and the Motivators live at the Eureka Springs Auditorium on YouTube: LiveAtTheAud

To learn more about the band, visit:

Facebook: Buddy Shute and the Motivators
Music Calendar 
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. Submit weekly listings by emailing: SANDY

**Limited listings are currently available
on published community calendars.
If you know of dates for local blues
not included below, please email Sandy at the above email link.
  • Uncrowned Kings for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Old Dime Box at La Huerta on Crossover in Fayetteville
  • Leah and The Cocktail Club at Sassafras Vineyard in Springdale
  • Jukeboxx and Ashtyn Barbaree for Happy Hour at the Walmart Amp in Rogers
  • Guitar Center Lesson Open House at The Guitar Center in Fayetteville
  • Vince Turner at Sassafras Vineyard in Springdale
  • The Royale with TJ Scarlett for Happy Hour at the Walmart AMP in Rogers
  • Pride Celebration with Dazz and Brie for Forest Concert Series at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Rae Fitzgerald at the Mountain Stage at Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
  • Ashtyn Barbaree at Bentonville Brewing in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Take Cover Band at Bentonville Brewing in Bentonville
  • Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Take Cover Band at Bentonville Brewing in Bentonville
  • Honeyjack for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Tre' Burt at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • Funk Factory for Happy Hour at the Walmart AMP in Rogers
  • deFrance at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators, Oreo Blue and Brick Fields at the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival in Fort Smith
  • Smokey and the Mirror at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • The Juice with TJ Scarlett for Happy Hour at the Walmart AMP in Rogers
  • Billy Jeter and the Shine Eye Band with Cousin Smitty at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Juneteenth Celebration Sounds of Freedom with Dee Dee Jones and Spud Howard for Forest Concert Series at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival in Fort Smith
Mark Your Calendar 
  • July 17 Mr Sipp for Forest Concert Series at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  6/11/2021
News and More News
Music Moves celebrations honoring National Black Music Month
THIS Saturday!Guitar Center FayettevilleLesson Open House
New InformationYouth Master ClassBlues Workshop
Hot Springs Readers Concert/Jam BenefitThis Sunday
Mark Your Calendar2021Blues Challenge Date
Feel the Need...for more Blues News?
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History June 11
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
 June 11

Today’s show features music performed by King Oliver and Bessie Smith
This Week's Quote
"You must never, ever give out. We must
keep the faith because we are one people.
We are brothers and sisters. We all live
in the same house:
The American house."
John Lewis
(Honoring Juneteenth)
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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