Robert and Matt

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and Hiawatha Music Co-op are collaborating to present a special “Live from the Fold” concert on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. “Songs of Labor” will be a virtual concert featuring Robert Jones and Matt Watroba. The concert will be free to the public, though donations will be appreciated. The public will be able to access the concert via either the Beaumier Center or Hiawatha Facebook sites on February 11.

“Songs of Labor” is part of a series of events connected with the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center’s current exhibition on the labor history of the Upper Peninsula. The exhibition is not currently open to the general public due to Covid-19 restrictions but this program will be an excellent introduction to the history of labor for all ages.

Ever since their first meeting, over twenty years ago, Robert Jones and Matt Watroba have been musical partners. Their relationship started when they hosted back-to-back radio shows on WDET-FM, Detroit. Later on they started performing together and in doing so discovered a friendship based on mutual respect and a love for traditional American music. Now Matt and Robert literally travel the nation extolling the virtues of “Music That Matters”. This is the music that America and the world have in common.  It is music that reflects history, social change, migration, hopes and dreams.  It is music that is rich and diverse, direct and powerful.

Anyone who has ever heard Robert Jones and Matt Watroba perform knows that they can keep an audience spellbound with their music and their wit. It’s not until one sees them teach that the breadth of their knowledge and their ability to inspire an audience becomes apparent.– Judy Gardner, Project Manager, Henry Ford Community College

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center is a museum and educational center on the campus of Northern Michigan University. It celebrates the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Hiawatha Music Non-Profit Corporation is organized exclusively to provide and promote traditional music and dance, educate and inform society on traditional American music and encourage the appreciation of such music through the facility of an annual traditional music