Very Special Concert This Saturday
At this time every month, I usually send you a more or less complete schedule for the next thirty days or so.. We are starting off December with a very special concert (and, candidly, the rest of the month is still not quite ready). So today we feature this Saturday's concert and invite you to visit the website to see the schedule so far. Watch for a new email soon with the rest of the program for December.
Saturday, December 7, 7:30 PM Rev. Robert Jones, Sr.
Blues Musician, Historian and Story Teller
Robert Jones is a long time personal favorite of mine. When I lived downstate I rarely missed his public radio program. Now I have the opportunity to bring him up north to Red Sky Stage and share him with all of you.
Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught award-winning multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle using folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the history, beauty and power of our shared culture.
When you couple authenticity with the talent of a truly exceptional nature: songwriting, storytelling, multi-instrumentalist, award winning educator, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of African American folk music, including blues, spiritual, and slave songs … its players and styles … you get the Reverend Robert B. Jones, Sr. from Detroit.
A lifelong Detroiter, Rev. Jones has been performing professionally for nearly 30 years throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations. His deep love for traditional African American and American music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story that should celebrate, not just tolerate.
Acclaimed photographer James Fraher writes about Robert: “Perhaps the world’s most highly educated blues musician, an ordained minister, a longtime DJ, and a living encyclopedia of blues history, the Reverend Robert Jones is comfortable among juke joint loud talkers, fancy-hatted church ladies, and PhDs alike.”
This show gets my strongest personal endorsement. If you are a fan of the blues or any kind of American roots music, or even if you are casually interested in expanding your exposure to this outstanding musical genre, DO NOT MISS THIS EVENING !
-- Marty Scott
Tickets: $15 in advance at Red Sky Stage, (231) 487-0000 or online at My North Tickets (click the Buy Tickets Now link). Tickets are available at the door the night of the show for $20.
So, call up your friends, get some tickets, enjoy Reverend Robert Jones Sr. and then we can talk about what we have in store for you for the rest of December.