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 Top Notch Weekend!
 We have now officially kicked off summer and wow, look what we have to enjoy in live music events! The AMP is going full steam, Roger's Railyard Live season kicks off tonight with local favorites Oreo Blue and Green Acres. Fayetteville Library kicks off their Mountain Street Stage Series this Sunday with more local favorites, Buddy Shute and the Motivators, and Fayetteville's Gully Park Concert series kicks off next week. Of course blues lovers are going to want to be in Eureka Springs this weekend for the 2023 Eureka Springs Blues Party! Quite literally, something for everyone!

 Wanting more information? For those interested in the various concert series options, visit these sites to find the many options: WALMART AMP , RAILYARD LIVE 2023, GULLY PARK CONCERT 2023
Also, you can always check out our calendar below. We compile listings from local community calendars for our partner artists and venues throughout the area. Perhaps you are not seeing your favorite blues artist or venue listed? Remember, artists and fans alike may send us blues event listings that may not appear in these calendars for events happening in the upcoming week by emailing SANDY.

News articles back this week are all the news about the Eureka Springs Blues Festival and we are continuing the weekly Blues History feature from Big Train and the Loco Motives. I am STILL loving about you? You can check them out below to find out even more.
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? 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
Submitted by Mark Pofelski
Greetings BLUES-lovers! Here’s an event that you don’t want to miss out on.
Starting Thursday, June 1st and ending
on Sunday, June 4th, Eureka Springs
will be the place to be to hear all the BLUES YOU CAN USE!

When I retired and relocated to Eureka Springs 10 years ago from Chicago’s south side, I was more than pleased to find out there was an annual Blues Festival. Many fine bands were  featured like The Robert Cray Band, The Nighthawks, Chicago Blues Review, Cedric Burnside, Victor Wainwright & the Train, J.P. Soars and many others. Also I discovered many local talents and of course, The Ozark Blues Society. Then came the pandemic. Just about everything was cancelled or delayed. But now, the BLUES are BACK for the first time in three years! On Thursday the 1st, Los Roscoes gets things started at the Gravel Bar. They are a relatively undiscovered band with their own personal style of BLUES and have just released their first CD. Consisting of guitarist David Blankenship, bassist Adam “Gordo” Moraga and drummer Wes Bowlin, there is no doubt they will get you into party mode with their combination of original tunes and innovative interpretations of classic blues compositions. They will play from 5pm to 8pm and then it’s time to dash over to the Barefoot Ballroom at the Basin Park Hotel for Red Oak Ruse & the Lucas Parker Band. Lucas has been tearing it up lately
all over the region with his aggressive guitar presentation. That begins at 8pm. After that, it’s over to Chelsea’s to hear Hector Anchondo beginning at 10pm. How’s that for a start of the Party! 
On Friday the 2nd, Free Live Music
in Basin Park (band TBA) at 2pm. Local legends Earl & Them with Jesse Dean
will perform at the Basin Park Hotel Game Room at 6pm. The Gravel Bar features
96 Miles at 7pm. One of the weekend’s highlights begin at 7:30pm at The Auditorium. Performances by Oklahoma native Ray Wylie Hubbard, who has recorded for both Warner Bros. and Rounder Records beginning in the mid ’60’s with his combination of Americana, Blues and Rock styles and also Queen of the New Orleans blues piano and Texas native Marcia Ball with her energetic style. You are liable to hear zydeco, swamp blues, Louisiana blues and boogie during her set. She was awarded "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" for her albums Presumed Innocent (2002) and So Many Rivers (2004). The same year she also won "Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year-Female." She won the "Best Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards" again in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. The BMA for Keyboards has since been renamed the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award and Ball has won it in 2012 and 2015. Her 2003 Alligator release, So Many Rivers, was nominated for a Grammy as were Live! Down The Road (2005) and Peace, Love & BBQ (2008). She was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2018. Finally to wrap it up for Friday will be the Funk Factory at the Basin Park Barefoot Ballroom beginning at 10pm. Quoting the description from their web site, “The Funk Factory has been funking up the Midwest since 2017 delivering their unique take on psychedelic rock, funk, reggae, blues, country, and more! They have made a name for themselves with strong female and male lead vocals, saucy keyboards, soaring guitar leads, and a groovy backbeat plus a ridiculously fun live energy! The band focuses on mostly original music and is constantly introducing new material. 2020 saw the band release 2 EPs and another will be on the way soon!” On Saturday the 3rd, Free Live Music in Basin Park at 2pm and also the Basin Park Hotel Game room at 4pm (bands TBA). Local celebrity band Brick Fields with their Brick Fields Duo along with VIP Wine Tasting at 5pm and again at 7pm. At 6pm it’s Los Roscoes (who began it all on Thursday) will perform at the Basin Park Barefoot Ballroom. An 8pm show after Los Roscoes at the Barefoot Ballroom will feature a show (band TBA) then10pm brings The King Cabbage Brass Band to the Barefoot Ballroom. To quote from their web site, “Coming out of Covid in June of 2021, King Cabbage Brass Band is a New Orleans inspired
brass band finding its own sound in Tulsa. Since arriving on the music scene, KCBB has taken the city by storm with its infectious blend of classic brass band tunes, along with plenty of modern covers.
Their sound fuses the popular
New Orleans brass band style with
an eclectic blend of pop, R&B, hip-hop, and funk. KCBB is on a mission to bring people together, party, and forget
their problems through joyful music!” 
On both Saturday night and Sunday the 4th, live music will be featured in venues all over Eureka Springs including The Gravel Bar and Chelsea’s. 
So get ready, BLUES LOVERS, the first four days of June will be ALL THE BLUES (and FUNK) YOU CAN USE at the EUREKA SPRINGS BLUES PARTY!! For tickets, further information and updates, go to
Weekly Blues History Presented by
Big Train and the
Loco Motives
Thank you Big Train Blues for permission to access and share these presentations! Find these weekly videos and more when you visit, like and follow Big Train and the Loco Motives at BIGTRAINBLUES.COM
HEY BLUES FANS - Here's the latest episode of "This Week In The Blues" for the week of May 28 through June 3, 2023. Some of the highlights include blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, blues pianist Lafayette Leake, and Memphis Minnie.
Photo credits (if known) and past episodes are posted on our YouTube page:
Watch this week's episode HERE
If you like blues history, Jimbo "Big Train" Madsen does a daily blues history post on the Big Train and the Loco Motives Facebook Page 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

  • Elizabeth Bainbridge Jazz Duo at the Inn at Carnall Hall in Fayetteville
  • Oreo Blue and Green Acres for Railyard Live Concert Series in Rogers
  • Sonic Guild at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Motivator Trio at Gotahold Brewing in Eureka Springs
  • Eureka Springs Blues Party in Eureka Springs
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at the Rowdy Beaver Tavern in Eureka Springs
  • Buddy Shute Trio at Missy's White Rabbit in Eureka Springs
  • Eureka Springs Blues Party in Eureka Springs
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators for Mountain Street Stage Music Series at the Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
  • Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society's Jazz in Bloom 2023 at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
  • Eureka Springs Blues Party in Eureka Springs
  • Forte Quintet at Lady Slipper in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Jake Hertzog Band at Hubbard Clothing in Rogers
  • Nate Hancock and JP the Rockstar at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Earl and Them for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • KALO with the Downtown Livewires at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields with the Handshake Saints for Railyard Live Series in Rogers
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Ozark Folkways Center in Winslow
 Mark Your Calendar
6/16 Soul Starz Tour at the Juke Joint Project at the Pryor Center in Fayetteville

6/17 Ohio Players, Funk Factory and more for the Freedom Festival at Shiloh Square in Springdale
6/22 Songwriters in the Round at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
6/23 School of Rock at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
6/27 Chris Duarte at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
7/01 Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In This Issue 6/02/2023
 Top Notch Weekend!
Weekly Blues History Presented by Big Train and the Loco Motives
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues HistoryJune 2
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
June 2

Today’s show features music by Virginia Liston, Lowell Fulson, and Ray Charles

This Week's Quote
 "Dreams, if they're any good, are always a little bit crazy."
Ray Charles
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


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