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UPDATE: 2020 Local Blues Challenge
The board of directors of Ozark Blues Society would like to announce that in support of the Blues Foundation’s efforts to hold the 2021 International Blues Challenge (format yet to be determined) that meets the situation that exists next year, we will continue to pursue the option of holding a regional affiliate blues challenge to select acts for the 2021 IBC. Please remember, we welcome all competitors from a 250 mile radius to Bentonville Arkansas. Please use this link to see the area included.

We have decided at this time (July 16, 2020) to plan for a live event at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville Arkansas on our currently scheduled date of Friday, October 23, 2020, with a live feed/no audience competition that includes all state and local required distancing and sanitation measures for participants. As we move through the next few weeks we will be carefully monitoring the situation related to the SARS-Cov-2 virus and will follow all state and local health directives. If conditions dictate we reserve the right to convert our competition to an all virtual event that follows the guidelines put in place by The Blues Foundation that allow virtual competitions for affiliates in the 2020/2021 IBC cycle.

Our formal registration is not yet open, but we are asking acts to “pre-register” if they are considering attending our event so that we can build a direct contact list to assure any and all updates are communicated in a timely manner to all interested parties. Pre-registration does NOT commit you to attending our challenge. All pre-registered acts will however be given priority for available spots when registration does open. Acts will be notified by email when registration opens.

To pre-register, please send the following information to: EMAIL Sandy McCann

  • Act Name and category (Band or solo/duo)
  • Contact person name
  • Contact email
  • Contact phone number

Ozark Blues Society hopes everyone is staying home and staying safe.

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Important Statement from The Blues Foundation

Our Mission:To preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.

“This moment of grief can also be a moment of purpose."
- Brittany Packnett Cunningham

The Blues is an African American art form, originally created as an artistic expression and response to the oppression, dehumanization, and hatred this population had to endure. The Blues Foundation stands with the musicians and members of our community past and present who speak truth through music. In sadness and outrage, The Blues Foundation pays homage to the memories of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, AhmaudArbery, and all others whose lives were abruptly, unjustly, and hatefully ended. Each of these human beings was taken because of the individual and systemic racism that has pervaded the psyche of America for 400 years. We grieve with the families, and we will join the greater conversation for the eradication of racism in deference to the legacy of the Blues.

“The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.


The Board of Directors ofThe Blues Foundation

Another honor for our 2020 IBC Challengers.

Brick Fields song "Soul Of A Woman" HAS WON both the judges choice and fan choice for the Independent  the Independent Music Awards Blues S
ong of the year!!!





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About the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas

                  Keeping the Blues Alive
                      in the Natural State

The Ozark Blues Society was formed in May 2001 and incorporated as the Ozark Blues Society of NW Arkansas, Inc., a non-profit organization, on 1/15/2002.  The Society was approved as a 501(c)(3) public charity on 5/6/2002.  The Ozark Blues Society is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Ozark Blues Society is to foster the development in the community of an appreciation of all types of blues music by promoting and producing meetings, lectures, seminars, concerts, musical productions and entertainment involving the blues; to promote public knowledge of local, national, and international blues music; and to promote historical research into blues music in order to perpetuate the memory, spirit, and music of blues artists who have not received just popular recognition.


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July 31, 2020

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