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dUg Pinnick (left) and Scot “Little” Bilhman of the band Grinder Blues will be the featured guests for DMI All Access Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A.

Pinnick and Bihlman scheduled for DMI All Access

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University will host award-winning blues/rock musicians dUg Pinnick and Scot “Little” Bilhman as the second guests of the semester for the DMI All Access series.

The event takes place Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A and is open to the public at no charge.

DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring industry professionals from various areas of the music and entertainment industry.

Pinnick and Bihlman are members of band Grinder Blues, which is completing a new recording at the DMI studios. Pinnick, a bassist, was formerly with the popular band King’s X. Along with Scot Bilhman, Grinder Blues also features Emmy-award winning guitarist and vocalist Jabo Bihlman, Scot’s brother.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/dmi.

 

GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons will perform at the Delta Music Institute Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons to perform on campus

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GRAMMY winner and blues-folks star Dom Flemons will perform at the Delta Music Institute Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. as a featured artist in the second annual International Conference on the Blues at Delta State.

The concert is free, open to the public and will be hosted in DMI Studio A.

Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people within the past three years.

As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals, spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

A multi-instrumentalist, Flemons plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. He also incorporates his background in percussion into his banjo playing. Felmon’s banjo repertoire includes not only clawhammer but also tenor and three-finger styles of playing. He first picked up the instrument when he borrowed a five-string banjo from a friend who had removed the instrument’s fifth string.

Flemons and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African American string band, won a GRAMMY for its 2011 album “Genuine Negro Jig.”  The group’s second album, “Leaving Eden,” was also nominated in 2012.

In July of 2014, Flemons released his third solo record with Music Maker Relief Foundation, and his first since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops. “Prospect Hill” finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reinterpreting the music to suit 21st century audiences.

See the complete schedule for the International Conference on the Blues at http://www.deltastate.edu/president/international-blues-conference/schedule-of-events/.

The Delta Music Institute presents blues-rock stars Grinder Blues Oct. 6 at 10:30 p.m. at Hey Joe's in downtown Cleveland. Band members include Jeff “Jabo” Bihlman (left), dUg Pinnick and Scot “Little” Bihlman.

Delta Music Institute presents Grinder Blues

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University presents the hit blues rock band, Grinder Blues, in a late night music showcase in downtown Cleveland Oct. 6 at 10:30 p.m. at Hey Joe’s on 118 E. Sunflower Rd.

Grinder Blues is a trio of talented musicians featuring bassist dUg Pinnick of King’s X, and Emmy-award winning guitarist and vocalist Jabo Bihlman and Scot “Little” Bihlman on drums, percussion and vocals.

The trio’s debut self-titled album was released through Megaforce Records in October of 2014 and was described as “a shot of adrenaline to the heart of the genre.”

The album was produced by DMI Entertainment Industry instructor Miles Fulwider and Barry Mork and written collaboratively by the band. According to “Guitar World” magazine, Pinnick aimed to keep the music “simple and fun” while exploring new directions. The lyrics are traditional, an homage to their blues heroes.

The Grinder Blues album was a hit among fans and critics alike. It debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Charts upon release and was described by “Vintage Guitar” magazine as “a highly enjoyable blues-rock record with a plethora of grooves, down-and-dirty feel, filthy guitar, and soul-stirring vocals.”

The band garnered excitement for the launch of their album by premiering the video for “Burn the Bridge” on Revolver.com. The video was filmed in Los Angeles and released in September of 2014.

Grinder Blues supported the album with a West Coast tour that kicked off in 2014 at the Viper Room in Los Angeles and played in such cities as San Diego and Corona. The band is planning their second release, which will be recorded in the Mississippi Delta at the DMI Studios at Delta State University.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For more information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

Members of the 2015-16 Fighting Okra Records: (front, left to right) Gregory Braggs, Keith Johnson, Tyler Young, Kelsey Collins, Lindsey Anna Pardue, Mic Hargrove, Chace Holland and Jessica Wishard. Back row: (l to r) Reed Smith, Brennan Barham, Austin Rausa, Will Marshall, Dalton Shipley, Justin Boatman, Jacob Lifsey, Starlin Browning and Lane Fitzgerald. Missing from the picture is Chelsea Young.

Fighting Okra Records back for another round

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Fighting Okra Records, a student-run record label at Delta State University, will continue its operations during the 2015-16 academic year with a new staff of entertainment industry studies students.

The label is housed in the DMI Entertainment Industry Program and is the combined outcome of students enrolled in the Record Label Practicum course at the DMI. Building on the success of last year’s Fighting Okra release with artist Justin Boatman, this year’s staff is looking forward to an exciting new year.

Students staffing the label are assigned responsibilities within departments, using a real world record company model. These departments include the areas of business and finance, sales and marketing, artist and repertoire, and art and production.

“One of the main challenges for students in this type of practicum course is dealing with all the unexpected changes that happen in a project like this over the course of a year,” said director Tricia Walker. “Learning to manage those changes will be beneficial in the real world.”

This year, FOR is launching a new campaign in hopes of building a larger group of supporters. The label is setting up a competition that will showcase the musical ability of students around campus. Unlike previous years, they will be allowing students from the entire campus to audition to be the next spotlight artist for the 2015-16 school year.

Students who are interested will be required to submit a video link of two of their performances. Upon submission, selected students will move on to the second round via notification by the label. In the second round, students will be required to perform in front of the members of the label, after which the label will hand select the final contenders. The third and final round will give the label a chance to interview each contestant before making the final selection.

The mission of FOR is to provide a practical, real world music industry experience to the students and to provide a variety of independent artists with professional quality music industry services in an effort to expose their name in recordings to the broadest possible audience.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For more information, contact the DMI at 662-846-4579 or dmi.deltastate.edu.

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Marcella and Her Lovers to perform Wednesday at Levitt AMP Series

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Marcella and Her Lovers will perform a free concert in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday (Sept. 16) at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series.

Marcella and Her Lovers will bring an eclectic mixture of the dark magic of Louisiana swamps and the angelic grind of Memphis soul to Cleveland. Their repertoire spans Stax classics to wall-of-sound pop unforgettables.

Lead songstress Marcella Rene Simien, hailing from Lafayette, La., grew up onstage with her father, two-time Grammy award winner Terrance Simien.

In 2009, she moved to Memphis to attend the Memphis College of Art. In no time she was back onstage, delighting audiences with a sound born from fusing elements of her Creole heritage with Memphis soul. In addition to her work with her own group, Simien was featured on her father’s most recent album “Dockside Sessions,” which won a Grammy in January of 2014.

The Marcella and Her Lovers concert will take place on the downtown green space near College Street. Airport Grocery will sell dinners and Delta Dairy will sell frozen treats. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, ice chests and bug repellant. Glass bottles are not allowed.

Kelsey Collins will be the opening act beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series is supported in part by Levitt Pavilions, the national nonprofit behind the largest free outdoor concert series in America. Dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of communities, Levitt partners with cities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. In 2015, free Levitt concerts will take place in 16 cities across 14 states, all featuring a rich array of music genres and high caliber talent. In addition to Levitt AMP, Levitt forms the only national network of nonprofit outdoor music venues, each presenting 50+ free concerts each year. Within this region is the Levitt Shell (www.levittshell.org) in Memphis, with concerts taking place this May, June, July, September and October. Learn more about Levitt locations and impact at: www.levittpavilions.org.

The Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series is sponsored by Delta State University and its partners: the Delta Music Institute, Delta State University Student Government Association, the city of Cleveland, Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, Team Cleveland, The Grammy Museum Mississippi, Peavey, Domino’s Pizza and the Delta Arts Alliance.

For more information about the Cleveland Amp Levitt Concerts Series, visit http://concerts.levittamp.org/cleveland, or call the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce at 662-843-2712.