Jeremy Davis, Clay Johnson and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra will perform at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Oct. 20. A special pre-show dinner will take place in the Jimmy & Hazel Sanders Sculpture Garden.

Big band performance and sculpture garden dinner planned at BPAC

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Jeremy Davis, Clay Johnson and their fiery hot 17-piece big band Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, will perform at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The event will also feature a pre-show dinner and live music in the Jimmy & Hazel Sanders Sculpture Garden.

All across America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentleman and their high-energy show. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements, and phenomenal musicianship, the duo brings their rich friendship and charm to the stage.

Fashioned in the style and swagger of legendary entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Davis and Johnson are putting their own stamp on the great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more. The show offers a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul.

Prior to the show, the sculpture garden will feature a special dinner and live music. Delta Meat Market will be cooking on site offering select items for purchase. Tours will also be available of the recently installed sculptures in the garden. Dinner is scheduled from 5:45-7:15 p.m., and the main performance begins on stage at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $25-35 and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 662-846-4626 or purchase tickets online at Tickets to the performance are not required to attend the dinner, as food purchases may be made on site.

For more information, stop by the Bologna Center Ticket Office, call 662-846-4626 or visit

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Tabb to retire after years of Delta State dedication

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Delta State University will gather to thank one of its retiring employees, Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dr. Myrtis Tabb, who began working for the institution in 1991.

Fittingly, the Bologna Performing Arts Center on campus will host her retirement ceremony Oct. 16 from 2-4 p.m. In her role at Delta State, Tabb supervised the BPAC staff and played a major role in its success.

She also provided leadership to the Human Resources Office, Office for Institutional Grants, and served as the contract liaison for Ellucian, the company providing informational technology services on campus.

Additionally, she served as a member of the President’s Cabinet, Title lX coordinator, chair of the University Naming Committee, chair of the Jimmy and Hazel Sanders Sculpture Garden, and provided leadership to the B. F. Smith Scholars Program.

“Delta State University is a wonderful institution and the contributions this institution makes to the region and state are impossible to count,” said Tabb. “I have enjoyed working with President LaForge, other administrators, and faculty and staff as they provide positive vision for the future of Delta State. I will continue to support this great institution as a retiree.

“I am having a difficult time walking away from my association with Delta State University. I enjoy the people and the challenges of the work. However, it is obvious that this is the right time for me to begin a new chapter of my life. I look forward to spending more time with my family and my friends.”

Along with being a dedicated employee, Tabb impressively completed four degrees at Delta State: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Education in Elementary Education and Supervision, Educational Specialist Degree (1991) and Ed. D. (1994).

She has also authored or co-authored several successful grant applications from a variety of funding sources, and continues to facilitate creative solutions for the university and Delta region.

Her community efforts are extensive, as she serves on the following boards: Bolivar County Medical Hospital Foundation Board, Mississippi Delta National Heritage Board, Planters’ Bank Board, chair of Cleveland/Bolivar Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council, and International Women’s Forum-Mississippi. She serves as president-elect of the Women’s Forum and will be installed as president in 2016. She has also served for several years as a member of the board of the Delta Arts Alliance and the president of the Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce.

Having collaborated with so many university and community members over the years, Tabb said she would deeply miss working with these leaders on a daily basis.

“The highlight of my career has been my association with all the people I have met,” she said. “In every role, I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most amazing people. I will always be grateful for the friendships made along the way.”

Tabb and her husband, Billy, are the proud parents of Tracy and Randy Dye and Leslie and Bill Ryan Tabb. They have five grandchildren — Daniel, Madeline and Jacob Dye and Collins and Annsley Tabb.

The retirement ceremony will feature a short program at 3 p.m. DMI director Tricia Walker will perform a song, and remarks will be made by President William N. LaForge, Christy Riddle and Laura Howell.

Personal messages are being collected for a memory book. Those interested in contributing are asked to provide submissions by mail to: DSU Box 3232, Cleveland, MS, 38732 or by email to

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Each year, the American Association of University Women brings representatives from Our House, Inc. to Delta State University to help with domestic violence awareness. October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the nation.

AAUW distributed 500 purple ribbon stickers on Oct. 6 along with information about Our House, the agency that oversees the local domestic shelter.

Shelter relationship advocate Rejenia Bell and volunteer coordinator Patricia Edwards also brought information about the issue to distribute to Delta State students.

“This years’ theme for the Cleveland branch of AAUW was ‘Men Wear Purple Too,’” said Dr. Glendscene Williams, AAUW president Dr. Glendscene Williams. “We often reached out to women as advocates to find out that the message from male advocates’ is just as powerful. They are more than willing to walk a mile in our shoes if it will help stop the violence.”

The group also plans to host a self-defense training Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. on campus.

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


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Bobby Rush and Super Chikan thrill BPAC crowd

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Blues legends Bobby Rush and James “Super Chikan” Johnson teamed for a free concert at Delta State’s Bologna Performing Arts Center Tuesday night as the closing act of the university’s second annual International Conference on the Blues. The event, “The Storytellers featuring Bobby Rush and Super Chikan: Up Close and Personal,” was a stripped-down concert format that invited the crowd to experience the two renowned blues artists singing and telling stories about their lives, careers, the blues and the Mississippi Delta in distinctly personal ways. Photo by Rory Doyle/Delta State University