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 Often Amazed
Do you ever visit the "On This Day in Blues History" link in the column to the right and after listening in, go on a deeper dig into the artist(s) who are featured?
I do occasionally and repeatedly find myself amazed at the achievements
of the featured artists. I have held a sincere long standing (since high school) interest in Paul Robeson. Why? Well, two reasons actually. Having been raised in the river city of Peoria Illinois, and embracing my first job at age 16 as a deckhand on the steamboat Julia Belle Swain drew me to all things river oriented. This was enhanced by a production of Showboat at my HS (1975 I think it was) that featured a young black baritone student singer who took on Robeson's role in the play and delivered a powerful rendition of "Old Man River" that was simply mesmerizing. Would love to hear from readers about the blues history you have learned from the "On This Day" website/Facebook page. And don't forget, though we post the Friday version here, the website offers a new featured
artist (or artists) every day!

Articles are returning this week featuring the article containing information about the Kansas City Blues Society's annual fundraising raffle of a set of tickets for the January 2024 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. Who couldn't get excited about a Caribbean Cruise in the middle of winter! We also continue to feature the call for newsletter submissions. We could increase the variety of articles and content if we had regular reporters or reviewers submitting for this newsletter. Please check out the article below to learn more about how you can get involved. 

It's always important to say, this is YOUR newsletter! No time to submit complete articles? Why not consider sharing dates for your favorite artists? Often, some get left out when our newsletter is complied due to the listings not being included in the community calendars we use. 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
KC Blues Society
Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise
2023 Raffle
NWA Blues lovers! Don't miss
your chance to enter our sister society's fundraising raffle. Read
on for all the details.
The Kansas City Blues Society (KCBS) is selling cruise raffle tickets to Roger Naber’s Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, which sets sail January 28-February 4, 2024, from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to the Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Mexico, and Roatan, Honduras on Holland America’s ms Niew Statendam!! This cruise is sold out and there’s a waiting list of over 200.
Cruise raffle tickets are $20/ticket and only 500 are printed. The winning ticket includes a cabin for 2 people with a value of $3760. (The winning ticket does not include transportation to or from Ft. Lauderdale). You may also purchase tickets at: or by mail at: Kansas City Blues Society, P.O. Box 32396, Kansas City, MO 64171.
Once again, it’s a fantastic lineup that will make any Blues Lover’s heart swoon.
Taj Mahal Quartet, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, et, Ana Popovic, Victor Wainwright & the Train, Albert Cummings, Mitch Woods, Danielle Nicole band, Mr. Sipp, Phantom Blues band, Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind, Bette Smith Sextet, Mike Welch band, Dawn Tyler Watson, Dave Gross & Pat Harrington, Super Chikan & Terry Harmonica Bean, Eden Brent, Daryl Davis, Billy Branch, Keb’ MO Band, Christone Kingfish Ingram, Shemekia Copeland, Eric Gales, Albert Cummings, Toronzo Cannon, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, John Primer band, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, King Solomon Hicks, Frank Sultana, 2023 IBC solo winner, Kelly Hunt, Deanna Bogart, with many more to be announced later.
The winning ticket will be drawn at the Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Dance on November 23, 2023.
For questions, please call Betty Berry at (816) 510-0499 or email at
Request for Input 
This request has gone out before, but after being treated to some cool stories from Fayetteville music history at from the Rockwood Club restoration team recently, 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

  • Earl and Them for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Paul Thorn at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville
  • UA World Music Ensemble for "Weekend Starts" at the Lower Ramblw in Fayetteville
  • Home Sweet Home 2023 House Show Music Festival in Bentonville
  • Tedeschi/Trucks Band at Simmons Bank Arena in Little Rock
  • The Motivator Trio at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Ozark Highballers and Pura Coco at The Juke Joint Project at the Pryor Center in Fayetteville
  • SoNA 'Evoking Folklore' at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • The Roots at The Momentary in Bentonville
  • Home Sweet Home 2023 House Show Music Festival in Bentonville
  • NWA Jazz All-Stars Youth Ensemble at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • University Symphony Orchestra at Faulkner Performing Arts at UA 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 
  • Ozark Wind Quintet and Fayette Junction Bassoons at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville
  • Leah and the Mojo Doctors for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Parker McCollum/Larry Fleet at the AMP in Rogers
  • Tedeschi/Trucks Band at Simmons Bank Arena in Little Rock
 Mark Your Calendar
5/12 Earth Bone at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/13 Billy Jeter and the Shine Eye Band at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/16 Emily Nenni @ The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/17 Black Joe Lewis at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
5/19 Of Sea and Stone at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/19-20 Mavis Staples and more for FreshGrass at the Momentary in Bentonville
5/20 School of Rock at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/22 Fayetteville Jazz Collective Big Band at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
5/23 Songwriters in the Round at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/26 TV Preacher/Bell Wether Sirens/Maximum Weekend at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
6/4 Jazz in Bloom 2023 at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In This Issue 4/28/2023
 Often Amazed
KC Blues SocietyLegendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise2023 Raffle
Request for Input 
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues HistoryApril 28
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 28

Today’s show features music owned by Paul Robeson

This Week's Quote
 "Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice."
Paul Pobeson
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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