Before the Blues: A Musical Workshop with Reverend Robert Jones
February 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
It would probably be fair say that blues music was the dominant popular music style of the 20th Century, but what came before the blues? Even though the quilt of early authentic African American music is largely gone, there are still threads that can give us insight to the music that existed during American slavery and that gave rise to the popular music of the day. In this workshop we will explore such subjects as the “field holler”, work songs, lullabies, traditional banjo, fiddle, quills and guitar music, spirituals and dance music. Detroit native Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is a singer, storyteller and self taught multi-instrumentalist. He uses folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the beauty and power of our shared culture. He has more than twenty-five years of experience as a performer, musician, storyteller, radio producer/host and music educator.
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States