Ozark Mountain Blues Boys Nov. 11th is final act in Main Street Batesville’s Concert Series (Posted by Ginger Smith)

Main Street Batesville announces local blues band, Ozark Mountain Blues Boys, as final performers in the “Concerts in the Loft” series to be held on November 11th in the Barnett Building Loft on Main Street in downtown Batesville. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“We are excited to put on a great show and very proud to be closing out this successful concert series,” said event producer and OMBB band member Danny Dozier. “Also, this will be a special night to honor our volunteers and sponsors, without which these events wouldn’t have been made possible.”

The Ozark Mtn. Blues Boys band was formed three years ago to perform for the first “Blues Night” at the Mountains, Music and Motorcycles weekend in Mountain View, Arkansas. The original organizer of that event, Grady Spann, gave the blues band their now familiar name and it stuck. Members of the Ozark Mountain Blues Boys are as follows; John Parks/guitar, keyboard and vocals, Jason Moser/drums, Jerry Bone/bass guitar, Hal Vandiver/harmonica and Danny Dozier/guitar, lap steel and vocals.

Main Street Batesville will be recognizing all sponsors and volunteers at the event, as well as, hosting an awards presentation for the volunteers of the year. Complimentary beverages and Thanksgiving-inspired hors d’eouvres will be served. The event is free to the public.

Starting in November of 2015, the “Concerts in the Loft” performances were organized as fundraisers to help continue with the construction of Maxfield Park in historic downtown Batesville. To date the fundraisers have raised approximately $10,000. Future donations will be accepted.

For more information, call Danny Dozier at (870) 307-9734 or the Main Street Batesville office at (844) 462-4482.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Contact: (844) 462-4482
Email: MainStreetBatesville@gmail.com
Location: 3rd Floor of the Barnett Building – 267 E. Main St., Batesville, AR 72501

Main Street Batesville is a non-profit organization that is driven by volunteers and funded by partners. The mission is the revitalization of downtown Batesville, through economic development and historic preservation. Main Street Batesville is led by a board of directors composed of leaders in this community, and staffed by an executive director.

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.