Cabaret Competition Set to Shake Up Nutt Auditorium

Thursday event will support Ignite campaign for Living Music Resource

Duly Noted, the house band for the Living Music Resource, will perform Thursday evening as part of the cabaret competition at Nutt Auditorium. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Nutt Auditorium will dress herself appropriately to host a full-bore cabaret competition Thursday (Nov. 29) evening.

“If you think you know what Nutt looks like, think again,” said event organizer Nancy Maria Balach, an Ole Miss associate professor of music who is creator and artistic director of the Living Music Resource.

The 7:30 p.m. event is produced by Living Music Resource and the UM Department of Music. Tickets are $10, available from the UM Box Office, at or 662-915-7411, and at the door.

“Vault Entertainment will transform the space from a traditional recital hall to a showcase that’s a cross between ‘America’s Got Talent’ and the Grammy awards,” said Brady Bramlett, co-organizer of the event and executive managing director of the Living Music Resource.

This family-friendly event features 11 finalists competing for the highly-coveted Cabaret Crown and a $500 prize.

“We have singers, dancers, and instrumentalists performing in a variety of styles and moods,” Balach said. “And the audience gets to choose the winner!”

The evening also features the Living Music Resource’s house band, Duly Noted. Doors open at 7 p.m.

All the proceeds from the cabaret competition will support Living Music Resource’s Ignite Ole Miss campaign to expand programming and opportunities for music students and give them skills to engage as musicians with their communities.

“We are hoping to reach our stretch goal,” Balach said. “Every dollar makes an impact in the LOU community and positions our students for creative, engaged professional lives, no matter where they go from Ole Miss.”