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I Know Where I'm Going to Be Tonight...
...And how about you? Three weeks from tonight I am going to be in Memphis volunteering as a venue coordinator for the International Blues Challenge semi-finals night.  For those of us at IBC we will already have enjoyed the two nights of quarter-finals and will be looking toward the night of finals on Saturday! ...but WAIT!  There are several more things to be accomplished here in Northwest Arkansas before our local challengers as well as fans hit the road for Memphis!  My to do list starts with tonight's Divas On Fire Happy Hour fundraiser at George's Majestic Lounge and wraps up with the final Ozark Blues Society Fundraiser at
the 21c Museum Hotel on January 23rd.
I hope to see many of you there too!

Many of you have already stepped up to helps and I want to take a moment to thank you for jumping in and supporting our local challenge winners and our society to fund this adventure. I know it is a cliche statement, but we couldn't do it without you! It is very clear that IBC contestants do best when they go to Memphis fully funded and READY to engage completely not only in the business of competing but also in the unrivaled opportunity to network with everybody who is anybody in the blues world. If you haven't had an opportunity to pitch in and help, it's not too late.  Read on for more information about current and upcoming fundraising efforts.

As we launch into 2016 I would like once more to ask artists and readers to please link me up to events you have or know about, especially if the events aren't posted to the local calendars. And of course if you have ideas or comments on this newsletter, you know the deal, e-mail me anytime at 
~Sandy McCann

Divas On Fire Fundraiser
With a fundraising house concert under their belts and an ongoing GoFundMe page the Divas On Fire bring their competitive magic to George's Majestic Lounge tonight to give their fans a sample of what they are taking to Beale Street. Why not come out and join the fun while you help support this NWA Supergroup!
Bentonville Concert and Fundraiser for
Divas On Fire
January 16, 2016
A don't miss opportunity for our Benton County blues fans.  And all you faithful fans, don't forget you can go to ALL of these concerts!

Yet Another Opportunity
For Faithful Diva Fans!
The Divas on Fire now have a GoFundMe page.  Please check out how you can help send these ladies and their band to Memphis!
Jimmy Wayne Garrett
Not Too Far From Mississippi CD Project

An ANNOUNCEMENT was made this week by Jimmy Wayne Garrett that all profits from ONLINE SALES of his new CD will be donated to Blues In The Schools.  Jimmy is an avid supporter and regular performer for Ozark Blues Society's educational outreach. Please support his endeavors through his GoFundMe account or through the purchase of a copy of his new CD.  Email Jimmy at for more information.
As an artist who has been to the International Blues Challenge, Jimmy Wayne Garrett knows that there is much more to the experience than just being in the competition. Jimmy knows that having a CD of your work to share with promoters and to sell to new fans is a BIG benefit. Jimmy will be participating in the January 23rd Road to Memphis Fundraiser, however funds raised that night will be used by Ozark Blues Society to pay lodging costs for Jimmy in Memphis.  So, let's step up and show Jimmy some love by helping support his fundraising efforts that are needed to produce his CD. Check out the link below to share your support.
Jimmy Wayne Garrett Not Too Far From Mississippi CD GoFundMe
Two Weeks Away!
Road to Memphis Fundraiser
Ozark Blues Society is excited to announce our Road to Memphis
Concert and Fundraiser is scheduled!  We are privileged to have the support
of the Downtown Bentonville Inc,
the 21c Museum Hotel, and
The Clorox Company. 
Last Year's fundraiser was a near sell out so you may want to plan ahead!
Links to Follow your local favorites as they go to
the IBC in Memphis!
Don't forget to follow our winners on their journeys!
Solo/Duo Winner:

Band Winner:
Divas On Fire
Perhaps you want to make plans to go cheer them on at the IBC in Memphis!  Remember, special rate rooms are available through the
Tickets can be bought as a pass that includes all the competition events or individually as wristbands on Beale Street and in the participating clubs each night of quarter and semi finals. If available after pass sales, tickets may be bought for Saturday's finals at the Orpheum Theatre. Check out IBC Tickets HERE.
Music Calendar 
  • Divas On Fire Happy Hour Fund Raiser plus Bill Dollar and Loose Change for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Leslie Serrano at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Earl and Them at Smoke and Barrel in Fayetteville
  • Tyrannosauras Chicken at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
  • Claudia Burson Trio at Copelands Famous New Orleans Restaurant in Rogers
  • Jed Clampit at Pesto Cafe in Fayetteville
  • Nate Hancock at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
  • Nate Hancock at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
  • Candy Lee for Notes At Night at Bentonville Brewing Company in Bentonville
  • Dawn Cate and the BKP Rhythm Kings and Flashback for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • The Odds at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
  • Take Cover at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
  • Michael Tisdale at JJ's Grill and Chill in Rogers
  • Divas on Fire concert and fundraiser at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
 Mark Your Calendar

  • 01.23 Ozark Blues Society Road to Memphis Fundraiser at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville
  • 01.23 Duo Sonics for Play it Forward at The Walmart Museum in Bentonville
  • 01.26 to 01-30 International Blues Challenge in Memphis
  • 01.30 Lucious Spiller at Hawaiian Brian's In Fayetteville
  • 02.13 Finger Food at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 02.27 Buddy Whittington at The Founders Room in Alma
In this issue:  1/8/2016
I Know Where I'm Going to Be Tonight...
UPDATEJimmy Wayne GarrettNot Too Far From Mississippi CD Project
Two Weeks Away!Road to Memphis Fundraiser
Links to Follow your local favorites as they go to the IBC in Memphis!
Music Calendar 1/08-1/16
On this day in Blues HistoryJanuary 8
This Week's Quote
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 8

Fats Domino

Today’s show
features music performed by Clara Smith and Tampa Red
This Week's Quote

"Pop music is aspirin and the blues are vitamins."

Peter Tork

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
Blues For A Cause
Blues Festivals Guide
Blues Guitar News
Crystal Bridges
Downtown Bentonville
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


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

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