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Every summer when we get into these periods of hot summertime weather the lyrics of the 1958 song "Summertime, Summertime" by the Jamies never fail to pop into my head. It's not the only song that comes to mind, but for me it is the first one I think of. How about you? What are the catchy songs of summer that get you through the sweltering days? Feel free to drop me an email at the address below and let me know your favorites!
Returning this week is the announcement of the judges who have been selected to bring their knowledge into play as they judge the 2022 International Songwriting Competition.
Also this week, if you didn't catch it in this column last week, check out the "Mark Your Calendar" article noting the Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge will be October 22,2022. Finally, we are in the final week for the cool local exhibit, the "Juke Joint Project". The exhibit is located at the Pryor Center in downtown Fayetteville. Read on below for all the information of how to visit the exhibit.
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
Mark Your Calendar
With the late date of the postponed
2022 IBC it's hard to imagine, but it won't be long before we will start the registration process for our challenge
this fall. Whether you are eyeing competing or just plan to attend the event, you may want to mark your calendar now. The OBS Blues Challenge will be October 22,2022.

The Juke Joint Project
in Fayetteville
WHAT: The Juke Joint Project: An Exhibit to celebrate the classic juke joints of the past  found at the Pryor Center on the Downtown Fayetteville Square.
WHEN: The Juke Joint Project exhibit will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through the end of June. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The exhibit will feature music on various times.
Music Education Initiative Executive Director Orson Weems says that people are “going to be surprised to see that [“The Juke Joint Project: An Exhibit”] is actually something that they can touch and walk through.” Musical performances to accompany the exhibit will be posted to the Pryor Center’s website,, as information becomes available. “The Juke Joint,” built of period-aged cypress and tin, was originally created by designer Kaki Hockersmith.

 The Juke Joint Project: An Exhibit which is cosponsored by the Pryor Center and The Music Education Initiative and is currently on display in the Pryor Center atrium. Arkansas Delta Blues commands an important role in the development of American music. The region maintained a vibrant blues scene from the 1920s until the 1970s. Early blues musicians such as Son House, Robert Johnson, Johnny Shines and Howlin' Wolf played in the juke joints and cafes throughout the area. Folklorist Alan Lomax recorded St. Francis County blues musicians during his Southern Journey expedition in 1959 and chronicled these experiences in his classic work, The Land Where the Blues Began. During the following decades, many of the musicians passed and music changed, but the stories of these legendary artists and their significant cultural contributions remain strong.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m to 6 p.m.
    The Juke Joint Project: An Exhibit is open to the public in the Pryor Center atrium on the Downtown Fayetteville Square
International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
2022 Judges Announced

Judges Include: Mariah Carey, Linkin Park, Coldplay, Hozier, Gloria Estefan, Tom Waits, Danilo Perez, Trevor Daniel, The Lumineers, Rosanne Cash, Brantley Gilbert, and More

Judges Also Include Music Industry Execs From Top Record Labels: Atlantic, Columbia, Capitol, Motown, Sony, Warner, Arista, Curb, Glassnote, and More
June 14, 2022 – The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its panel of judges for the 2022 competition. Established in 2002, ISC is considered to be the world’s most prestigious songwriting competition and is open to both professional and amateur songwriters, signed and unsigned. Its mission is to promote excellence in the art of songwriting and to provide a platform for songwriters to have their songs heard by a panel of iconic recording artists and music executives in an international arena.

Called “the songwriting competition to take note of” by The New York Times, ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes, shared by 74 winners in 24 categories, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash, and much more.

Winning ISC is a distinction that has helped many artists go on to achieve greater success. Previous winners have included: Tones and I; Illenium; Vance Joy; Bastille; Fantastic Negrito; R.LUM.R; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; Dustin Lynch; Faouzia; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Gregory Porter; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; For King & Country; Tenille Townes; Adrienne Lenker (Big Thief); Jordan St. Cyr; Tommy Castro; Andrew Bird; Omar Sosa; and many more.

“There are many songwriting competitions in the world, but ISC is the only one whose entrants have the opportunity to have their music heard by a judging panel that includes the top echelon of legendary recording artists/songwriters and high-profile music industry executives,” said Candace Avery, Founder and Director of ISC. “Our judges have consistently told us how much they love listening to the new generation of songwriters and are amazed by the depth of songwriting talent – and we are grateful for their perspective and participation.”
For more information and to enter, go to:
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

  • Leah and the Mojo Doctors for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • SoNA Beyond presents: "The Dirty South" at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Cohen, Barth,Wilson Jazz Trio for NWA Jazz Society Fundraiser at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • Leah and the Mojo Doctors for Railyard Live at Railyard Park in Rogers
  • Cody Johnson with Craig Campbell at the AMP in Rogers
  • Bonnie Montgomery and Dale Watson for Forest Concert Series at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson Trio at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Rowdy Beaver Den in Eureka Springs
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at the Hiwasse Store in Hiwasse
  • Adam Ostrar at the Mountain Street Stage at the Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
  • Jimmie Vaughan at Temple Live in Fort Smith
  • Vince Turner at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • 5 Seconds of Summer/Pale Waves at the AMP in Rogers
  • Adam Collins, Matt Beach and Garrett Jones for Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at La Huerta on Crossover in Fayetteville
  • ZZ Top at the AMP in Rogers
  • Ben Harris jazz guitar at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Funk Factory for Gulley Park Concert Series in Fayetteville
  • Kenny Chesney/Carly Pearce at the AMP in Rogers
  • Gary Hutchison at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • The Odds for happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Outlaw Music Festival at the AMP in Rogers
Mark Your Calendar 
7/7 Danielle Nicole (previously of Trampled Under Foot) at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville

7/24 Ozark Shades of Blue presents Women of the Blues at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
7/29-7/30 Jazz and Blues Block Party at Railyard Park in Rogers
8/12 Robert Johnson Legacy Tour at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  6/24/2022
Mark Your Calendar
LAST WEEK!The Juke Joint Project in Fayetteville
International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 2022 Judges Announced
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History June 24
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 24

Today’s show features music performed by George Gershwin and Albert King
This Week's Quote
“True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time.”
George Gershwin

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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