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Today is the last day to enter the Robert Cray ticket giveaway! Entries may be submitted, as described below, through midnight today, Friday, September 16th. Check out the article below for all you need to know about entering before this contest is wrapped up.
This week's newsletter is still filled with articles about a plethora of upcoming events. We also have a new "Mark Your Calendar" article highlighting the upcoming annual Good News and the Blues Fundraiser. Seats are limited so be sure and get your tickets soon. 
Finally, don't forget to share with your blues musician friends about the Ozark Blues Society's 2022 Blues Challenge in Bentonville. Registration is underway with just less than one month left to secure a spot in the competition. Also found on our website is the information for those interested in submitting a qualifying CD for our 2022 Best Self Produced CD competition. Both opportunities represent the first step toward being chosen to represent Northwest Arkansas in Memphis at the 2023 International Blues Challenge. Read on below or visit our website to learn more.

Do always remember, this is YOUR newsletter! Please send feedback or suggestions our way. You will find Sandy's email address below.
We appreciate our readers and want
to see your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
Enter by Midnight!
Robert Cray
at the Walton Arts Center
Ticket Giveaway!
Today (9/16) is your last chance to submit your entry for this awesome opportunity! Entries will be accepted by email through midnight. Entries will then be checked    to confirm all who have current membership in Ozark Blues Society receive their bonus entry. We will hold
a Facebook Live on our Ozark Blues Society FB page at 2pm on Saturday where the winning entry will be drawn. The winner will be notified by email following the drawing and will be able
to pick up their tickets at will call
on the day of the show.
Thank you again to the Walton Arts Center for this amazing opportunity for our readers and members to have an opportunity to win a set of 2 tickets to hear the Grammy Award winning, Robert Cray Band, on September 27th!
 So how do you enter you ask?
To enter, just click here to email Sandy McCann. Put "Ticket Giveaway" in the subject line and include your name, phone number and email address in the body of the message. This drawing is open to ALL readers, however current and new members get an extra entry! No need to do anything, we will verify your membership. All entries will get an email confirming their entry.  Emailed entries may be submitted until midnight, Friday, September 16, 2022.
  From the Walton Arts Center
Who: The Robert Cray Band
Where: The Walton Arts Center
When: September 27 at 7:00pm 
“Robert Cray is not only making music, he’s making history,” writes Guitar Player Magazine. Since 1974, The Robert Cray Band has been touring and recording their unique groove, born from a love of soul, American roots, R&B, gospel, blues and rock ‘n’ roll.
On his newest album, That’s What I Heard, Cray celebrates the music of Curtis Mayfield, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Sensational Nightingales and more, alongside his own songs. “Funky, cool and bad,” is how the Blues Hall of Famer describes the Grammy(R)-nominated album, produced by longtime collaborator Steve Jordan, who adds, “I thought, if we could get this thing that Sam Cooke used to have, the kind of sound that early Sam Cooke records had, that we could pull this off.”
Cray and Jordan go way back, having met during the making of the Chuck Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll in 1987. They started working together in 1999, when Jordan produced the Grammy-winning Take Your Shoes Off, and again on the recent Grammy-nominated LP Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm. That’s What I Heard is their sixth album.
“Once you start working with Steve, it’s kind of hard to get away from him,” said Cray.
“Robert is just a great person besides being extraordinary talent,” adds Jordan. “People gravitate to his guitar playing first, but I think he’s one of the best singers I’ve heard in my life. Not only because of his singing ability, but his interpretations. He’s such an honest soul in my opinion.”
The Robert Cray Band has released more than 20 acclaimed albums, with five Grammy wins and millions of records sold worldwide. “The band continues with the same enthusiasm and joy in what we do,  no matter the accolades,” says Cray. “Today is all that matters!”
Cray’s band features Richard Cousins (bass), Dover Weinberg (keyboards), Terence F. Clark (drums), and Steve Jordan (drums, percussion).
EP Release Super Party
in Fayetteville
Buddy Shute & the Motivators will be celebrating the release of their new EP,
YOU GOTTA MOVE, at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on Sept. 18, 6-8:30,
The release of Buddy Shute & Mark McGee's new EP, HARD AS NAILS, and the Procrastinators new EP, PARTY AT BUDDY'S, will also be celebrated. TJ Gates will be on drums and former Fayettevilleian Keith Hubborrd, who appears on two of the EPs, will be joining the band on keyboards.
Tickets are $8.00 and it is recommended
you purchase them in advance. 
For tickets, click HERE:
Famed Jazz Organist
Pat Bianchi
Coming to Fayetteville
The Pat Bianchi Trio will perform as part of the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society’ (NAJS) and KUAF’s Summer Jazz Concert Series on Saturday, September 24 at the Roots HQ on the Fayetteville Square. Joining Bianchi (jazz organ) is Colin Stranahan (drums) and Paul Bollenback (guitar).
Tickets are available at:
The 23rd season of the Summer Jazz Concert Series concludes with famed jazz organist Pat Bianchi live in concert. Two-time Grammy®-nominated organist Pat Bianchi is one of the most in-demand
organists today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity and versatility are rivaled by few. Voted best Jazz Organist in the 2019 NYC Hot House readers’ poll as well as
winner of Downbeat’s 2016 critics poll, Bianchi’s deep knowledge of jazz organ history continues to inform his own voice. Bianchi is a self-described disciple of the Hammond B3 organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco. DeFrancesco passed away last month at the age of 51. Bianchi will program music that pays tribute to both DeFrancesco and Doctor Lonnie Smith for his NW Arkansas concert. Bianchi will be performing alongside Colin Stranahan (drums) and Paul Bollenback (guitar).
The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society is a community leader in presenting world-class jazz performances in Northwest Arkansas. Their mission is to present, preserve, promote, and celebrate the great American art form known as jazz through education, concert presentation, and artist promotion. They seek to find innovative ways to engage with new and diverse audiences and keep jazz alive and well. Learn more at
Mark Your Calendar
Music Moves is gearing up for their signature fundraising event - Good News & The Blues which will be held on October 16 at the Fayetteville Town Center. The event will feature the Blind Boys of Alabama and a catered meal.
Seating is limited at this event. Tickets available at MUSICMOVESAR.COM

Sign Up Now!
Ozark Blues Society
Blues Challenge Registration
Registrations are coming in and now is the time to jump over to our website and enter. To find out more, visit and click on the 2022 Blues Challenge menu tab. There you will find all the information about the event as well as the registration link. Do remember the band member processing the registration needs to be an active member of Ozark Blues Society.

Our Challenge will take place at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville, AR, on October 22, 2022. Registration is now open and continues through October 8, 2022. Registration is open to blues bands and solo/duo artists that reside within 250 miles of Bentonville, Arkansas. For more information, visit:
We Love Your Support! 
Ozark Blues Society
on Amazon Smile
Just this week, our board president, Liz Lottmann, reminded our board to make sure we were selecting Ozark Blues Society when we shop on Amazon. At that moment, I realized that since I regularly shop on the app, I was missing out on this option.
Good News! The AmazonSmile option is available on the app and
the set up is simple!
It is a one time set up to participate.
Here are the steps:
1) Open and log in (if necessary) to your Amazon Shopping App.
2) Find and click on the set of menu lines found near the cart icon.
3) Find and select the topic, "Gifting and Charity"
4) Scroll down, if needed, to find and select AmazonSmile on the list
5) If you have already selected Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas on the web based version, it should appear at the top of the page. Click the "on button" to turn on AmazonSmile in the app.
Do note that the app requires you to renew your choice of using Amazon Smile in the app 2x a year.
Thank You so much for your support!
Join Us!
At Our Next
Board Meeting
OBS Members Are Always Invited to the General Sessions of our board meetings! The next meeting is scheduled for October 5th at the Holiday Inn in Springdale, AR. The General Session starts at 6:00pm. We meet in our "Blues Enclave" off of the main floor dining area.
If you aren't a member yet, visit our website to join us.

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
  • Elizabeth Bainbridge Jazz Duo at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • Buddy Shute and Keith Hubbard at Jamin' Java in Fayetteville
  • Vince Turner at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Japanese Breakfast with Pura Coco on the Green at the Momentary in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators EP Release Party at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Voces Latinas for SoNA Beyond at Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Goo Goo Dolls with Blue October at the AMP in Rogers
  • Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Alice in Chains/Breaking Benjamin at the AMP in Rogers
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement at Bentonville Public Library in Bentonville
  • Los Veleros for Live at the Five and Dime in Bentonville
  • Leah and the Mojo Doctors for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Format Festival in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at New Delhi Cafe in Eureka Springs
  • Jenna and the Soul Shakers at Chelsea's in Eureka Springs
  • Pat Bianchi Trio at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • Elizabeth Bainbridge Jazz Duo at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale
  • Belle and the Vertigo Waves at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Format Festival in Bentonville
  • Divas on Fire at Chelsea's in Eureka Springs
 Mark Your Calendar
9/23-9/25 Format Festival in Bentonville

10/7 Fresco Trey at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
10/14 Scotty Austin with The Alive at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
10/16 Good News and the Blues at Fayetteville Town Center in Fayetteville
10/21 Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks Tribute at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
10/22 OBS Blues Challenge 2022 at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville

10/27 John Moreland at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In This Issue 9/16/2022
Almost a Wrap
Enter by Midnight!Robert Crayat the Walton Arts CenterTicket Giveaway!
THIS SUNDAY!EP Release Super Partyin Fayetteville
Famed Jazz OrganistPat Bianchi Coming to Fayetteville
Mark Your Calendar
Sign Up Now!Ozark Blues SocietyBlues Challenge Registration
We Love Your Support!  Ozark Blues Society on Amazon Smile
Join Us!At Our NextBoard Meeting
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues HistorySeptember 16
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 16

Today’s show features music performed by Tommy Dorsey and Boogie Bill Webb

This Week's Quote
"Bebop has set music back
twenty years."
Tommy Dorsey
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
Fayetteville Roots Festival


Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas  |  P O Box 2004  |  Bentonville, AR 72712  | 

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