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Blues News You Can Use!
We miss Sandy already
Before her surgery, our Legendary Newsletter Editor, Sandy, asked two Board Members to carry on with publishing our weekly newsletter. Our first instinct was to run away, but the mission of Keeping The Blues Alive in NWA is too dear to our hearts. So for the next few weeks, it will be me (Liz Lottmann) and Kayla Hiett sending out the Blues News You Can Use!
It's still Louis Jordan month. To know more about this native Arkansan, a legendary Blues and R&B man, click on the sidebar link to the Arkansongs Facebook page. Never heard of him? Well, you really have, if you have ever sung along to "Let the Good Times Roll", "Caldonia", or "Open the Door Richard".
Our Blues Challenge winners from last year, The Jeff Horton Band, are playing Happy Hour tonight at George's Majestic in Fayetteville, and we urge you to support our local artists.
Also, an exciting event tonight is the Arkansas Women of the Blues Showcase at the Meteor Guitar Gallery, featuring Dawn Cate, Lectric Liz Lottmann, Ocie Fisher, Charlotte Taylor and Jenna Melnicki. Yes, this is a personal plug, but if you go, you're in for a powerful evening of great Blues singers. The ticket link is at, search for events in Bentonville, AR.
Hey, Buddy Shute & the Motivators fans! They have a new EP, "You Gotta Move", available at live performances and for streaming/download. Buddy's show listing coming up this week is in the Calendar below, and they are having Buddy's Birthday Bash in August. Stay tuned here.
The International Songwriting Competition is open and they're offering a discount entry fee of only $20 per song. We strongly encourage all the songwriters who read our newsletter to enter. In addition to cash and merchandise prizes, winners benefit from a multilateral promotional campaign designed to give international exposure and attention to their songwriting achievements.
The South Florida Blues Society's annual raffle for a pair of tickets for the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise is still open to buy raffle tickets. This is a $5,000 value! The entry link is on the sidebar of this newsletter.
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, so keep watching this newsletter for registration information.

Always remember, this is YOUR newsletter! Please send feedback or suggestions our way. Sandy's email address is below, and she will be able to forward anything you send to Kayla and me while she heals up. We appreciate our readers and want
to see your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
Liz Lottmann
Kayla Hiett
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!
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!
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:  
P.O. BOX 772548
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. All the proceeds go to the SFBS, a 501c (3) non-profit organization.   
Bob "Bluesbobby" Weinberg
President, South Florida Blues Society
Mark Your Calendar
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

  • Jeff Horton Band for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Women of the Blues at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville, featuring Dawn Cate, Lectric Liz Lottmann, Ocie Fisher, Charlotte Taylor and Jenna Melnicki
  • 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
  • Buddy Shute & the Motivators at La Huerta Crossover Patio in Fayetteville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Oreo Blues at Railyard Park in Rogers
  • Celebration of Hip-Hop and R&B at George's
  • Vince Turner at JJ's Grill on Steamboat
  • Buddy Shute & the Motivators at La Huerta Crossover Patio in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris at Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar
  • Jenna & Friends at JJ's Grill in Springdale
  • TJ Scarlett at JJ's Grill on Steamboat
  • Jam & Improvisation at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • Chubby Carrier at George's Happy Hour in Fayetteville
  • Jazz and Blues Rock Party at Railyard in Rogers
  • Buddy Shute & the Motivators at Rowdy Beaver Den in Eureka Springs
  • Jazz and Blues Rock Party at Railyard in Rogers
  • Blew Reed & The Flatheads at at the Gravel Bar in Eureka Springs 
Mark Your Calendar 
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:  7/22/2022
We miss Sandy already
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 22
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 22

 Today’s show features music performed by Big Joe Williams and Fats Domino!

Today’s show features music performed by Big Joe Williams and Fats Domino!

This Week's Quote
“With my little band, I did everything they did with a big band. I made the blues jump.” 
-Louis Jordan
  Listen to Louis Jordan on NPR Here!
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
The International Songwriting Competition 2022
Library of Congress National Jukebox
ARSC Ten Notable Pre-1923 Recordings
The Meteor Guitar Gallery


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