The Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society was formed in 1993 by area blues fans with the mission of supporting the American form of music known as The Blues, and the redevelopment of historical downtown Fort Smith. The general funding is provided through membership dues, corporate and private donations, and fund raising events. A volunteer board of officers, representing a broad cross section of the local community, governs the society.
In addition to the blues festival, the group holds fund-raisers to support the festival, maintains the Barry Ratliff Memorial fund that provides educational funds to young musicians in the form of annual college scholarships, and provides the "Blues in the Schools" educational program to local schools.
Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society
P.O. Box 8307
Fort Smith, AR 72903
2013 Board of Directors:
Dale Fraze, President
Dwight Hopkins, Vice President
Jeannie Boyett and
Ryan Schluterman, Co-Treasurers
Charles Alley and
Michele Alley Co-Secretaries
Dr. Richard Livingston, Ex Officio
The purpose of this society is to preserve and promote that American-originated style of music known as The Blues. For that purpose the society will organize, sponsor, and promote an annual musical festival and related activities in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
The society will also encourage, assist and promote the downtown riverfront and downtown areas of Fort Smith through well-planned development, preservation and beautification of the mutual benefit and pleasure of visitors, tourists and the local community.