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Benefit concert for DMI to D.C.

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A Mardi Gras themed fundraising music show will be held at the Cleveland Country Club Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. The DMI All-Stars, a select group of DMI entertainment industry majors, will perform music in a variety of genres as they prepare to perform at Mississippi Night during GRAMMY Week in Los Angeles the following week. Also appearing will be DMI bands Ol’ Skool Revue, DeltaRoX, B4Y2K, Americana trio Fairley Road, and soul/hip-hop artist Audri.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit 10 DMI students who have been offered the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. next month to attend the educational program “The Music of Ray Charles.” The program, which will be held Feb. 24 at the White House, is sponsored by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. Live. The students’ trip to the nation’s capital will also include several tours around Washington.

Funds raised from the evening of performances will help cover the students’ travel expenses. A suggested minimum donation of $20 will be accepted at the door.

“Everyone is invited to come out and support the DMI program by enjoying great music, food, beverages and time with friends,” said Tricia Walker, DMI director. “The chef of the Cleveland Country Club will prepare complimentary hors d’oeuvres and there will be a cash bar.”

For more information, contact the DMI at 662-846-4579.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’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 information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

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Fighting Okra Records to finalize artist search

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Fighting Okra Records, a student-run record label at Delta State University, continued its search to find a new artist for the 2015-16 academic year by holding a performance showcase on Nov. 3 at the Delta Music Institute.

The event was held to review the five finalists competing to sign with FOR. The showcase was closed to the public, and the live performances were viewed by label members in order to give the artists a more realistic experience in dealing with record label executives.

FOR’s artist and repertoire team served as judges for the live performances and conducted the interviews that followed on Nov. 10. The artists were asked to perform two songs, one of which was included in the artist’s video submission.

An announcement of this year’s winner will be made following Thanksgiving break.

“We are excited about all the talent that came out to audition,” said Mic Hargrove, vice president of the label’s A&R team. “This is definitely going to be a hard decision.”

The interview portion of the competition served as a final step in the selection process. The interviews allowed the label members to determine which artist was the total package.

FOR is the driving component of the DMI’s Record Label Practicum course. 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 of 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 Fighting Okra Records at 662-846-4579 or dmi.deltastate.edu.

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.