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Moving on...
Just to start off calming any jitters, today's title is not about me personally, lol. The moving on I am speaking of is the forward momentum that is driven by the shift from basketball to baseball season. Along with that shift, and a nice option for local music lovers, is the kick off of concert and recital season at the University of Arkansas.
As I try to do each spring, some of these many options will be added to our music calendar to offer a way to enhance the weekly listings. The hope is these options allow local folks to experience the offerings of these young musicians.

We have one new article this week with
a link to information that shares ideas
for musicians to assist in marketing their music online. And of course another reminder that it's time to get your tickets for the April 30th IBC Fundraiser event! The featured band for the evening will
be the OBS sponsored band, The Jeff Horton Band, who will be competing
in the 2022 International Blues Challenge in Memphis May 6th through the 9th.
The Downtown Livewires and Skye Pollard will round out the music.
The limited number of reserved table seats are selling quickly, so for those
who prefer that option, please check
out the article below to access our ticketing site on EventBrite.
Again this week's articles feature information on the upcoming family friendly Black Music Expo that will be held at the Jones Center in Springdale. What a great opportunity to get out and enjoy some great music while learning more about the contributions of black artists to American music.
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 on Sale NOW!
Ozark Blues Society
2022 IBC Fundraiser
The ticket link is up and active again! Remember Limited reserved table seating is available. Once it is sold out, general admission w/o guaranteed seating will remain available, but don't miss your chance for the best seats in the house!
To order your tickets visit our Eventbrite site:
You may also visit our website to access the ticket link.
Our new date is just one week before the International Blues Challenge in Memphis so it will be a great opportunity for the NWA community to come out and hear the Jeff Horton Band as they share the music they will be taking to Memphis!

We are excited to bring this fun, annual event to the Meteor Guitar Gallery. Keep watching for more information as we finalize the details of this new event. A BIG thank you to all the great blues loving folks in NWA. We appreciate your support of Ozark Blues Society and our 2022 IBC challenger, the Jeff Horton Band.
A Great Resource
for Musicians
Once again, thanks go out to Liz Lottmann for sharing great link from BANDZOOGLE. This one is focused on "How to Make Money With Music Online."
Black Music Expo
April 15-16, 2022

Local nonprofit Music Moves is hosting a two day event celebrating Black/African American culture in Springdale at The Jones Center for Families on April 15-16, 2022. The Arkansas Black Music Expo will feature special musical performances by Grammy nominees Carl Thomas and Kirk Whalum, the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Marching Band, and additional regional artists scheduled throughout the event. Attractions for children and food trucks will also be on site.
The event kicks off Friday, April 15 with performances by the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Marching Band at 5pm; Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion at 6:30pm; Grammy nominee Carl Thomas at 8pm;
and smooth jazz bassist Michael Fields, Jr. at 9:30pm. Saturday,
April 16 the Expo continues with performances by the St. James Missionary Baptist Mass Choir at 11am; Funk Factory at 12pm; HipHop Cypher featuring DJ D. Sewell, BAANG, Spida, Big Lowe, and BabeeDee Hollywood at 1:30pm;
Zion Travelers at 2:40pm; Grammy winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum
at 4:10pm; and a DJ show finale
at 5:10pm. Food trucks will be
serving throughout the event. Additional activities include a drum making workshop hosted by Music Moves to encourage children to explore music in simple ways.
The Springdale Police and Fire Department will host a Kids’ Corner and there will be inflatables and other family attractions open to entertain children on site. The Arkansas Black Music Expo is a family-friendly event free to the public, sponsored by
the Tyson Family Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and
The Jones Center for Families.
Music Moves is committed to educating and engaging the community by making high quality performances of Black music accessible to everyone. The nonprofit partners with local organizations to bring live concerts to the community throughout the year and has recently produced and distributed curriculum showcasing Black cultural influence
in the arts to music teachers in NWA. Further information about the Arkansas Black Music Expo and other Music Moves events can be found at the Music Moves website and Facebook page. 
Amazon Smile
donating to
Ozark Blues Society
Perhaps you previously have used Amazon Smile as an option to donate to Ozark Blues Society but more recently found the link not working. Well, I am happy to report we have gotten our account updated and you may once again use Smile as a way to help OBS! So, if you shop at Amazon, next time you shop sign in at, and type in "Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas" as your favorite charity. Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchase to OBS! It's easy, and you will have the same shopping experience in your usual cart.
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
Buddy's latest project is a duo with Mark McGee. They will be representing the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society at the 2022 International Blues Challenge. Their recently released CD/EP is now available.

To learn more about the band, and Buddy's duo with Mark McGee, 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
**Read on for NEW information**
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.
Jeff reports he has some exciting gigs coming up at Good Vibrations in Rogers. There will be a new jam every other Monday from 7-9pm, beginning December 27th. Additionally, he and the band will be hosting the New Year's Eve party
at Good Vibrations this year.
Lots of fun times ahead!
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 for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Akeem Kemp Band for "Startup Crawl" on the Fayetteville Square in Fayetteville
  • UA Percussion Ensemble at Faulkner Performing Arts Center at UA in Fayetteville
  • Elizabeth Bainbridge Jazz Duo at Levi's Gastrolounge in Rogers
  • Zatarain's Bayou Bash at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at The Beer Keg in Fayetteville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Moonbroch Pub in Rogers
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at The Boar's Nest in Rogers
  • Tower of Power at WAC in Fayetteville
  • UA Chamber Violin and Viola Recital at Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
  • Vince Turner at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Eighth Blackbird with Viet Cuong and UA Wind Ensemble at Faulkner Performing Arts Center in Fayetteville
  • Adam Collins, Matt Beach and Garrett Jones for Jazz at the Undercroft Bar in Bentonville
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Moranos in Fayetteville
  • Ben Harris jazz guitar at Six-Twelve Coffeehouse and Bar in Fayetteville
  • Jenna and Friends at at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Gary Hutchison at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
  • Jazz Jam at Roots HQ in Fayetteville
  • Earl and Them for Happy our at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Arkansas Black Music Expo at the Jones Center in Springdale
  • Arkansas Black Music Expo at the Jones Center in Springdale
  • School of Rock at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
  • Keith Nicholson at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Blew Reed and the Flatheads at Hiwasse Store in Hiwasse
Mark Your Calendar 
4/30 Bound for Beale IBC Fundraiser at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/6-5/9 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN

5/8 Robert Johnson Legacy Tour with guest Tony Redman at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
5/23 Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock
Please Submit Dates for Regional Blues Artists and Group Events HERE
In this issue:  4/08/2022
Moving on...
Tickets on Sale NOW!Ozark Blues Society2022 IBC Fundraiser
A Great Resource for Musicians
Arkansas Black Music ExpoApril 15-16, 2022
Amazon Smile donating toOzark Blues Society
Support OptionsFor Local Artists
LIVE MUSICMusic Calendar 
On this day in Blues History April 8
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
 April 8

Today’s show features music performed by Peg Leg Howell, Tommy McClennan, and Lil Ed Williams
This Week's Quote
"Don’t try and change the blues, because it don’t need changing."
'Lil Ed Williams

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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