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February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Live Music: Valentine’s Day at the Grove!
Books & Books presents…
An Evening of Music with
Tuesday, February 14th, 7-8 PM |Books & Books, Coconut Grove
Love is in the air! Join us for a Valentine’s Day performance at our Coconut Grove location! Check out Mason’s book: Jolie Blonde et Aimable Brune: Love Songs from Cajun and Creole Louisiana.
About the Book:
Jolie Blonde et Aimable Brune: Love Songs from Cajun and Creole Louisiana by Roger Mason, Alan Lomax (preface) and Yves Gros (illustrations).
“Jolie Blonde et Aimable Brune stands out as an original, insightful and historical view of the musical heritage of the original Louisiana French Acadian descendants and their neighbors. Mason’s astute annotations in French and English are magnificently complemented by the sensuous illustrations by Yves Gros. This book is sure to provoke a truly must-have fever for all history buffs and Cajun music enthusiasts.”
-Michael DOUCET, Cajun Musician, Historian, and Composer
About the Musician:
Roger Mason is an American who lived as an expat in France for 32 years. There he had a successful career as a singer and performer, recording seven LP’s and writing three books. Mason returned to the United States in 1996 to finish his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Miami. He worked as choir director and music teacher at Saint Theresa School, Coral Gables for 24 years before his retirement in 2020. An amateur folklorist, Mason’s field recordings of Louisiana Cajun and Creole music are the basis for the bilingual book, Jolie Blonde and Aimable Brune, with a preface by the well-known ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. In 2023, Mason released a CD called Cajun Grass, accompanied by the French bluegrass group The String Fellows. Mason currently lives in South Miami with his wife Andrea. They have two sons and six grandchildren.