MassMu’s Rhythms Concert Features Rev. Robert Jones Sr.

MassMu’s Rhythms Concert Features Rev. Robert Jones Sr.

  

The Massillon Museum’s 2024 Rhythms concert series will launch on Thursday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m., when bluesman Rev. Robert Jones Sr. takes the stage. An award-winning instrumentalist, he is accomplished on guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and ukulele. He has recorded six albums of original and tradition songs. ASL interpretation will be provided during the concert.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and galleries will remain open until the concert starts in Gessner Hall. A cash bar will be available. Tickets ($12 each or $10 per member) can be purchased atMassillonMuseum.org/Tickets, in person, or by phone at 330.833.4061. Membership will be verified at the door; memberships can be purchased at any time.
Rev. Robert Jones Sr. is a versatile artist renowned for celebrating American Roots music. He performs various styles of traditional African American folk music, including spirituals and gospel. He has been a professional musician for more than 40 years, a pastor for two decades, and a nationally recognized storyteller for more than 15 years. He applies his speaking and musical skills to educate, entertain, and inspire with his unwavering faith in the cultural importance of sacred and traditional American roots music. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story to celebrate, not just tolerate.
Jones makes his home in Detroit, Michigan, but he performs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has taught and performed for folk music organizations including the Ashokan Center, Summer Acoustic Music Week, Fiddle Hell, and the Houston Folklore Society. He has been a featured artist at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (Springfield, IL), Rutherford B. Hayes Library (Fremont, OH), and Gerald R. Ford Library (Grand Rapids, MI). A frequent performer and presenter for The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (Dearborn, MI), in 2018 he received a Kresge Arts Fellowship for Music Composition and Performance.
Chaired by Dan Kane, the Rhythms concert series provides an intimate and accessible atmosphere for enjoying top-notch entertainment.
This concert is one of two dozen events and exhibitions complementing MassMu’s 2024 NEA Big Read book selection, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
This concert is funded in part by an NEA Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and support from Visit Canton. The Massillon Museum is also grateful for operating support from the Ohio Arts Council, ArtsinStark, and the citizens of Massillon, and marketing support from Visit Canton.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.

 

 

Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525
Rev. Robert Jones Sr.

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