Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge are Brittany McGhee and Brennan Barham, two of the DMI students who have spearheaded the promotions aspect of the Levitt concert series this year.

Earlier this year, Delta State University received one of the Levitt AMP Grant Awards, which is used to produce a 10-week series of free outdoor concerts in downtown Cleveland. This is the second year Delta State has received the matching grant, and the resulting concerts further both the university’s and the community’s commitment to music.

This week marks the eighth week of concerts, and Kate Campbell, a celebrated folk singer and songwriter, will perform tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The Latin dance band Latinismo will perform on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m., and the concert series will conclude on November 3 with a performance by the popular band Blackwater Trio, which is based in Clarksdale.

One unique aspect of the grant is that students from Delta State’s Delta Music Institute take on the majority of work surrounding setting up, promoting, and producing the concerts—all of which are important real-world experiences for these future leaders of the entertainment industry.

In other news on campus, be sure to add the next Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series event to your calendars. Congressman Bennie Thompson will join us on November 9 to discuss the results of the November 8 national elections. This promises to be a timely and unique opportunity for all of our students, faculty and staff members. The event is set for 6 p.m. at Jobe Hall Auditorium. This Thursday, Delta State is pleased to have Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama performing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. It is sure to be another great night of music in Cleveland, and you can get your ticket by visiting bolognapac.com.

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