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Exciting Times!
So....I admit I am making an assumption, but as a reader of this newsletter I am going to assume you love the blues and love live music. As we are now less than a month away from the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, the excitement is electrifying! Whether you are heading to Memphis for this year's Challenge or not (I hope you are!) there is a place for you to jump in and feel the excitement this month. It starts tonight with the Brick Fields Blues Therapy CD release party at Georges Happy Hour. Can't get out tonight? You can still support them as they prepare to travel to Memphis by visiting their website
or maybe you can attend the annual IBC Fundraiser held by Ozark Blues Society each year at the 21c Hotel in Bentonville. We hold this fundraiser to raise funds to support our sponsored entry to the IBC. Come and cheer Brick Field Band as they give one of their final performances before heading to Memphis. The Fundraiser is January 25th and ticket sales are now open. Please remember reserved seating IS limited. Check the article below or visit our website for more information. Again this week you will find a couple articles related to our 2020 annual meeting and elections as well as a call for input for our January Fundraiser silent auction.
  Feel I am missing an event? Just
click the link below to email Sandy.  
  And always remember, this is YOUR newsletter! Please send feedback or suggestions our way. You can reach me by email at the address below. We appreciate our readers and want
to see your ideas included! 
~Sandy McCann
Can You Help?
Silent Auction Donations Sought for January
IBC Fundriaser
During the year, Ozark Blues Society produces blues education events, holds our annual Blues Challenge, and sponsors the Challenge winners to help with the major parts of the cost of their participation in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Though we are extremely grateful for our corporate sponsors such as Clorox, The Meteor Guitar Gallery, and Arkansas Music Works, we strive to raise funds to fully cover the expenses of the programs we offer. One important part of the January fundraiser is our silent auction. Our board members support the auction with donations of items and services, but we would love to see our members and readers get involved. Think  you might have an item or service you could contribute? If so, please contact Liz Lottmann with any questions or to offer your items.
Board Nominations
and Annual Meeting
Is that time of year again....our nominating committee is accepting input of names for potential nominees for the board
of directors as well as the for the offices up for election in 2020. The annual meeting and elections will
be held in March, with the date
to be announced soon.
The offices of Vice President and Secretary are up for election for two year terms, and the currently unfilled office of treasurer is open for a one year term. Those being nominated must hold
a current membership in OBS, but
a new/renewed membership may
be initiated for a nominee who is not currently an active member but who wishes to accept a nomination. If you would like to nominate someone (or yourself) please email Bruce Barton
Mark Your Calendar
Ozark Blues Society
IBC Fundraiser

Each year Ozark Blues Society hosts a fundraiser to assist with the cost of sending our Blues Challenge winners to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. This popular event is going to once again be held at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. The date has been confirmed for Saturday, January 25, 2020. Our winning band, Brick Fields Blues Therapy will highlight the night with special guests The Downtown Livewires and the Jimmy Wayne Garrett Band. The link to purchase tickets for the event is now available. Visit
or link directly to our EventBrite Bound For Beale Ticket sales page, HERE
A limited number of sponsored reserved tables are available. Please email for more information.  
Music Calendar 
1/03 - 1/11
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.

  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy CD release and Boston Mountain Playboys for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Tontitown Winery in Tontitown
  • Ashtyn Barbaree at The Nines in Bentonville
  • The Hyrdamatics at Lefty's on Greenwood in Tulsa
  • Jenna and the Soul Shakers at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson in Fayetteville
  • Isayah Warford at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat in Fayetteville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Full House for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Framing the Red at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Ashtyn Barbaree at Fred's Country Inn in Bentonville
  • Funk Factory at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Keith Nicholson at Fred's Country Inn in Bentonville
  • Jerold Dowding Jazz at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 1/18 Matt Gilmour Band at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • 1/25 Ozark Blues Society IBC Fundraiser at 21c in Bentonville
  • 1/28-2/1 The International Blues Challenge in Memphis
  • 2/19 Cate Brother Movie Premier at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
In this issue:  1/03/2020
Exciting Times!
Can You Help?Silent Auction Donations Sought for JanuaryIBC Fundriaser
Board Nominations and Annual Meeting
Mark Your CalendarOzark Blues SocietyIBC Fundraiser
Music Calendar 1/03 - 1/11
On this day in Blues History January 3
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
 January 3

Today’s show features music performed
by Fats Domino and Leon McAuliff
This Week's Quote
“Well, I wouldn't want to say I started it (Rock and Roll),
but I don't remember anyone else before me playing that kind
of stuff.

Fats Domino
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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