Conference Information


5th Annual International Conference on the Blues

September 30 - October 2, 2018

The International Conference on the Blues consists of three days of scholarly activity, discourse, and music on the Delta State University campus.  

Academic presentations, Blues performances, a "Blues in the Round" jam session open to participants, and a tribute to Muddy Waters & the Morganfield Family add appeal for all audiences. Tickets to a performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue may be purchased separately.

Topics of interest to scholars and enthusiasts will the blues; African American musical traditions and influences on world cultures; the influence of gospel, spirituals, and soul music; music of the American Civil Rights Movement; African American music as social commentary and protest; and history and culture of the Mississippi Delta. The conference program also includes academic papers and presentations, and Blues performances to add appeal for all audiences.

Cleveland, Mississippi, recently named by Smithsonian Magazine as #2 of the top 20 small cities to visit in the country, is located 45 minutes from the Greenville (MS) Airport and approximately two hours from the Memphis (TN) and Jackson (MS) airports. Cleveland is the home of the GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, opened in 2016.

For more information, please contact Don Allan Mitchell and Shelley Collins at

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Here's what last year looked like...come learn about the blues in the landscape that wrote the music!