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Spring Ahead
So...who is ready to spring ahead with me this weekend? Yep, it's that time of year again. Certainly not my favorite thing to participate in. Interestingly I just read
an article that the law makers in Florida passed the "Sunshine Protection Act" that, though it faces a number of procedural hurdles, would allow the state to "spring forward" and stay permanently on DST.
An interesting idea
a vacation to Florida will include
jet lag, lol! So, I say let's all just buck up and not let the loss of an hour (of sleep for most) interfere with our fun, right!?!
As I mentioned last week, there is still a bit of a lull before patio weather and summer activities begin, so this is a great time to reach out to our readers for ideas. Do you have a blues artist you would like to see featured or perhaps a recording you would like to write a review for? Please reach out to me at the email below. I would love to add more interesting articles to this newsletter. We would also like to expand out calendar to include even more of the bands and venues you, the reader, find interesting. Please, email me with information of additions you would like to see. Remember artists who are OBS members get priority listings! Not a member? Visit and join. It only costs $15 for the basic membership and your membership helps us continue our many programs.
As always,you can email me anytime at:
~Sandy McCann
 Brick Fields
Blues Therapy
has a
New Home

For any of you who have missed the long running weekly Blues Therapy listing in our calendar, we received an update from Rachel Brick. First OBS wants to wish all the best to "Bear" from Bear's Place as he recuperates and embraces retirement. What a wonderful asset Bear's Place was to the local blues community. Rachel reports, "We have relocated to Hopping John's Bistro from 6pm to 9pm (Wednesdays.) The food is great there and it's been working out...(some weeks we have) not had enough room for everyone in the music room so many will sit in the dining room and listen from there but when spring hits we'll be out on the patio where there's twice as much space. Hopping John's is a new place located at 3290 E Lee Ave. Where Nibbles use to be behind The Village Inn and between Liquor World and The Omni center. Suzie Stephens is the chef."
Please consider joining Brick Fields and their Blues Therapy family!
Recital Season
at the
University of Arkansas
One other wonderful spring event in Fayetteville is the recital season that marks the end of the semester. Most events are free to the public. A number of our favorite local artists grew their gift of music in the UA Music Program. Why not try something new and check out some of the interesting options. There is something for everybody! Follow the link below to visit the Music Department calendar:
Blues in the Schools
Once again Ozark Blues Society's Blues in the Schools program was honored to be invited to bring blues history and music as part of their curriculum to the 7th graders in the Fayetteville Public Schools. From a humble beginning
in 2012 where we met with just one teacher's language arts class, the program has really grown! In 2013 we began to have the opportunity to bring blues to a larger group, meeting with each of the three "pods" at
McNair Middle School...a total of just over
300 kids! Then in 2016, following the grade realignment in Fayetteville Schools that moved 7th grade to the Junior High Schools, our invitation expanded to both Ramay and Woodland Junior High Schools and has allowed us to reach over 600 kids each year! Ozark Blues Society wishes to thank the many dedicated blues artists over the years that have been willing to get up FAR earlier than any blues musician ever should when presenting our first class of the morning programs.
Our morning program again this year was at Woodland Junior High School and involved meeting with the entire 7th grade in the gym. Our program at Ramay involves seeing each of three groups that together comprise the entire 7th grade in  back to back presentations that begin following the last lunch period. 
Check out the photos below from last week's programs. If you are a blues artist or a teacher and have questions about how to get involved or are interested in learning more about supporting our Blues in the Schools Programs, please email Sandy McCann
The day began with a 7:15 am load in at
Woodland Junior High. Did I mention how amazing these artists are for being
willing to bring their awesome talent to these kids THAT early in the morning??



After a rousing start to the day at Woodland Junior High, it was on to Ramay Junior High for a full afternoon of presenting. Thanks once more to the Divas on Fire (in their reduced "school" group size) for making this program exceptional! Be sure to check out the last photo of Ocie dancing with one of her Ramay "fans!"




Music Calendar 
3/09 - 3/17
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.

  • Jesse Dean and Co for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Dublin Guitar Quartet at WAC in Fayetteville
  • Jimmy Wayne Garrett at The Forge in Bentonville
  • Roby Pantall Jazz at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • SoNA Pops: Fayetteville Jazz Collective at the WAC in Fayetteville
  • Buddy Shute and the Motivators at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Faculty Recital: Timothy Thompson (horn) at Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at UA in Fayetteville
  • Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
  • Richard Burnett at JJ's Grill and Chill on Steamboat in Fayetteville
  • Faculty Recital: S. Michael Schuman and Hannah Mindeman at Stella Boyles Smith Concert Hall at UA in Fayetteville
  • UofA Jazz jam with Jake Hertzog Trio at Stage 18 in Fayetteville
  • Blues Therapy with Brick Fields at Hopping John's in Fayetteville
  • Arkansas Beethoven Performance Series at Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at UA in Fayetteville

  • Serpents of Eden for Notes at Night at The Forge in Bentonville
  • Brave Soul for Happy Hour at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
  • Roger Thomas at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
  • Route 358 at The Forge in Bentonville
  • JP Soars and the Redhots at Warren's Rec Room in Alma
  • Buddy Shute and Mark Bokun at Low Gap Cafe in Ponca
Mark Your Calendar 
  • 4/5 Andy McKee at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville (SOLD OUT)
  • 4/12 Crusade and the Big Hog Band at Sunrise Stage in fayetteville
In this issue:  3/09/2018
Spring Ahead
 Brick Fields Blues Therapyhas a New Home
Recital Season at the University of Arkansas
2018Blues in the SchoolsAwesomeness!!
Music Calendar 3/09 - 3/17
On this day in Blues History March 9
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
 March 9

Today’s show features music performed by Lloyd Price and Fats Domino
This Week's Quote
"I used to love you honey, 'til you spent all my money."
 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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