Robert Joyce

Robert Joyce has been the Executive Director for the Rapid City Arts Council as well as the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, for which he served for the latter for over twenty years. He helped to establish the Sioux Falls JazzFest into one of the largest festivals in the United States featuring Jazz, Blues and Rock artists with attendance numbers over 100,000 people. Joyce is also an accomplished composer, producer, author and educator. He has over 30 years of teaching at Augustana University and also the University of South Dakota, UC and is a popular OLLI presenter with a history of over ten years of presenting to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members in the Midwest. He is the author of the book So You Want to Start A Festival: How to Make Your Event a Community Success, Culturally and Economically. Joyce is also a sought after speaker, lecturer, adjudicator and consultant. He has his Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts Degrees from Augustana University and makes his home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Birth of the Blues

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When you explore American popular music genres of the 20th Century, nearly each one begins with the Blues. What started as a very simple African-American musical form with roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, and spirituals, soon became the foundation of Jazz and Rock music in America. This lecture series will present some interesting details about the beginning of the Blues, how it became a social as well as musical mechanism for other types of music, and present music from some of the founding artists of this unique and special musical style. Musical examples, video and audio files will be presented.
Register Early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.

Course # SUR3 — One Time Event
Place:Virtual, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Thursday, July 15 2021
Time:2 - 3:30 PM
Fee:$25 / member; $25 / non-member

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