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 Worried Life Blues
Freddie King sang, "Well, someday, baby
You ain't gonna worry my life anymore"
Life....yesterday, today, and likely tomorrow, the blues are going to hit someone. Yesterday (and somewhat today) was one of those days for me. Though I must confess, I do recognize the depth of my worry does not match the struggles of early blues artists and the slaves that laid the foundation for Blues music through their oppression. In
Freddie King's rendition of Big Maceo Merriweather's "Worried Life Blues," we can catch the truth that in life, at some point, we all can get hit with the blues.

Today's new articles include a review of this week's OBS annual meeting AND a "Mark Your Calendar" article with the date for our fall Blues Challenge. You will also find a new call for newsletter submissions.

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
Mark Your Calendar
It's OFFICIAL! The 2023 Ozark
Blues Society Blues Challenge has been scheduled for October 14th. Mark your calendar and plan to join us at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville for this fun event. Planning is just beginning so watch our website and this newsletter for information on rules and deadlines as it becomes available.
New OBS Officers
2023 Annual Meeting
The 2023 OBS Annual Meeting
is now in the rear-view mirror.
We congratulate the officers who were both unanimously elected.
Liz Lottmann was reelected to another 2 year term as Board President, and Bruce Barton was elected to his second term as Board Treasurer. With elections as the primary focus we followed an abbreviated agenda that included welcoming our attending members/guests and enjoying a short presentation about the plans and progress on the restoration of Fayetteville's historic Rockwood Club. We also opened the floor for new business and began the pre-planning for our fall Blues Challenge and other potential 2023 OBS events.
Thank you to the continuing support of our board and general membership. Of note, we recently
lost a couple board members due
to relocation and career changes so we are actively seeking applications for new members for our board
of directors. For more information
or to apply, email LIZ LOTTMANN
Request for Input
It has gone out before, but after being treated to some cool stories from Fayetteville music history at our meeting Wednesday night from the Rockwood Club team, I have been inspired to make a new request for submission of articles for this newsletter. We are seeking articles on events, blues history, resources for blues lovers, and reviews of blues music. For more information of content of articles tied to these topics, please review our promotion procedures on our website HERE or email SANDY
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

  • Swade Diablos for Happy Hour at Gorge's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Brianna Thomas Sextet at Starr Theater WAC in Fayetteville
  • Elizabeth Bainbridge Jazz Duo at the Inn at Carnal Hall in Fayetteville
  • SoNA Battle of the Bands at the WAC inFayetteville
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at the Boar's Nest in Rogers
  • Caterina Barbieri at the Momentary in Bentonville
  • 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  
  • Latin American Ensemble at Faulkner Perfroming Arts Center at UA in Fayetteville
  • Candlelight Jazz with Jazz at Lincoln Center at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville
  • UAFS Jazz Catz at The Annex in Fort Smith
  • The Boss Tweeds for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • UA Jazz Festival at Faulkner Performing Arts Center at UA in Fayetteville
  • Elizabeth Bainbridge Jazz Duo at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • The Pinoy Rockstars at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute at Jammin' Java in Fayetteville
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at Rowdy Beaver Tavern in Eureka Springs
 Mark Your Calendar
4/23 Rebirth Brass Band at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
4/28 Tedeschi/Trucks Band at Simmons Bank Arena in Little Rock

5/16 Emily Nenni @ The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/17 Black Joe Lewis at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In This Issue 4/7/2023
 Worried Life Blues
NEW!Mark Your Calendar
Congratulations!New OBS Officers2023 Annual Meeting
Request for Input
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues HistoryApril 7
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
April 7

Today’s show features music performed by Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, The Crows, and Little Richard

This Week's Quote
 "I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize."
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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