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 So, with the completion of our annual blues challenge and the fundraiser that supports it, the Ozark Blues Society Board of Directors is entering our annual business review period where we review our annual finances, our bylaws, our event planning, and prepare for the 2023 annual meeting/officer elections. This year the offices up for election are president and secretary. We will soon be seeking nominations for these positions on the board, so be thinking. In the meantime,
we would LOVE to hear your thoughts
on what we are doing right, and what
we might do better. Also, any
thoughts on what should be our focus (education, small events, large events, social gatherings for members, etc) would be highly desired. Our annual meeting
has been scheduled for April 5, 2023. Please send questions and comments
by email (HERE) to Vice-President Sandy McCann and help us make Ozark Blues Society the best it can be!

This week we have a new article about one of our partner organizations, The Music Education Initiative. Many of you know them from events at The Juke Joint Project they are featuring at The Pryor Center in Fayetteville. Read on below to learn more about the connections their organization is building.
Returning from last week is the article about the upcoming Celebration of Support for Ocie Fisher. Ocie has been a staple of Ozark Blues Society's Blues in the Schools presentations over the years and a beloved performer in Northwest Arkansas and beyond. Read on below for more information and the link for tickets.
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
Northwest Arkansas Non-profit

The Music Education Initiative
Plays Role at 2023 Folk Alliance
International Conference

The Northwest Arkansas music ecosystem was represented well, as The Music Education Initiative's
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Orson Weems (a first time conference attendee), was a guest host emcee for one of the 2023 Folk Alliance International Conference’s premiere showcases that featured the Grammy nominated The Milk Carton Kids,
as well as
Tall Heights, Ron Artist II, Heather Pierson, Rachel Sage, and Dan Navarro. During the conference that concluded yesterday in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Weems also served as a panelist during each of the three days
of the inaugural Black American Music Summit.

The Music Education Initiative aims
to cultivate new writing, recording, performing artists, entertainers
and industry personnel by providing interested parties with exposure
to music and entertainment career paths and opportunities through
its emphasis on musical and entertainment education.
We engage in several distinct,
but related activities:
Educational & Developmental             Training/Content Development
Artist Development workshops

  and accelerator
Workforce Development Training

  for Music, Entertainment and Live       Events
Public Presentations and                    Performances, Engagements,

Follow the Music Education Initiative on Facebook HERE.
Celebration to Support
Ocie Fisher
Divas On Fire is asking for your support for our dear Ocie, who is struggling with extreme health issues. Everyone in Northwest Arkansas and tri-state area have enjoyed her performances for decades and are missing her.
Please come and enjoy these
great performances by Divas On Fire and members of Ocie's bands throughout the years, to benefit this outstanding artist.
Purchase you tickets HERE: 
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

  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at the Boars Nest in Rogers
  • Sawyer Hill and the Salesmen at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville 
  • King Cabbage at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • The Amy Winehouse Experience with Jenna and the Soul Shakers at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Elizabeth Bainbridge Jazz Duo at Levi's in Rogers
  • 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
  • NAJS Monthly Jazz Jam at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Ultra Suede for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • The Rodney Block Collective for Arkansas Black Music Expo at Fayetteville Town Center in Fayetteville
  • Dispositions/Endfall/Gallowalker/Spare the Dead at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville 
  • Arkansas Black Music and Film Expo at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
 Mark Your Calendar
2/25 Alex Lopez and Crystal Shawanda at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
2/25 Larkin Poe Blood Harmony Tour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
2/26 Benefit for Ocie Fisher at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
3/3 Matumaini-Expressions of Struggles and Freedom at The Juke Joint Project at the Pryor Center in Fayetteville
3/4 Ulysses Owens Jr's Generation Y at WAC in Fayetteville
3/24-3/25 Taj Farrant with Nathan Bryce and Loaded Dice at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
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 2/10/2023
Next Up...
Northwest Arkansas Non-profit The Music Education Initiative Plays Role at 2023 Folk AllianceInternational Conference
Celebration to Support Ocie Fisher
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues HistoryFebruary 10
This Week's Quote
Blues Education
Check It Out!
Get Involved with the Ozark Blues Society

Links You Can Use

On this day
in Blues History
February 10

Today’s show features music performed by Little Richard and Chick Webb

This Week's Quote
"And I'd like
to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it's just as
hard to cut."
Little Richard
Blues Education

Thanks to the following for their support of blues education.
Please check back for updates
Check It Out!
 Listen and enjoy these weekly radio and streaming blues shows

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.  
Your membership support of Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas helps us pursue our mission to preserve the Original American Art Form known as The Blues, supports live blues performances, and provides educational programs for all ages.
Thank You!
Membership Benefits Include:
Weekly E-newsletter
Opportunities to win tickets to events
VIP seating at events (when available)
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 Festival Guide
Crystal Bridges
Downtown Bentonville
Free Weekly
Fayetteville Flyer
George’s Majestic Lounge
Guitar Center
National Blues Museum
North AR Jazz Society
Rockin' Hog Radio
The Walmart Museum
The International Songwriting Competition
Library of Congress National Jukebox
The Meteor Guitar Gallery


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

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