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The News From Beale Street
As I write this Friday morning just hours after the announcement of which acts are going on to the semi-final round, I first want to say that Northwest Arkansas was well represented in the quarter-final competition this year.  Ozark Blues Society is proud and our supporters should be as well. The unfortunate news is that as wonderful and well received as our acts were they did not advance to the semi-final competition. The real truth is that every act at IBC is a winner. Our quote this week from last year's winner, Eddie Cotton, pretty much nails it.  It is most definitely a challenge to win.  Several acts from the AR/OK/MO region have moved on to the next round. If you want to keep tabs on them and find the the latest and greatest info on how the challenge is going be sure and visit the
page at Blues.org for the latest news.
 
Finally a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who stepped up to help support these worthy musicians prepare for the IBC. I will say it for them, "We couldn't have done it without you!"


 
Also of note, if you are not a member or if you missed the announcement of the Ozark Blues Society annual meeting and elections, check out the message from Bill Baird below.
 
As we launch into 2016 I would like to 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 smccann7@sbcglobal.net 
~Sandy McCann
Photos from the 2016 International Blues Challenge
Jimmy Wayne Garrett
Night two of quarter-finals
2016 International Blues Challenge
Venue: Silky O'Sullivans
 
 
 
 
Divas On Fire
Night two of quarter-finals
2016 International Blues Challenge
Venue: Hard Rock Cafe


 


 
Playing to a packed house!

Ozark Blues Society Annual Meeting
OBS will have our annual meeting on Monday February 8, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. at Foghorn's in Springdale. Come join us to meet board members and learn more about our plans for 2016!
 
We have available officer positions – if you would like to nominate a person for an office please submit biographical information and qualifications to bbaird07@sbcglobal.net . Nominations are due no later than January 25, 2016 – only active members may nominate a person.  Please contact me if you would like to learn more about individual officer positions and responsibilities.
 
Bill Baird
Ozark Blues Society
 With a number of significant Blues In The Schools events coming up for Ozark Blues Society we would draw your attention to the following opportunity.


You Can Support
Blues in the Schools Through


Not Too Far
From Mississippi
CD Project
Jimmy Wayne Garrett recently announced 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 gypsymagik3@gmail.com for more information.
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
Music Calendar 
1/29-2/06
01.29
  • Nace Brothers and Boss Tweed for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Silvershakers at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
  • The Odds at JJs Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
  • 32nd International Blues Challenge semi-finals in Memphis
01.30
  • Lucious Spiller at Hawaiian Brian's In Fayetteville
  • Jim Mills at JJs Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
  • Crescent City at Smoke and Barrel in Fayetteville
  • 32nd International Blues Challenge finals in Memphis
01/31
  • Claudia Burson Trio at Copelands Famous New Orleans Restaurant in Rogers
02.01
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
02.02
  • Jed Clampit at Pesto Cafe in Fayetteville
02.03
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Nomads in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
02.05
  • Bel Airs and The Odds for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
02.06
  • Earl and Them at Warrens Rec Room in Alma
 Mark Your Calendar

  • 02.08 Ozark Blues Society Annual Meeting at Foghorns in Springdale
  • 02.09 Mardi Gras Bash with Buddy Shute and the Motavatas at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
  • 02.13 Finger Food at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 02.27 Buddy Whittington at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 03.19 Chris Thomas King at The Founders Room in Alma
  • 04.02 Lucious Spiller at The Founders Room in Alma
In this issue:  1/29/2016
The News From Beale Street
Photos from the 2016 International Blues Challenge
Ozark Blues Society Annual Meeting
 With a number of significant Blues In The Schools events coming up for Ozark Blues Society we would draw your attention to the following opportunity. You Can Support Blues in the Schools Through Not Too Far From Mississippi CD Project
Music Calendar  1/29-2/06
On this day in Blues History January 29
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 29


Fats Domino

Today’s show features music performed by Tampa Red and Sarasota Slim
 
This Week's Quote
 


"It (IBC) was a very hard competition to win, because it was not just about being a good player....there are a lot of great independent artists who have their eyes on the IBC; it has awakened sleeping giants."
Eddie Cotton

First Place Winner 2015 International Blues Challenge
 
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
LINK
 
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! Ozarkbluessociety.org
 
 


 


 
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
 
http://www.songwritingcompetition.com./
 


 
 

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