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Art of the Story Festival: Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.

The Reverend is a native Detroiter and an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. A 2018 Kresge Fellow, his deep love for traditional African American and American traditional 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. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story that should celebrate, not just tolerate.

Rev. Robert Jones makes his home in Detroit while performing throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. While Robert has been a featured storyteller at venues such as the National Storytelling Festival, the late Kathryn Windham’s “Tale Tellin’ Festival”, he is also an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, accomplished at guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

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."

Learn more about Robert at www.revrobertjones.com

Programs and descriptions

(see the full schedule for times and dates)

I Came From Detroit

(Adults & Ages 6+)
Detroit stories of survival and resilience.

Alabama Stories, Tales From The Motherland

(Adult program)
My family's stories from the deep South.

The History of Our Music

(Adults & Ages 6+)
A fun journey through American History through the vehicle of Folk and Blues.

Finale Showcase Concert

(Adult & Ages 12+)
I Can't Play Like BB King