Festivals, conferences, and…..mid-terms!

It is finally starting to feel like fall, which means school and our students are in full swing. On top of their school work, our students have been busy with music festivals, conferences, and so much more. The last weekend in September several DMI entertainment industry majors worked on staff as stage hands for the fifth annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville, MS.  Senior Brittany McGee was the primary production assistant for the entire festival. Brittany commented, “This was a huge opportunity for students to get hands on learning experience about what it takes to put on a concert. I was well pleased with our DMI students and how they represented our program. It was definitely a weekend we will never forget.” DMI_MMMF crew 2017

On October 1-3, 2017 The International Conference on the Blues, hosted by Delta State University, was held at GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi. The Blues Conference consists of three days of intense academic and scholarly activity and music. This year’s conference had a dual focus on John Lee Hooker and Alan Lomax. DMI students, faculty, and staff contributed to the conference with performances and tech support.

The 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ celebration at Delta State took place October 6-7 and featured all three of our DMI Bands, along with a special performance by DSU President Bill LaForge. DMI bands Ol’ Skool Revue, DeltaRoX, and B4Y2K were also featured at the 35th  annual Octoberfest in downtown Cleveland on October 14.

Can you say BUSY?? Mid-terms are this week, so here’s hoping all of our students are prepped and ready to show what they’ve learned at the halfway point. After we all come up for air, we’ll be back with another blog post from the Delta Music Institute. Rock on!


Upcoming Events:

Hot Tamale Festival: October 21, 2017 (Ol Skool Revue) Greenville, MS

DSU Homecoming: November 11, 2017 (Ol Skool Revue, DeltaRoX, B4Y2K)


DMI Bands




It All Begins With A Song…

The annual Mississippi Songwriter’s Festival was held this past weekend (September 15-17) on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This was the eighth year of the festival. The Delta Music Institute showed up and showed out with sweet, original tunes from students Carrie Lynn Stanford and Lucy George. Our very own DMI Director, Tricia Walker, performed as well.

Senior Carrie Lynn Stanford hosted a venue both nights and also hosted the youth showcase. Carrie Lynn said, “I always enjoy going to the MS Songwriters’ Festival because every year I get to meet new songwriters and reconnect with the people who got me started in songwriting.”CarrieLynn

Here’s a great piece of local news coverage, featuring Lucy George giving a shout out to Delta State! (Thanks, Lucy:)


Our hearts are broken over the passing of the one and only Lucy Janoush. If anyone knew Mrs. Lucy, you would know that she had a heart of gold. She loved the Mississippi Delta, Music, Art, Students, her Family, and so much more.

DMI Senior Brittany McGee stated, “Mrs. Lucy was truly one of a kind. I met her when I first came to Delta State in 2015. She was one of the most caring, genuine souls I have met in Cleveland, MS. Some of my greatest college memories were made possible because of Mrs. Lucy and her family.  She definitely left her mark on this town. So many great things have happened in Cleveland and the MS Delta because of Mrs. Lucy. She will be missed greatly.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this time of grief. We hope you’ll take the time to read tributes to Lucy’s life and her service to the Cleveland community at the link below. Rest in peace, Ms. Lucy…you made our world a better place…thank you.



Let the 2017-18 school year begin!

Let the 2017-18 school year begin…

We are excited to start the school year with over 100 DMI Entertainment Industry Studies program majors! Our program has seen a substantial amount of growth and we are eager to see what the future holds.

This summer, 23 students from the DMI program were placed in internship positions with music and entertainment industry companies in Memphis, Nashville, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, and Jackson. We also hosted our eleventh DMI Summer Camp and fourth DMI Freshmen Boot Camp.

To start the year, one of our outstanding seniors, Olivia DeGrado, is kicking off her Senior Project by producing a concert series in downtown Cleveland, MS on the green space (much like the Levitt AMP concerts). This will be a FREE 4-week concert series and each concert will feature a different genre of American music, including Blues, Country, Gospel, and Americana. Each concert will feature a DMI student or group as the opening act, beginning at 6:00 PM.

Jesse Robinson
Jesse “Guitar” Robinson

The Wired for Sound Concert Series will begin on September 12 featuring Jesse Robinson. Burnham Road will take the stage on September 27 and Coahoma Community College Choir on October 10. Young Valley will wrap up the concert series on October 26.

To learn more about artists for the upcoming Wired for Sound Concert Series click on the links below:

Jesse Robinson- http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=robinson_jesse

Burnham Road- https://www.facebook.com/TjBurnhamMusic/

Coahoma Community College Choir- https://www.facebook.com/singcoahoma/

Young Valley- https://www.facebook.com/youngvalley/

We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of this music series.

City of Cleveland  • Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce • Kirk Brothers Ford-Lincoln, LLC

Automark  •  Planter’s Bank  •  DSU Quality Enhancement Plan  •  Mr. Alan Morgan

The school year is off to a great and, as always, busy start, and we can’t wait to tell you about more events and exciting news as they approach.  Stay tuned…see you on the green space for some live music!

Brittany McGee (DSU ’17)