Event Concerts and Performances Live! At The Library: Reverend Robert B. Jones, Blues and Old-Time Musician and Storyteller

Date and Location

Part of Homegrown Concert Series ; Live at the Library

For more information, please call 7-1743. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

Reverend Robert B. Jones, Sr. is an inspirational musician and storyteller celebrating the history, humor, and power of American roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. For more than thirty years Robert has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations.  As an ordained minister and a Baptist pastor, he has an unwavering faith the cultural importance of sacred and traditional American roots music. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity is a story that we should celebrate, not just tolerate.

Rev. Jones makes his home in Detroit, Michigan, and performs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. An award-winning multi-instrumentalist, he is accomplished on guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and ukulele. He has recorded six albums of original and traditional songs. In addition to his solo performances, he often collaborates musically with his wife, Sister Bernice Jones, and his friend Matt Watroba.  In 2017 Robert and Matt co-founded “Common Chords”, an educational organization designed to create community, cultural and historical connections through music and the arts.

Jones is an award-winning blues radio host, has taught music history at Wayne State University, and serves as a member of the affiliate faculty at Boston’s Berklee School of Music. He has written, performed, and recorded a one man show entitled “An Evening With Lead Belly.” Jones  is also a nationally recognized storyteller, and has been featured at many festivals including the National Storytelling Festival.

You'll need to reserve free timed entry passes at this link before your visit to the Library.

Advance passes online: Timed-entry passes are available up to 30 days in advance.
Same-day passes online: A limited number of same-day passes will be available online each open day at 9 a.m. ET.

For more information, please call 202-707-1743. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

Photo by Peggy Brisbane