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In the Middle of....
 Almost mid-December and everything to me feels like halfway there. My Christmas shopping is done, and gifts to away family were shipped this week....but there are still gifts to be wrapped for others. The tree is up with lights, but no ornaments are on it. For blues stuff, the Ozark Blues Society IBC Fundraiser is all planned, tickets are now on sale, but for the board, there are still a slew of things to do to assure a seamless execution. It's all good stuff, but just a lot of loose ends to look after. Anyone else having the same experience? My observation is that it is very common with everything that we all tend to have going on this time of year!
As noted last week, for the holidays, we include a few special holiday music events in our calendar below. These community events are clearly not blues, but are (mostly) free events that will help you get your holiday spirit revved up.

New to the articles this week is the information about our January fundraiser and links to the ticket sales. Remember, reserved seating is limited. Again this year, due to the dates for IBC and holiday schedules, our fundraiser will occur AFTER the International Blues Challenge. The event is still a very important fundraiser for our account that pays the sponsorship awards to our IBC entries. Please consider joining us and helping
us to keep our Blues Challenge sponsorship awards available in future years. Read on below for more information.
Continuing this week, don't miss the call for submissions for nominations for board elections that will occur in early 2022
at our annual meeting. More information
is found below. Also take note of the article sharing that this is the final weekend of Marie and Rosetta at Theatre Squared. A link to a review of the play
by Arkansas Traveler Editor, Sarah Komar, has also been added.
As a continued reminder, since blues news kind of drops off this time of year, we are always looking for articles from readers. If you have a blues history topic, blues event, of an artist or their music you wish to share a review of, drop Sandy an email so she can help you share.

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
Tickets Now On Sale!
IBC sponsorship fund
2022 Fundraiser  
Get your tickets for reserved seating now! Seats are limited! Visit our website or click the link below:

Limited sponsored tables are also available. Email Liz Lottmann for more information
Nominations Open OBS Board Officers
2022-24 Term
Each year the OBS board of directors holds an election for two officer positions. For the upcoming (early 2022) election we will be voting on vice-president and secretary. Terms run for two years with President and Treasurer elected in the alternating years. A nominating committee has been formed and will be receiving nominations until January 7, 2022. They will present their nominees at the January 11, 2022 board meeting. The slate
of nominees will be presented to the membership following that meeting
and the annual meeting date and time (likely in February) will be announced.
Anyone, may submit recommendations
to the nominating committee prior to January 7th. Once the nominating committee has submitted their slate of nominees, OBS members in good standing may nominate other members prior to the annual meeting. All nominees must be members of OBS and agree to attend a required number of meetings (some may be virtual as needed.)
To contact the nominating committee, email, Liz Lottmann at:
or Bill Baird at:
Final Weekend
Theatre Squared
Marie and Rosetta
The reviews are coming in with resounding love of this play about Arkansas's own Sister Rosetta Tharpe! (Check out the review by Arkansas Traveler editor, Sarah Komar here: Marie and Rosetta Review)
Follow guitar playing music pioneer, Sister Rosetta, as she rehearses with her young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duos in musical history.
Tickets are STILL available for both live and streaming performances for this final weekend.
For more information and to purchase tickets, Visit: WWW.THEATRE2.ORG/marie-and-rosetta
Support Options
For Local Artists
Please check this section of the newsletter weekly for ideas of how to support local musicians and venues. Submissions are being reduced to contact information this week as we restart the Live Music Calendar.

Jimmy Wayne Garrett

For more information about Jimmy Wayne Garrett, his schedule, recent interviews, or buy the latest album, visit:
His music may also be found HERE:
YouTube link  *****
Buddy Shute and the Motivators  
Buddy Shute and the Motivators live at the Eureka Springs Auditorium on YouTube: LiveAtTheAud

To learn more about the band, visit:

Facebook: Buddy Shute and the Motivators
Brick Fields
 Famous for Blues Therapy
We have released a single from the upcoming album. Here is a link to the video "Take Me To the Riverside"
Once live music begins again, folks can stay updated on our concerts by signing up to our email at and following us on Facebook at: 
We also have two stores on our website one for music merchandise and another for Blues Therapy handmade items such as essential oil blends, Jewelry, tie dyes, bath salts, body butters and more.
Thank you for  your support.
I pray that each of you and your families are all doing okay through this. 
The Jeff Horton Band
Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, the
Jeff Horton Band definitely has
a passion for the Blues! For the last
10 years Jeff and the guys have done their part in sharing the Blues as much as possible, treating their fans to an enjoyable experience.
Please follow the band on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and on their webpage, THEJEFFHORTONBAND.COM for information about the album and when and where you can catch them live!
Music Calendar 
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. Submit weekly listings by emailing: SANDY

  • Ultra Suede with Swade Diablos for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Samara Joy for the Starrlight Jazz Series at WAC in Fayetteville
  • Marie and Rosetta at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville
  • Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans for Holidaze on Block in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Marie and Rosetta at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville
  • A Very SoNA Christmas at WAC in Fayetteville
  • Super Saturday: Christmas Concert with Troy Schremmer at Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
  • Ocie Fisher at JJ's Grill and Chill in Springdale
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • The Snowman: A Family Concert at WAC in Fayetteville
  • Marie and Rosetta at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville
  • Adam Collins, Matt Beach and Garrett Jones for Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris jazz guitar at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Bel Airs for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Beth Stockdell Holiday Harp at Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
  • Jenna and Friends at Moonboch in Rogers
  • Pinetop Renegades at Wanderloo Lodge and Bar in Eureka Springs
  • Cate Brothers annual Birthday concert hosted by Dawn Cate Band at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
Mark Your Calendar 
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  12/10/2021
In the Middle of....
Tickets Now On Sale!IBC sponsorship fund2022 Fundraiser  
Nominations Open OBS Board Officers2022-24 Term
Final WeekendTheatre SquaredpresentsMarie and Rosetta
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History December 10
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
 December 10

Today’s show features music performed by Duke Ellington and Fats Domino
This Week's Quote
"A problem is a chance to do your best."
Duke Ellington
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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