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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.

Mary Peavey of Peavey Electronics, left, joined Miles Fulwider, DMI coordinator of Sound Recording Technology, for the announcement of a major sound equipment donation.

Peavy Electronics donates to DMI and Levitt AMP series

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Hartley and Mary Peavey of Peavey Electronics recently donated $4,500 of sound reinforcement equipment to support the DMI Entertainment Industry Studies program at Delta State University in preparation for the upcoming Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series.

“Music inspired my lifelong passion for making the tools that allow us to create music,” said Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation. “I hope that this donation of Peavey products will act as a bridge to link the rich musical legacy of the Delta region to the next generation of music professionals.”

Music industry veteran Tricia Walker, director of the Delta Music Institute, said the Peavey donation will augment the DMI’s live sound reinforcement capabilities and provide students with an additional opportunity to work with state-of-the-art audio technology.

“We are very grateful to receive this support from Peavey Electronics,” said Walker. “Peavey once again stepped up with their excellent products that will be instrumental in the success of the Levitt AMP Music Series here in Cleveland this fall.”

The donated equipment includes four Peavey QW-18 subwoofers and a Peavey IPR2 7500 watt power amp to boost the low end of any number of live sound applications.

“Building on the tradition of Mississippi’s undeniable musical history, gifts like this support the creative and entrepreneurial dreams of the next generation of young entertainment professionals,” added Walker. “The Delta Music Institute, with its entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach to studying the music and entertainment industries, serves to advance the musical culture and creative economy that is alive and well in Mississippi.”

Founded by Hartley Peavey in 1965 as a one-man shop, today, Peavey Electronics Corporation is one of the largest makers and suppliers of musical instruments, amplifiers and professional audio systems in the world — distributing more than 2,000 products to more than 130 countries. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.

The DMI is an independent center under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University. Its mission is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the entertainment industries. The DMI offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/dmi.

Musician Steve Azar, James Ceranti Motors and the St. Cecilia Foundation recently teamed up to donate a vehicle to the Delta Music Institute. Pictured are: (left to right): Steve Azar, Tricia Walker, James Ceranti, Vickie Jackson, Katt Grant and Travis Calvin.

Supporters donate car to DMI Mobile Lab program

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James Ceranti Motors, country music star Steve Azar, and Azar’s St. Cecilia Foundation of Greenville, Miss. recently gifted the Delta Music Institute Entertainment Industry Studies program at Delta State University with a vehicle to support the DMI Mobile Lab and the DMI “Healing With A Groove” outreach programs.

“Ever since moving back home to the Delta and becoming an artist-in-residence at the Delta Music Institute, I have been fortunate enough and blessed to be a small part of a team that truly inspires not only students attending Delta State University, but also school children throughout our Delta,” said Azar.

The mission of the Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation is to raise funds for charitable organizations, particularly in the Delta region, that aid sick, disadvantaged and abused children. The foundation also supports the promotion and growth of art and music programs within educational and cultural institutions. Since it’s inception, the foundation has disbursed more than $400,000 to many organizations.

“The DMI has a teaching roadshow like no other, and I strongly believe that if you’re going to go out and continue to spread the arts and technology to our kids, then you have to have a vehicle to get you there, literally,” added Azar. “So when I called my dear friend James Ceranti and told him what was needed, he didn’t even blink — he just said let’s do this. So between my foundation and his dealerships, we were able and more than happy to help.”

Music industry veteran Tricia Walker, director of the DMI, said that the donated vehicle will allow for increased efficiency of the DMI external programs.

“We are very grateful to receive such generous support from James Ceranti Motors and Steve Azar and the St. Cecilia Foundation,” said Walker. “As business leaders in the Delta — not to mention leaders in community support — James Ceranti and Steve Azar stepped up with a donation that will be key in our ability to continue and expand our outreach into Delta communities on behalf of young students.”

The 2008 Nissan Altima will be a welcomed complement to the DMI Mobile Lab as it partners with schools and organizations throughout the Delta in introducing young students to songwriting, digital audio and music production.

The DMI is an independent center under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University. The mission of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the entertainment industries. The DMI offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. For more information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit www.deltastate.edu/dmi.