Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

A pre-conference concert with Kool and the Gang (whose hit singles include “Celebration,” “Cherish,” and “Jungle Boogie”) will be held at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 7:30 PM. You may purchase tickets by calling the Bologna Performing Arts Center box office (open 8 AM-5 PM) at (662) 846-4626 or online at the link below.

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

Daytime events are at the Delta Music Institute (DMI). Evening events are in downtown Cleveland.

Morning

8 AM–3 PM
REGISTRATION | DMI Lobby

Join us for coffee and donuts from 8-8:30 AM. The registration and CD/book tables will be open from 8:15 AM – 4 PM. Musicians and writers are invited to bring items to sell.

8:30–9 AM
OPENING SESSION: MEET AND MINGLE | DMI Studio A

Welcome Remarks and Announcements
Dr. Shelley Collins and Prof. Don Allan Mitchell, Co-Chairs
Dr. Rolando Herts, Director, The Delta Center

Get acquainted with other attendees.

9–9:50 AM
PAPER SESSION: THE BLUES ABROAD | 
DMI 201

One Sound, Two Worlds: The Meaning of the Blues in a Divided Germany
Prof. Michael Rauhut, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

Painting Clarksdale Something Other Than Blue: Colombian Street Art in the Delta
Dr. Clay Motley, Florida Gulf Coast University

Moderator: Cetin “Chet” Oguz

9–9:50 AM
PAPER/PERFORMANCE SESSION: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
 | DMI 202

Roots to Rock – Heritage and Hybrids Betraying the Blues: An Australian Musical Perspective
Steve Grieve, Western Sydney University, Australia

Playing Blues with Chinese Traditional Instruments
Amely Zhou, York University (Ontario, Canada)

Moderator: April Mondy

10–10:50 AM
PAPER/WORKSHOP: TEACHING AND PERFORMING THE BLUES  | 
DMI Studio A

From the Delta to Harlem: Enslaved Africans’ Musical Retentions in Hammond B3 Jazz Organ Music
David Cosby, Besant Hill School

Blues Voice: Sourcing African American Culture for Authenticity in Blues Performance and Education
Eli Yamin, Stony Brook University

Moderator: Dr. Julia Thorn

10–10:50 AM
PAPER SESSION: IDENTITY AND APPROPRIATION IN THE BLUES | 
DMI 202

From Cornbread to Country: Appropriation as Oppression in the American Country Music Industry
Nicole Sonneveld, Roosevelt University

“Nobody Leaves This Place Without Singin’ the Blues”: Appropriation in Adventures in Babysitting
Dr. Barton Price, Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music

Moderator: Dr. Brian Becker

11–11:50 AM
PAPER SESSION: THE BLUES IN WEST TENNESSEE | 
DMI 202

What Made West Tennessee Rich in Blues Harmonica Performance Practice
Dr. Mitsutoshi Inaba, Austin Peay State University

How She Made That Guitar Talk: Memphis Minnie and the Lead Guitar in Early Blues Music
Dr. Kate Lewis, Brunel University, London

Moderator: Dr. Bret Pimentel

11–11:50 AM
PAPER SESSION: THE BLUES AS TRANSFORMATION | 
DMI 201

Secular Faith in Justice in the Urban Blues: Bland’s “Further Up the Road” and Burton’s “Garbage Man”
Prof. Julia Simon, University of California, Davis

Drivin’ that Protodelic Train: Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightnin’” as Psychedelic Vehicle
Dr. Tom Zlabinger, York College/CUNY

Moderator: Dr. Robin Webb

Afternoon/Evening

12–12:50 PM
LUNCH AND LEARN: BOOKS AND THE BLUES | DMI Studio A

Join us for a discussion with authors and editors influenced by the Blues.

Enjoy regional Delta cuisine in Studio A during this panel discussion.
Cash only. An ATM is located in the Student Union.

The Blues Come Along: Dick Waterman’s Career in Context
Dr. Tammy L. Turner, Murray State University
“Juke Joint” Poetry Magazine
Dean Julius, Founding Editor
Po’ Monkey’s: Portrait of a Juke Joint
Will Jacks, MDNHA Program Manager, The Delta Center

Moderator: Craig Gill, Director, University Press of Mississippi

1–1:50 PM
PAPER SESSION: THE BLUES AS NARRATIVE | DMI 202

The Mississippi Delta Blues: Communication and Community Involvement
Geoff Latham, Coahoma Community College

Exploring the Performance and Expression of Gender and Violence in Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam”
Madeleine Bohnett, Shenandoah University

Moderator: Dr. Shalando Jones

1–1:50 PM
THE BLUES, EDUCATION, AND OUTREACH | DMI 201

Focus on the Future: The importance of the Blues from a Sociological and Historical Perspective
Prof. Fernando Jones, Columbia College Chicago & Blues Kids Foundation

Maxie’s Juke Joint: The Act of Edutaining
Stacey Wilson and Ida Bea Tomlin, Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience

Moderator: Dr. Vernell Bennett

2–2:50 PM
PAPER/PERFORMANCE SESSION: RELIGIOUS RECORDINGS | DMI 201

“Why Don’t You Live So God Can Use You?” Religious Songs Collected Outside of Church Settings in the 1941-1942 Coahoma Study
Prof. Scott Barretta, University of Mississippi and Delta State University

2–2:50 PM
OPEN REHEARSAL: DSU JAZZ ENSEMBLE | DMI Studio A

The Delta State Jazz Ensemble, a student lab big band, will hold an open rehearsal/masterclass. Come observe, sit in and sight read (horn and rhythm section players), and/or offer feedback.
Eli Yamin and Tom Zlabinger, clinicians

Moderator and Director: Dr. Bret Pimentel

3–3:50 PM
MASTER CLASS: SINGING THE BLUES | DMI Studio A

Eli Yamin, author of So You Want to Sing the Blues, will work with DSU vocalists.

Moderator: Dr. Douglas Mark

4–7:00 PM
DINE AROUND TOWN | (on your own)

Suggestions provided by the Cleveland-Bolivar Chamber of Commerce; reservations recommended.

7–8:30 PM
MAIN PERFORMANCE | 
Downtown Cleveland

Free Concert featuring The Como Mamas 
Courthouse Grounds | 200 S. Court St.
Limited seating; you are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. Rain location: DMI Studio A

8:30 PM–until
VISIT MISSISSIPPI PRESENTS BLUES IN THE ROUND | Downtown Cleveland

Open Mic/Jam Session: Join award-winning performing songwriter David Dunavent for an intimate “in the round” acoustic event at Mississippi Grounds. A “pilgrim chair” will be open for invited conference guests to join in the music. Located at Mississippi Grounds, 219 S. Court St. (across from the Courthouse)