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Can it be....
Not sure about anyone else, but can it be that summer seems to have slipped away for a second year in a row? Not that I didn't mark time with the usual changes brought by the ending of one school year and starting of the next, but still so much disappointment happening as the pandemic has continued on. It's sad
and tiring. I am trying to keep my chin up and wait for opportunities in the future,
but my trip last week to my Aunt's Celebration of Life was certainly
a reminder to try to live every day
as if it is your last. Very difficult to do in the current public health crisis.

This week brings the opening of registration for those wishing to compete in the Ozark Blues Society's 2021 Blues Challenge. Read on below for more information. We continue to run articles for other ongoing events for your information.

As always, the live music calendar is updated this week.

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
Registration Open!
Ozark Blues Society 2021 Blues Challenge
and Best Self-Produced CD competition
The Ozark Blues Society will be holding our regional Blues Challenge at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
on October 22, 2021 for blues acts wishing to gain entry to the International Blues Challenge in January 2022. We have also decided to offer access to the Blues Foundation's annual Best Self-Produced CD competition.

For more information on both competitions, please visit our website: WWW.OZARKBLUESSOCIETY.ORG
and check out the links under "2021 Blues Challenge" and "2021 Best Self-Produced CD" for information on both as well as the link to the Challenge Registration. Registration opened on September 1st, and run through October 8th for the challenge. Submission for Best Self-Produced CD ends October 1st.
As in past years, at least one musician from each act registering for either competition must be an active member
of Ozark Blues Society. Please
remember to complete your membership application at least one day before
you wish to register for the Challenge
to allow for processing time.
To join, visit the "Member Signup" tab
on our website.

NEW Crystal Bridges
Mobile Art Lab
Concert Series

Local nonprofit Music Moves will curate a traveling concert series in collaboration with
Crystal Bridges as the CB to You Mobile Art Lab makes a tour to several local community
centers through the end of 2021. The CB to You Mobile Art Lab is a traveling pop-up
art experience energizing the power of community through art. Featuring regional artists from across Northwest Arkansas, the art lab will be visiting local libraries and festivals
around the region to bring artmaking, music, storytelling, and more.

Music Moves will showcase local musical talent at the finale of each traveling pop-up.
The first concert in the series will feature a jazz performance by the Matt Smith Trio on
August 21 at the Madison County Library. A full schedule of each stop on the tour is
available on the Crystal Bridges Website

Music Moves is committed to educating and engaging the community by making high quality
performances of Black music accessible to everyone. The nonprofit partners with
local organizations to bring live performances to the community throughout the year.
You can find more information about these events and more at the MUSIC MOVES website
and FACEBOOK page.

Registration Continues

Blues Music Awards
All musicians are invited to submit their Blues recordings for consideration.
Blues music released between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021 is eligible
for consideration for a 2022 Blues Music
Award Nomination.
You may now formally submit your album
or minimum 6-song EP for consideration
via our online service here.
Artists now have opportunity to submit a
single for "Song of the Year" consideration
even if you do not have a full album or EP released. To be eligible for submission, your single must be professionally released to the public for the first time between November 1, 2020 - October 31, 2021 and may not be
part of a larger EP or full album release.
To submit a single for "Song of the Year,"
you must contact Joe Whitmer at directly. Singles may not be directly
uploaded to the online submission
platform without a special code. 
Submission fees and deadlines:
  • September 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021
    $180 per album or EP submission / $80 
    per song submission 
  • October 1, 2021 – October 15, 2021
    $225 per album or EP submission submission / $125 per song submission
All 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
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, treating their fans to an enjoyable experience.
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

  • Nace Brothers and Rackensack for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jenna and the Soulshakers at Tontitown Winery in Tontitown
  • Soul Night Concert Series at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • The Saturday Morning Jazz Quintet for First Friday in Bentonville
  • Cann 5 and Lawrence Jamal for Live on the Green Concert Series at The Momentary in Bentonville
  • Hot Springs Jazz Festival in Hot Springs
  • Buddy Shute with Brenda and Steve Baskin at Jammin' Java in Fayetteville
  • Brick Fields Band at Tontitown Winery in Tontitown
  • 1 Hundred Proof and the Jeff Horton Band at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Amber and Kevin at Bentonville Dive Bar in Bentonville
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at Gravel Bar in Eureka Springs
  • Jesse Dean at Ozark Folkways in Winslow
  • Hot Springs Jazz Festival in Hot Springs
  • The Navigators and Maria Jibas with Mark Harmony for Courtyard Sessions at the Momentary in Bentonville
  • Hot Springs Jazz Festival in Hot Springs
  • Adam Collins, Matt Beach and Garrett Jones for Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris jazz guitar at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris/Austin Farnam/Garrett Jones at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale
  • Jason Aldean at the Walmart AMP in Rogers
  • The Cate Brothers for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • The Huntertones for the Starrlight Jazz Series at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • Live on the Green Concert Series at The Momentary in Bentonville
  • Michael Wouter Project at Gotahold Brewing in Eureka Springs
  • Buddy Shute and Mark McGee at Jammin' Java in Fayetteville
  • Elizabeth Bainbridge Jazz Duo at Levi's Low Bar in Rogers
  • Ashtyn Barbaree at Bentonville Farmer's Market in Bentonville
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at Rowdy Beaver Den in Eureka Springs
  • Jazz Weekend at Basin Springs Park in Eureka Springs
  • Jazz All-Star Youth Quartet at Gotahold Brewing in Eureka Springs
Mark Your Calendar 
  • Watch for Future Listings
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  9/3/2021
Can it be....
Registration Open!Ozark Blues Society 2021 Blues Challengeand Best Self-Produced CD competition
NEW Crystal BridgesMobile Art LabConcert Series
Registration Continues2022 Blues Music Awards
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History September 3
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 3

Today’s show features music performed
by The Temptations and Sonny Boy Williamson II 
This Week's Quote
"Sonny Boy Williamson (II) was a beautiful guy, a straight guy... (but) he was always raising hell one way or another, so you never could tell if he was drunk or sober."
Willie Dixon
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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