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Gathering at the Gate...
Now before you start worrying that
I am out flying and stuck somewhere, let me reassure you I am instead envisioning the racers gathering and approaching the starting gates at Oaklawn or a similar horse race track. Why is such a thought on my mind? just one week there will be a gathering...that precedes a sendoff...that precedes a Challenge that is as high energy as a horse race! What is this timeline I am speaking of you ask? Well, it's the run up to IBC week!

First up we will gather for our Bound For Beale IBC Fundraiser coming up on Saturday, January 14th. Even though that is just over a week away, it feels like a countdown for the Ozark Blues Society Board of Directors and I bet The Downtown Livewires are feeling the same imminence. Don't miss your chance
to treat yourself to some great local blues bands while supporting Ozark Blues Society's IBC sponsorship costs. Read on below for all the information and
the ticket link. Just about a week after we gather in Bentonville, the Downtown Livewires will be heading to Memphis for The International Blues Challenge!
The "Starting gun" for the challenge
is first night of Quarterfinals on Beale Street. And what a race it is with
three nights of competition in the clubs leading to Saturday's finals held
at the Orpheum Theater. Since I won't
be attending this year, I would love
to hear updates from any of our readers who are there at IBC. You will find my email address below!
Always remember, this is YOUR newsletter! Please consider sharing dates that for your favorite artists that are not included in the community calendars we use. We would also love to have a local live blues music reporter to share stories for the newsletter. Many bands have time challenges in submitting information and this would be a great way for fans to show them some love! Please send questions, information, feedback, and suggestions our way. Just click on Sandy's email address below.
We appreciate our readers and want
to see your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
Get your Tickets Now!

IBC Fundraiser
Bound For Beale

Ozark Blues Society is proud that over the years we have been able to offer above average sponsorships to the acts representing Northwest Arkansas at the International Blues Challenge each year. It may sound repetitive, but it's true, we can't do it without your help! Please mark your calendar and plan to come out and support our fundraising efforts while cheering on our IBC bound act, the Downtown Livewires. The fundraiser will also feature our 2022 Best
Self-produced CD winner, Buddy Shute and the Motivators,
as well as our 2021 Challenge winner, the Jeff Horton Band.
The date is set for Saturday, January 14, 2023 at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
and will begin at 7pm.
If you want to grab one of the limited, reserved table seats, consider jumping in soon while choice seats are still available.
Tickets for this fundraiser are $35 for reserved table seating, and $25 for general admission. To grab your spot, click the link HERE:
And don't forget, the 2023 International Blues Challenge is being held in Memphis January 24-28th. If you have never been to the IBC, perhaps this is your year to go and root for The Downtown Livewires as they represent Northwest Arkansas. For information on IBC, including links to hotel rooms and tickets, visit:
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

  • Divas on Fire for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jenna and Tony at Bentonville Brewing in Bentonville
  • Jenna and the Soulshakers at Tin Roof in Fayetteville
  • Ronnie Hawkins Tribute Show with special guest Tony Redman at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Vince Turner at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • The Hardtops for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Mildenhall/Flipoff Pirates/Fight Dreams at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Bound For Beale IBC Fundraiser at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
 Mark Your Calendar
1/23 Ana Popovic at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville

1/27 Chick Corea Afro-Caribbean Experience at WAC in Fayetteville

2/25 Larkin Poe Blood Harmony Tour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
04/28 Tedeschi/Trucks Band at Simmons Bank Arena in Little Rock

Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In This Issue 1/06/2023
Gathering at the Gate...
Get your Tickets Now!IBC FundraiserBound For Beale
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues HistoryJanuary 6
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 6

Today’s show features music performed by Albert King and Kim Wilson
This Week's Quote
“[King] played with a raw ferocity that appealed equally to fellow bluesman and younger rockers. He was one of the first black electric bluesmen to cross over to white audiences, and one of the first to adapt his playing to Sixties funk and soul backings, on classics like 'Born Under a Bad Sign'.”
Kirk West
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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