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2015 NW Arkansas Blues Challenge

Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas is hosting their annual “BLUES CHALLENGE

What: Blues Challenge, a competition sponsored by the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas in affiliation with the International Blues Challenge presented each year by the Blues Foundation

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015; 6:00 pm -11:30 pm

Where: Fayetteville, Arkansas at George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson Street

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: EXTENDED to September 30, 2015

On October 14, 2016, the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas will host its Annual Blues Challenge at George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The society is seeking submissions from Blues bands and solo/duo artists to compete in this event.

The acts entered in the challenge will each perform a 20-minute set in a randomly chosen order, which will be announced just prior to the start of the competition. There will be two winners announced on the night of the competition — one band and one solo/duo act. Winners will then be eligible to compete at the four-day 32nd International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis on January 26 through January 30, 2016.

The Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas will sponsor and reserve the following IBC lodging accommodations for our Blues Challenge winners (no cash value):

  1. Solo/Duo Act: 1 Hotel room (4 nights) located near the Beale Street Entertainment District

  2. Band Act: 2 Hotel rooms (4 nights) located near the Beale Street Entertainment District

The October 14th competition will be judged by professionals in the blues music business, such as professional musicians, music media writers, music promoters, blues radio show hosts, and/or officers from other blues societies surrounding Northwest Arkansas.

Important Criteria: Registration for the Blues Challenge is open to all members of The Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas. At least one member of each act entering the challenge needs to be a current member of the society. Not a member? Register from this website’s home page before submitting your blues challenge application.

Application fees to enter the Blues Challenge are $25 for a solo/duo act and $50 for a band. Blues Challenge Submissions must be received by Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

Questions about the blues challenge can also be sent by email to: lrs100676@gmail.com.

More information about the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas’ Blues Challenge can be found at http://www.ozarkbluessociety.org/Blues_Challenge.html. Information about the Blues Foundation and the 2015 International Blues Challenge information can be found at the Blues Foundation’s website http://www.blues.org.

Contact: Leah R. Spears-Blackmon, Event Coordinator / Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas

Lrs100676@ gmail.com or 479.871.5212

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