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 In the short span of a week, things can surely change. For those of us waiting, and hoping for new dates from the Blues Foundation for the 2022 International Blues Challenge, the reward has arrived! The Challenge will be "Back on Beale"
on May 6-9, 2022.
Thank you to the Blues Foundation Staff and board of directors for so rapidly securing these new dates.
The same concerns the Blues Foundation considered when choosing to reschedule the International Blues Challenge have now brought us to the same decision for our fundraiser scheduled later this month. Read on in the article below for the latest on our decision to postpone the event.
Returning this week we have a couple new articles. Read on below for news of leadership changes from the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society and a "Save the Date" piece with basic information about the annual Subiaco "Blues at the Abbey." 

As many of the indoor venues locally carry sports, there is even a bigger slack off in the winter calendar offerings. To help keep this newsletter interesting, remember we are always looking for articles from readers. If you have a blues history topic, blues event, of an artist or their music you wish to share a review of, drop Sandy an email so she can help you share.

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
2022 International
Blues Challenge

The Blues Foundation is excited to announce the new dates for the
International Blues Challenge: May 6 – 9, 2022 

It will be a full week of blues this May in Memphis as we celebrate the Blues Music Award nominees and winners on Thursday, May 5 and are Back On Beale with IBC beginning Friday, May 6. 
IBC Important Dates
 Friday, May 6: Quarterfinals Night 1 
Saturday, May 7: Quarterfinals Night 2 
Sunday, May 8: KBA Ceremony, Youth Showcases, & Semifinals 
Monday, May 9: IBC Finals at The Orpheum 
Stay tuned for the updated IBC event schedule that includes workshops, panels, and showcases. 
All previously purchased passes will be honored for the new dates, without any action on your part. Passes will now be mailed out in mid-April. 
Your room reservations can be updated and rebooked directly with the hotel. For a list of our partner hotels, click here
Thank you for your patience and support during this transition. We hope to see you in Memphis this May!
Ozark Blues Society

IBC sponsorship fund
2022 Fundraiser
This week, due to rising covid19 illnesses, we have joined the Blues Foundation is facing the difficult decision to postpone our fundraiser scheduled for January 29, 2022. Please know we understand this may mean our yet to be chosen rescheduled date may not be convenient for those who had planned to attend. Our board will be meeting remotely this coming week and we hope to announce new information in next week's newsletter about the new plans and how we will refund tickets for those who cannot attend the rescheduled event. Again, we understand how disappointing changes like this can be and we appreciate your patience as we work though the process.

Save the Date
What: 20th Annual "Blues at the Abbey" featuring Blind Mississippi Morris.
When: February 2, 2022 at 7:30pm
Where: Subiaco Academy

Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society
New Leaders

From our local Jazz Society:
Fayetteville, AR - January 04, 2022 | The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society (NAJS)
has announced new positions on its staff and board. Graham Stewart has been hired as
the new Executive Director of NAJS. Founder and longtime NAJS Executive Director
Robert Ginsburg will transition into the role of Artistic Director. Additionally, five new
members join the NAJS Board of Directors in 2022: Margaret Clark, Tim McCarley, Jerry
Moye, Barbara Taylor, and Tod Yeslow.
“I am excited by the new opportunities for NAJS in the coming years,” says Ginsburg.
“Both the addition of Graham Stewart to our staff and the incredible collection of new
board members will position NAJS to do big things in 2022 and beyond.”
Stewart’s role as Executive Director will be operational and financial, allowing Ginsburg,
as Artistic Director, to focus on the music and the NAJS education programs.
Stewart, a musician who has performed with the Fayetteville Jazz Collective and other
jazz ensembles in Nashville, TN and New York, served as chief alumni officer for the
University of Arkansas from 2012 to 2014, and most recently in the same role for
Vanderbilt University. While in Nashville, Tennessee, he helped lead the Nashville Jazz
Workshop through a major transition and relocation. Stewart returned to Northwest
Arkansas in 2020 and served on the NAJS Board of Directors before being hired as
Executive Director.
“I have always been passionate about jazz music,” says Stewart. “I am both a musician
and an arts administrator. That experience has given me a unique insight into this field.
It is a pleasure to join the incredible things NAJS is doing for Northwest Arkansas.”

Brief biographies of the new board members are available at the NAJS website:
NAJS expresses its enormous gratitude to David Crittenden and Bob Arvin for their
years of service. Crittenden and Arvin are leaving the NAJS Board of Directors after
serving seven years with distinction. Crittenden joined the board NAJS in 2014 and has
been acting President for six years. Arvin has also served NAJS since 2014 and was
instrumental in revitalizing board development as well as raising public awareness of
the NAJS. Thank you Bob and David for keeping Jazz alive in Northwest Arkansas!
NAJS seeks to present, preserve, promote, and celebrate the great American art form
known as jazz.
For more information, contact:
Jacob Christiansen
Operations Manager, NWA Jazz Society | (402) 709-8314

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.


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
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
**Read on for NEW information**
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.
Jeff reports he has some exciting gigs coming up at Good Vibrations in Rogers. There will be a new jam every other Monday from 7-9pm, beginning December 27th. Additionally, he and the band will be hosting the New Year's Eve party
at Good Vibrations this year.
Lots of fun times ahead!
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!
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

  • Simply Seger-Bob Seger Tribute for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • 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
  • Honey Collective (jazz) at Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Jenna and Friends at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Vince Turner at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Uncrowned Kings for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Bill Frisell at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • SoNA presents "Phoenix Ascending" at WAC in Fayetteville
  • Brick Fields at Wanderoo Lodge and Bar in Eureka Springs
Mark Your Calendar 
1/29 Bound for Beale IBC Fundraiser at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville
3/10 Tab Benoit at Temple Live in Fort Smith
5/23 Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  1/14/2022
More Updates
2022 International Blues ChallengeRESCHEDULED
Ozark Blues SocietyIBC sponsorship fund2022 FundraiserPOSTPONED
Save the Date
Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society Announces New Leaders
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History January 14
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
 January 14

Today’s show is about Alan Freed and features music performed by
Big Joe Turner
This Week's Quote
"Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you.
I could play the blues and then not be
blue anymore."
B B King

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


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