With a little over a month till the
Greater Ozark Blues Festival things are falling into place. It
is so exciting for the first time the Blues Society of the Ozarks
will be fully vested financially in the GOBF and With the new
larger location at Bass Pro Shop parking lot and a stellar line
up including the legendary John Mayall & the up & coming
Trampled Under Foot it has all the ingredients for the biggest
and best Blues Festival we have ever the priviledge to be a part
of. But as always these events don't put themselves on it takes
a brigade of volunteers to make the wheels turn. I know your saying
to yourself, how can I become of volunteer to help this event
be the best ever. It just so happens I have that information.
Pick up the phone & give me a call at 417-860-5078 or 417-833-4643
if I don't answer just leave me a message with name & number
and any preference of when you can or want to work & either
Kellie or I will get back with you or you can email us at email@example.com.
In return for a shift at the festival you get admission for the
the entire weekend and a discount on the 2008 GOBF shirt (they
are so cool). If you have already signed up thank you in advance
& if you don't hear from anyone in the next month just give
us drop us an email or give me a call so we can make sure we have
you on our list and let you know when and where to report to.
We will do the best to give everyone the time they request but
this is also based on when you volunteer so don't wait any longer
get in touch with us.
As in the past the BSO will present our annual
awards on Saturday at the GOBF. I am so proud to announce the
winners of the awards for 2008. In next month's newsletter an
article about each of the award winners will be published.
Blue Pearl Award: Mike Wallace
Don Shipps Musician Award: George Hunt
Service Award: The BSO Sound Crew: Danny Basham
Venue Award: Dogwood Tavern
Blues Preservation Award: The Bedell Family
All you motorcycle riders don't forget the annual Rumble the Blues
Away is going to be held in September (refer to the article in
this issue for all the details). Bill Eft with Chubby Customs
is planning a great poker run and John Tepiew has put together
a great line up. All proceeds are going to benefit The Blues in
the Schools program. If you have any items to donate for the raffle
or you want to volunteer to help give John a call or come to the
next BSO meeting.
Plans are underway for the Memphis Bound competition.
Jerry and the committee has decided to go back to the two preliminary
format. Check out the website or give Jerry a call to sign up
for the competition. Like last year the won't be any entry fee
for the bands or the solo/duo competition but don't wait till
the last minute because there is only so many time slots avaialble.
Don't forget this months regular monthly meeting
August 13, at the American Legion post on Scenic (behind the partion).
This meeting is a very special one the membership will decide
the charity that the Jingle the Blues Away will raise money for.
Currently we have two charities that have applied. If you have
another charity that you would like to nominatee We need a representative
from the charity or the sponsoring member may do the presentation
of the organization to inform the members of the purpose and where
the money raised will be utilized as well as to answer questions.
Brenda is going to be out of town the first of August so just
give me a call 417-860-5078 and we can get your organization on
the agenda. Each organization will give a short presentation followed
by questions by the members then we will vote on the organization.
We will do the presentations first then have a short business
The BSO is gearing up to raffle of a signed guitar
that signatures have been being gathered on. Ken and Richard will
be debuting this item soon and tickets will be available to purchase
for the drawing. Check with the merchandising table at the picnic
and at the festival to purchase your ticket for this guitar.
August 17, the third Sunday of the month we will
host our monthly picnic at Ritter Spring Park. Although the temperture
may be the hot the music will be hotter and there is lots of shade
at the park. Grab something out of the garden or throw together
a summer treat and we'll see you there. You can sign up for the
festival there as well or purchase tickets if you need them.
Cruizin for the Blues,
Pat Warford, President