We are thrilled to announce
Rev. Robert Jones, Sr, your 2018 keynote speaker at the FARM Conference in Grand Rapids, MI
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.
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.”
” the best show we have had ….ever……ever……ever!” – Donna Swinney, Bevill State CC, Hamilton, AL
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2007 Keeping The Blues Alive Award (KBA), Educator of the Year, from the Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN · 2007 Photographed (Cover) and featured in “The Blues”, Photographs by James Fraher, a calendar of blues photography, sold nationally · 2003 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Blues/R&B Songwriter · 2003 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording “In The Tradition” · 2002 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Blues Writer · 2001 Distinguished Service Award, Michigan Artist Of The Year 2000, Michigan Council For Arts, History and Humanities · 2000, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, Detroit, March, “Places In The Heart”, recognized for work in schools and community
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The public is invited to attend Robert’s Keynote Address via the Taste of FARM tickets (wristbands).