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Small But Mighty!
Registration has closed and the Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge is only a week away! Our challenge this year has a smaller number of acts than we have fielded in the past but we are still excited! With a couple acts having to drop out due to conflicts, we will be presenting only three bands for our challenge this year. But don't let that discourage you! They are killer bands and you won't want to miss them. To make the evening even more worthwhile, The Downtown Livewires (our 2017 Blues Challenge winners) have graciously agreed to close out our evening, playing a set of their awesome blues after the final competitor performs. So, definitely a don't miss night!
Read on below for more information
about our 2019 competitors as well as
the link for advance tickets.

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~Sandy McCann
Meet the Challengers!
Ozark Blues Society
2019 Blues Challenge
  The 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis is little more than three months away and the competition is heating up already! As an affiliate of the Blues Foundation, the Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge offers the opportunity for local/regional bands to win a qualifying round that will give them a spot to compete in Memphis. The OBS Challenge will be held Friday, October 25th at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville.
And this year's competitors are...

Blew Reed and the Flatheads
Blew Reed and The Flatheads, formed in 2010, whose members are "Blew Reed" (lead singer, harmonica players);Terry "Dajo" Rosenbaum (lead guitar, vocals); Jason "Cheecho" Freeman (bass); ,and Chongo "The Manchild" Bailey (drums),.This is a must see Blues band that has and still is performing at many blues festivals and local venues. Every place they have played they have been booked back by popular request of their fans. If you got the dough, we'll bring the show.

Brick Fields Blues Therapy

The music of Arkansas band Brick Fields, fronted by the invigorating voice of Rachel Fields, has been called many things by their fans but the description that has taken the strongest root after 12 years is “Blues Therapy”. The Brick Fields Blues Therapy foundation are married couple Rachel Fields and Larry Brick. Each having longtime careers in various worlds of music before meeting one another, each brought a lot to the table when combining their talents in 2006. Since 2012 Brick Fields Blues Therapy has been NWA’s longest running weekly live music event featuring a mix of Arkansas Blues and Roots music. BFBT takes place every Wednesday at Morano’s in South Fayetteville, AR from 6pm to 9pm. Though the band’s original music exceeds many genres, Brick Fields has been known for keeping the root of blues alive and well in NWA and the surrounding region. Their ability to provide timeless music that is pleasing to the ears of all ages has made them one of the most treasured obscurities in their region’s music community and keeps them working more than 225 shows a year. Although both Rachel and Larry are Arkansas born natives, (Rachel of Pine Bluff, Larry of West Memphis), Brick Fields core band "The Blues Therapy Group" include a variety of regionally influenced musicians. Kevin Bonner of NWA joined Brick Fields in 2013. He honed his drumming chops in the Cate Bro's garage and has been the backbone for numerous of NWA most loved bands. Bass player, Hoobie Daniels, of Southern Mississippi joined Brick Fields in 2016 after retiring from Austin to the Ozark Mountains where he is continuing his musical journey. Chris Parker of Tulsa, OK joined Brick Fields in 2014 and adds his guitar stylings who's influences range largely between Chet Atkins and BB King. Hunter Judkins, sax-player joined Brick Fields in 2014 after moving to NWA from Alaska. They all came together through the creative Wednesday night Blues Therapy sessions. Comfortable with themselves and numerous surprise guests, it not unusual at a Brick Fields show for the night to end with as few or as many as 20 players on stage. Musician’s musicians Brick Fields has been called a magnet for other musicians and music lovers alike Ever evolving, this couple’s original music can charm venues in an intimate relaxed setting with the acoustic duo telling stories of musical roots or bring a full-on band experience that brings the house to its feet.

Jimmy Wayne Garrett Band
Jimmy Wayne Garrett was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas. Music has always been an integral part of his life. In church it was hymnals sung by choir, at home his father would introduce him to artists such as The Allman Brothers and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Being interested in music growing up eventually led to the tinkering of pianos that were at church or in the homes of family members, and also playing the trumpet for a few years in Middle School and Junior High. At the age of 13, he began to learn to play the guitar on a century-old classical guitar that his grandfather, Jim Lane Garrett, bought for him at an auction almost a decade earlier. At 17, after being involved with a band at his church for sometime, he started writing songs and playing with groups that weren’t church bands. Since then, he has been playing locally in Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding areas, and has been invited to compete at the International Blues Challenge twice. Once as the guitarist for West Street Blues Band, and once as a solo act. He also has released two solo albums, and an album with a 3 piece band.

For advance tickets, visit:
Music Calendar 
10/18 - 10/26
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.

  • Bel Airs and One for the Money for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Tony Alvarez at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Simeon Basil at The Nines in Bentonville
  • House of Songs x Tacodeli Songwriter Sessions at Tacodeli in Bentonville
  • Jenna and the Soul Shakers at Kingfish Bar in Fayetteville
  • Buddy Shute at House of Songs Songwriter Showcase at Midtown Associates in Springdale
  • Hollywood Riot at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Massimo and Gloria at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Jon Dooly at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • The Old Maid and the Thief at Haxton Road Studios in Bentonville
  • John Calvin Abney and Jamie Lou at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville

  • Jazz Night at Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • NWA Jazz Showcase: Honey Collective at West and Watson in Fayetteville
  • Debbie Horn at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Morano's in Fayetteville
  • Isayah Warford at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat in Fayetteville
  • Roger Thomas at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Ultra Suede for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Steve Dimmitt at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat in Fayetteville
  • Zac Brown Band at the AMP in Rogers
  • Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
  • Ashtyn Barbaree at The Nines in Bentonville
  • The Band Woodland at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Morano's in Fayetteville
  • Hi-Lux at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Will Brand at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 11/2 Testify: A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn with Nathan Bryce and Loaded Dice at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 11/2 Dandelion Heart at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
  • 11/4 Dandelion Heart at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 11/9 Diva Fest: Fundraisor for NWA Women's Shelter at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 11/16 Celebrating 50 years of the Cate Brothers at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
In this issue:  10/18/2019
Small But Mighty!
Meet the Challengers!Ozark Blues Society2019 Blues Challenge
Music Calendar 10/18 - 10/26
On this day in Blues History October 18
This Week's Quote
Blues Education Supporters
Check Out these regular local radio programs
Get Involved with the Ozark Blues Society

Links You Can Use

On this day
in Blues History
 October 18

Today’s show features music performed by James P. Johnson and Blind Willie McTell
This Week's Quote
"I jump'em from
other writers but I arrange 'em my
own way."

Blind Willie McTell
Blues Education Supporters
Thanks to the following for their support of blues education.

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
Block Street Records
Blues For A Cause
Blues Festivals Guide
Blues Guitar News
Crystal Bridges
Downtown Bentonville
Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
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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