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Black History Month and Blues Education
Though there may be those among our readers who do not favor the celebration of Black History Month, as a blues education presenter the focus on the contributions of Blacks to American History does offer an opportunity for Ozark Blues Society to be invited into the local schools to share how blues music developed. This month we are planning presentations that will bring the history and form of the blues to the entire 7th grade of Fayetteville Public Schools! As the oldest public school district in the state and one of the first two districts to desegregate (prior to the Central High School crisis) I consider it an honor for Ozark Blues Society to have such an invitation.  The programs are planned for late in February.  Keep an eye on this newsletter for more on Ozark Blues Society and Blues in the Schools.
 
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 in the article 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
Recapping the 2016 International Blues Challenge
The 2016 International Blues Challenge wrapped up last Saturday night with the announcements of the winners of the finals which were held at the beautiful Orpheum Theater in Memphis.  The list of winners and more can be found at BLUES.ORG. Though none of our local winners advanced to the finals it was obvious they received much attention while playing on Beale Street. 
With my volunteer assignments all week my ability to get good photos of our local acts was indeed limited.  If you attended and have photos to share, please contact me at smccann7@sbcglobal.net so I can share more in the Newsletter and on the OBS website. The photos that follow are a snippet of what those of us at IBC experienced.
 
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!

Monday Night!
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
Music Calendar 
2/05-2/13
02.05
  • Bel Airs and The Odds for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Eric Matthews Band at JJs Grill and Chill in Ft Smith
02.06
  • Earl and Them at Warrens Rec Room in Alma
  • Mark Bokun, Buddy Shute, and Lee Christenson at Law Gap Cafe in Ponca
02/07
  • Claudia Burson Trio at Copelands Famous New Orleans Restaurant in Rogers
02.08
  • Ozark Blues Society Annual Meeting at Foghorns in Springdale 6pm
02.09
  • Buddy Shute and the Motavatas for Mardi Gras Bash at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
  • Crescent City Combo at Maxine's in Fayetteville
  • Jed Clampit at Pesto Cafe in Fayetteville
02.10
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Bear's Place in Fayetteville
02.11
  • Pat Ryan Key for Notes at Night at Onyx Coffee Lab in Bentonville
02.12
  • Earl and Them and Mudhawk for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Brick Fields and KALO at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
02.13
  • Keith Nicholson Trio at JJs Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Finger Food at The Founders Room in Alma
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs
 Mark Your Calendar

  • 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
  • 04.05 JJ Grey and Mofro at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
In this issue:  2/5/2016
Black History Month and Blues Education
Recapping the 2016 International Blues Challenge
Monday Night!Ozark Blues Society Annual Meeting
Music Calendar 2/05-2/13
On this day in Blues HistoryFebruary 5
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
February 5


Fats Domino

Today’s show features music performed by
Willie Mabon and
Will Shade
 
This Week's Quote
 


"I have always marveled how such an unfree people as blacks in America created the freest forms in America, such as blues and jazz."
Cornel West
 
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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