The Rev. Robert Jones Sr., a Detroit-based roots and blues performer, will bring his songs and storytelling to the Rose Garden Coffeehouse at the Congregational Church, 17 West St., Mansfield, at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 as part of the venue’s 30th season celebration.
Jones celebrates the history, humor and power of American Roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American traditional music is shared in live performances that interweave stories with original and traditional songs. For more than 30 years, Jones has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations.
“Reverend Robert B. Jones is a remarkable performer,” says Mike Hill, artistic director for the Mariposa Folk Festival. “His grasp of the blues and gospel is astounding. His guitar playing and his singing are amazing. He works well with an audience to the point where even his sound check is riveting.”
Jones was recently named a Kresge Award fellow. His initial love was country blues guitar, but over the years his repertoire has expanded to include many styles of traditional African American folk, including spirituals and gospel.
An award-winning multi-instrumentalist, he is accomplished at guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle. He has recorded six albums of original and tradition songs.
Jones is the former host of the award-winning radio programs “Blues from the Lowlands” and “Deep River” broadcast on Detroit Public Radio’s WDET-FM. He has taught at music history courses at Wayne State University in Detroit. In addition to his solo performances, he often collaborates musically with his wife, Bernice Jones, singer-songwriter Matt Watroba and poet-performer M.L. Liebler.
The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for the performance. The venue is wheelchair-accessible and alcohol free.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/RG19RobertJones for $16, or for $20 at door.
For more information, visit http://rosegardenfolk.com.