GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi announces fall education programs

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Education is an important part of the Museum’s mission, and a variety of education programs are offered throughout the year.

These education programs and interactive workshops at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi cultivate critical thinking while engaging students. Interdisciplinary workshops evoke further exploration and extend learning outcomes for students before and after they explore our exhibits.

The interactive workshops include: drumming, DJ’ing, music production, songwriting, guitar and more. Education programs with special guests offer students the opportunity to explore a variety of music careers, hear artists’ stories first-hand, and meet industry professionals.

The upcoming education programs are as follows:

  • 18: A Conversation with Benjamin Wright
  • 19: A Conversation & Performance with Mondo Cozmo
  • 26: Finding Cleveland
  • 8: A Conversation & Performance with Maggie Rose
  • 15: A Conversation & Performance with Cedric Burnside on National Drumming Day
  • 28: Music Production with Delta Music Institute’s Mobile Music Lab
  • 12: Drumming with Josh Armstrong
  • 19: Holiday Playlist Workshop

All education workshops are offered at 11 a.m. Space is limited for these workshops and programs must be booked in advance.

To learn more about our upcoming education programs and workshops please visit

The Museum also offers free curricula that incorporate exhibit themes into core subject areas such as the latest lessons that were created exclusively for the Museum’s current temporary exhibit, John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie. Teachers are encouraged to use these materials in the classroom to enhance their Museum tour experience. Download them for free by visiting

For questions about the upcoming workshops and programs or curricula, please email or call 662-441-0100.

CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne to Play BPAC

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Brothers Osborne will perform live in concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Two sons from a working class family, John and TJ Osborne grew up in a small Maryland water town writing and playing songs for friends and family in their father’s shed. John moved to Nashville first to play in other bands, and TJ joined him two years later. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne as a twang-and-crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years.

The singer/songwriter siblings recently won both “Vocal Duo of the Year” and “New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year” at the 52nd ACM Awards, and they also stand as the reigning CMA “Vocal Duo of the Year.” Brothers Osborne’s debut album “Pawn Shop” was released January 2016 and features their rowdy single “It Ain’t My Fault” in addition to the GRAMMY-nominated, No.1 smash hit “Stay A Little Longer” as well as the GRAMMY-nominated “21 Summer.”

Rolling Stone says “they mix unabashedly catchy choruses and soulful, washboard grooves built on Bruce, Bob Seger and Buck Owens with folky slow burners, capitalizing on a diverse instrumental repertoire.”

Brothers Osborne have toured with Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert.

Prior to the Brothers Osborne concert, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the BPAC. There will be live music, and Moonlight Smokers will have their food truck on-site for dinner purchases. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30-7:15 p.m, and the concert begins in the BPAC at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to see Brothers Osborne are now on sale at or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662.846.4626.

Alumnus returns as featured DMI All Access guest

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Delta State alumnus Cole Furlow returns to campus on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. as the featured guest of DMI All Access, an informal Q&A series with music and entertainment industry professionals, hosted by the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program at Delta State University.

Furlow is a recording engineer, producer, touring musician, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter from Jackson. Born into a musical family, he started playing guitar at age 11. Throughout his high school years, he played in several garage bands which led him to Oxford to attend college. While in Oxford playing in bands, Furlow realized his passion was in the recording studio. After beginning college at Ole Miss, he transferred to the Delta Music Institute and graduated from Delta State.

After graduating and playing in blues duos and R&B ensembles around the Delta, he discovered his love for production and songwriting at a higher level.

Furlow went on to start the pop indie rock grunge band Dead Gaze in Jackson in 2009. After releasing multiple cassettes, EPs, and 7″ singles, he was discovered by the indie rock mainstay label FatCat Records in Brighton, England. FatCat released worldwide Furlow’s first full length LP – “Dead Gaze” – self-titled in 2012. He recorded his second LP, titled “Brain Holiday,” in 2013 for FatCat at the legendary Sweet Tea studios in Oxford. “Brain Holiday” was critically acclaimed, allowing Furlow touring opportunities all over North America and Europe with his new band.

During this period of touring, his friend and pop crooner Dent May invited Furlow to play bass for his band which led to more touring and exposure throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

After years of touring, Furlow returned home to Mississippi and started a recording studio named Easy Travels. In 2016, he released the last Dead Gaze record, titled “Easy Travels,” named in honor of his studio. His music has been placed in several different movies and television shows over the past few years. Composing and scoring has become a key part of the business in which Furlow flourishes when not touring or recording his own music.

Cole currently lives in Jackson, recording bands and scoring films in his home studio. He recently started a new indie outfit called Low Variety with plans to release new music in 2018.

DMI All Access is free and open to the public. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Studio B of the Delta Music Institute in the historic Whitfield building on the Delta State campus.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of excellence in the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University. The focus of the DMI entertainment industry studies program is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business, and creative areas of the music and entertainment industry.

For more information on the DMI entertainment industry program, please call (662) 846-4579 or visit

32nd annual Pig Pickin’ success for Delta State

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The Delta State University Alumni Association celebrated the 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ this past weekend at Statesmen Park with a record-breaking number of guests.

Over 1,000 people came through the barbecue serving lines and enjoyed a plate of pulled pork or Polk’s Meat Products sausage dog and a cold RC drink. The BBQ was prepared by the Ubon’s BBQ of Yazoo City and a group of volunteers including Tom Janoush, Jamie van Vulpen, David Griffith, Milan Killebrew, Mike Ainsworth, Craig Verhage and many others. Volunteers lead by the Student Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Order, Boy Scouts of Cleveland, and First Year Seminar also played a major role in preparing for the guests on Statesmen Park.

Over 400 prospective students and parents attended DSU Day which was an all-time high.

The 3rd Annual Corn Hole Tournament was held on Statesmen Park. Jae Medders and Johnny Cassibry claimed the title which was sponsored by the Alumni Association and DSU Intramurals.

Pig Pickin’ guests were entertained by the Jason Miller Band, CE All-Stars, and the talented Delta Music Institute bands.

Other Saturday events included the annual Pig Pickin’ Golf Classic to support the DSU Golf Team, biennial Baseball Reunion, and the Hog Run 5K sponsored by Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

The Alumni Association joined the Memphis Barbeque Network which is one of the leading sanctioning bodies of BBQ contests in the world. This year 38 cook teams competed for Grand Champion of Pig Pickin in the Championship and Patio Category, and there were 16 first-time cook teams this year.

Championship Category Grand Champion: Cotton Patch Cooking Team from Columbus, Mississippi
Patio Category Grand Champion: Rolling Bones from Rosedale, Mississippi

The event would not have been possible without the help of all the volunteers and event sponsors, including Polk’s Meat Products, which has sponsored the event for over a decade. Sponsors were treated to a jambalaya dinner at the Sponsors’ Social Friday night before Pig Pickin’ at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation House. Please visit to view the 2017 Delta State Pig Pickin’ sponsors.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, download the Delta State Alumni app and follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (alumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Homecoming elections change, new title to be added

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The Student Government Association Senate recently passed a bill that changed the title of Delta State University Homecoming Queen to Miss Green and White. In addition, there will be one male student elected to the Homecoming Court with the title of Mr. Green and White.

Both Mr. and Miss Green and White must be seniors who will be enrolled during the spring semester.

SGA President Ashley Griffin said the SGA felt titles of such a high honor should be recognized accordingly and should have certain benefits such as throwing out the first pitch of a baseball game, being recognized as campus-elected leaders at official university events, athletic functions, and in the local community.

As the official representatives of Delta State University’s student body, Mr. And Miss Green and White will be required to identify and advocate for a platform, she added.

The Homecoming Court will consist of two female representatives for freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes, three female representatives for the senior class, and one male who had been selected as Mr. Green and White. This year, the Homecoming Court will be announced during the Valdosta Game on Oct. 21. All representatives will participate in the Homecoming Parade the morning of the Homecoming game on Nov. 11.

In keeping with Delta State tradition, Miss Green and White will not be announced until half-time of the Homecoming game. Miss Green and White would be one of the three senior maids.

The Mr. and Miss Green and White (formerly known as Mr. and Miss DSU) elections have typically been held during the spring semester. To replace the void that will be created by moving elections to the fall, this year SGA will implement a Statesman and Lady Statesman of the Year award. This person will be chosen through an application process that will decided upon by a panel of faculty and staff, administration, and students.  The winners of these awards will be recognized at the Hall of Fame dinner in May 2018.

Homecoming elections will be held on Oct. 16-18 in the first floor lobby of the Student Union. The winners of the elections will be announced during the football game against Valdosta on Oct. 21.