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Here We Go....
As the heat continues I am about
to enter a time of limited getting out after my surgery on Monday morning. That is the one "good" part, lol. But, not to worry, we have a team of OBS board members who are set to pick up the slack created by the upcoming 6+ weeks of me not being able to use my dominant arm. They will see that this newsletter continues on a weekly basis! I will be monitoring my email and forwarding any of your messages to the team so don't hesitate to continue to reach out. 

This week's news brings information on the upcoming Jazz and Blues Block Party at Railyard Park in Rogers. Read on below for more information.
Back this week is the link to the Arkansongs Facebook page where they are currently featuring Arkansan, Louis Jordan's, contributions to music. Also returning again this week is an article with information on how to get in on the annual South Florida Blues Society's annual raffle for a pair of tickets for the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. Such a cool opportunity!
Also we continue to direct your attention to the "Mark Your Calendar" article noting the Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge will be October 22,2022. Registration for competitors will begin in August.

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
Jazz & Blues Block Party
July 29-30, 2022 
at Railyard Park
The following information was shared with Ozark Blues Society
 Local nonprofits Music Moves and the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society are partnering with Crowne Group and the City of Rogers Arts & Culture Division to host the first annual Railyard Jazz & Blues Block Party on July 29-30, 2022 as part of the Railyard Live Concert Series in downtown Rogers. The two day event is designed to bring the community together in a celebration of Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Soul music. 

Entering its second season, the Railyard Live free summer concert series invites residents to connect with each other to share “positive downtown energy,” according to City of Rogers Arts & Culture Coordinator Anna Watson. The Railyard Jazz & Blues Block Party, new this year, looks to continue the tradition of diversity of music presented on Butterfield Stage. “People can expect to have a lot of fun gathering with neighbors and friends,” Watson said.
Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society (NAJS) and Crowne Group describe the Railyard Jazz & Blues Block Party as an opportunity to showcase regional talent in multiple genres while encouraging a “mosaic of community” across different cultures, according to Brian Crowne. Anthony Ball of Music Moves concurs: “There aren’t many platforms where the rising stars of our region can share the same stage. Music Moves is excited about our collaboration with Railyard Live, NAJS, and Crowne Group. We want to highlight the rich regional talent we have here in Northwest Arkansas.”
The party starts at 5:45pm Friday, July 29 with Austin Farnam Trio, the Grady Nichols Jazz Band, Sons of Brasil, and Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal scheduled to perform. The fun continues Saturday, July 30 at 4pm with 1 Oz. Jig, the Clark Gibson Quintet, Akeem Kemp, Branjae, and Chubby Carrier on the lineup. From classic blues to Brazilian jazz to funky Zydeco, the Railyard Jazz & Blues Block Party will have something for everyone to enjoy!
The Railyard Jazz & Blues Block Party is a family-friendly event with free general admission seating available on the lawn; tables are available for $20. Information on the lineup and ticket registration are available at
Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society (NAJS) has been a community leader in presenting world class jazz performers in Northwest Arkansas for 30 years. The NAJS mission “…to present, promote, preserve and celebrate the great American art of Jazz” has a history of over three decades of scholarship awards and educational programs. NAJS has served as artistic advisor for Crystal Bridges, Walton Arts Center, Eureka Springs Jazz Festival, and more. Further information about NAJS can be found at the NAJS website and Facebook page.
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 concerts to the community throughout the year and has recently produced and distributed curriculum that calls attention to Black cultural influence in the arts. Further information about Music Moves events and curriculum can be found at the Music Moves website and Facebook page.
Crowne Group is a full-service consulting company with more than 20 years of industry experience. An extensive partnership network allows the company to work behind the scenes to produce the highest quality events in Northwest Arkansas. For more information, visit the Crowne Group website.
Anthony Ball, Music Moves Program Director,
Robert Ginsburg, Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society Artistic Director,
Blues History
Louis Jordan Month
at ArkanSongs
To learn more, visit their
Facebook page HERE:
Anyone Can Enter!
South Florida Blues Society

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Raffle

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to win a cruise shared by our sister society in South Florida
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Raffle tickets are available to purchase!
The cruise raffle drawing will be held at our "Anniversary Picnic" in October (date to be announced shortly), held in Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, Florida. You don't have to be present to win! The SFBS Legendary Blues Cruise Raffle is on!!!....................Tickets are moving fast!
In fact, in less only 2 1/2 months since the raffle began, we've already sold about half of our goal of 500 tickets! Don't delay, order yours now!   
Enter to win a Cabin for 2 on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise # 38, sailing from Fort Lauderdale January 28th - February 4th, 2023
to St Marteen, St Thomas & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas private island).  
Only a maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. To purchase your tickets please visit to the SFBS Store at The most anticipated raffle of the year is on!, for the raffle of a Cruise for 2 ($5,000 value)
Don't miss out on this cruise of a lifetime! Get your raffle tickets NOW!
Order them online now!. This Blues cruise always sells out, so taking a chance by buying Cruise raffle tickets and winning the cruise of a lifetime may be your only chance to get on board! Tickets are $20, with a maximum of only 500 to be sold!  Our SFBS Store is opened for business and ready to securely take your credit card payments online for Cruise Raffle Tickets. Simply go to as you always have in the past, and click on the link on our homepage, where we will gladly accepted credit cards. Raffle tickets may also be purchased anytime, by sending a check for $20 per ticket payable to:  SOUTH FLORIDA BLUES SOCIETY 
                        P.O. BOX 772548
                        CORAL SPRINGS, FL 33077-2548
As we always do, the SFBS is holding this terrific raffle, as a way of raising funds necessary to maintain the SFBS, while presenting participants a chance to win a cabin on this incredible cruise. This cruise is always sold out!  So if you can't afford to spend the full purchase price to go Bluesin'! Here's the perfect opportunity to try your luck in winning this awesome prize for only $20 a chance! REMEMBER THIS IS FOR A PAIR (2) OF LRBC TICKETS WORTH NEARLY $5,000!  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT AT THE DRAWING TO WIN!!!
All the proceeds go to the SFBS, a 501c (3) non-profit organization.   
p.s. - While you have your credit cards or check books out, and you're on our web site, it's the perfect time to become a member of the South Florida Blues Society, or purchase merchandise!  
"Our purpose is to provide an outlet for Blues fans to enjoy, support and encourage, and spread the gospel of the Blues by promoting, teaching, and advancing the Blues through networking with fans and musicians, Blues clubs, festivals and other venues, promoters and other organizations with the same goals in mind."
Bob "Bluesbobby" Weinberg
President, South Florida Blues Society
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. Keep an eye on this newsletter and on our website for more information about how to sign up.

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

  • Full House for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • James Taylor at the AMP in Rogers
  • School of Rock Music Festival at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Darius Rucker with Ryan Hurd and Elvie Shane at the AMP in Rogers
  • Jake Hertzog and Daniel Champagne at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • Train/Jewel/Blues Traveler/Thunderstorm Artis at the AMP in Rogers
  • Bootleg Royals with Cole Birmingham Band at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Adam Collins, Matt Beach and Garrett Jones for Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Morano's in Fayetteville
  • Anderson Brothers Jazz Trio at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris jazz guitar at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Fayetteville Jazz Collective for Chamber Music on the Mountain at the Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat in Fayetteville
  • Diamond Empire Band at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Saturday Jazz Combo for Live at the Five and Dime in Bentonville
  • Fayetteville Jazz Collective for Chamber Music on the Mountain at the Thaden School in Bentonville
  • Jeff Horton Band for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Skye Pollard and Family Holler at Prairie Street Live in Fayetteville
  • Soul Nite with the NAJS Youth All Star Ensemble at the Jones Center in Springdale
  • Elizabeth Bainbridge Jazz Duo at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • Women of the Blues at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
Mark Your Calendar 
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:  7/15/2022
Here We Go....
Jazz & Blues Block PartyJuly 29-30, 2022 at Railyard Park
Blues HistoryLouis Jordan Monthat ArkanSongs
Anyone Can Enter!South Florida Blues SocietyLegendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Raffle
Mark Your Calendar
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History July 15
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
 July 15

Today’s show features music performed by Chuck Willis and Brownie McGee
This Week's Quote
“The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits. It's better keeping the roots alive, because it means better fruits from now on. The blues are the roots of all American music. As long as American music survives, so will the blues."
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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