July 19th 7-8pm Workshop $20 8:30-9:15pm Concert $10 OR Both $25 (add both to your cart and use the coupon code REV2)
The Blues and Boogie of Leadbelly for Ukulele
Join Ukulele Master Lil Rev for a rollicking 90 minutes of ukulele madness as we explore the music and legacy of Huddie Leadbetter AKA Leadbelly. We strum and sing our way thru 12 classic leadbelly tunes, learn a blues turnaround riff, how to play boogie on the ukulele and the blues and rock strum pattern. Part History, Part Repertoire and Part Blues Ukulele studies, this class has a little something for everyone. Open to all levels. Handouts Provided.
About Lil Rev
Lil Rev grew up in Milwaukee, WI where he still resides today. Growing up in the shadows of American Motors Corp, Briggs N Stratton, and A.O. Smith, he was inspired by the sights and sounds of an industrial powerhouse in flux. His music is infused with a strong sense of humility for the common man.
His heroes include: Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Cicso Houston and Leadbelly.
After graduating in 1987 from John Marshall High School, Lil Rev went on to earn his Bachelors Degree in Community Education from UW-Milwaukee.
Following his college education, Rev decided to take a job working for local 998 as a city bus driver under the Milwaukee County Transit System. He stayed on for 1 year before the urge for going was too strong!
From 1993 to 2000, Lil Rev traveled extensively throughout the Midwest, performing in coffee houses, at house concerts, in schools, libraries, temples, on streetcorners, in taverns and at folk festivals.
From 2000 to 2005, Lil Rev decided it was time to ply his trade as a full time grade school music teacher (Milwaukee Jewish Day School) and as an adjunct lecturer/music historian at The University of WI- Milwaukee.
Following 5 years of teaching, the road called and Lil Rev knew it was time to court the muse once again!
Since that time, Lil Rev has stayed very busy, writing over 8 instructional ukulele books for Hal Leonard, while touring North America extensively.
He tours the east each fall and the south and west in the winter months, while also flying around North America to teach and perform at Ukulele Festivals.
While Lil Rev is well known for his ukulele and harmonica stylings, he is also a seasoned multi-instrumentalist equally adept at old time banjo, flat-pick guitar and blues mandolin.