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Lil Rev interview on the radio, recorded May 2, 2012.
At the center of the Milwaukee ukulele universe is Lil Rev, whose credits include CDs, song books, countless performances, and now... a book of poetry. Lil Rev talks with Mitch Teich about the state of the ukulele here and his new book, Ukulele Nation. His most recent CD is called The Happiest Way to Be Sad.
Schools and Libraries
Lil' Rev tours extensively throughout the Midwest as a frequent performer at schools, libraries, museums, and health care facilities.
Please check out Rev's Biography to find out more about his musical experience and abilities.
Lil' Rev at Ramona Elementary in Los Angeles, CA.
"Lil' Rev's visit this morning at the Capitola library was amazing, he engaged every person in the room, we didn't want him to stop! The Capitola community will be eagerly waiting for another appearance from Marc."
Youth Services Library Assistant
Santa Cruz City/County Library System
Lil' Rev's Midwestern Harvest
(for school assemblies)
This program is featured in Lil' Rev's all-school assemblies as a showcase for kids to learn about unique Folk Instruments as well as the Music, Labor, and Lore of the Midwest.
Together, we'll sing songs of the people and professions that have served to make the Midwest what it is today. From Great Lakes Sea Shanty's, silly Farming songs, Lumber Jack Lingo, Chicago Blues and impromptu polkas, kids will learn and remember the rich traditions that have contributed to our Midwestern culture.
Note: Expect to sing, dance, clap, tap and laugh your way through a joyous 50 minutes of rich American history in song and dance.
*This program is recommended for K-5th grade levels and may be done as an assembly or in individual classrooms.
*Lil' Rev received his undergraduate degree in Community Education from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1993. He has been performing for over 15 years and has experience as both a classroom teacher as well as a university lecturer.
Lil' Rev with the President of the Revheads Fan Club ... Adam in Mount Morris, Wisconsin.
"The harmonica class was great! The kids were totally absorbed and, Rev, you are a natural teacher! After school I could hear harmonica humming as the kids waited for their busses. That's what teaching is all about...opening up avenues for kids. The kids who volunteered to perform in class were the "challenged" kids...the ones who seldom perform well academically. What a great direction for them! "
Anacortes School District (WA)
"Your program as we said that day, was the best we had this summer. The way you are able to work with the children and their parents is like a piece of art."
Plymouth Public Library
DeFord Bailey Tunes
Anacortes, WA - 2007
Jews N Blues
Join America’s Favorite Jewish Folksinger, Lil Rev for a heartfelt evening of songs, stories, humor and instrumental magic as in Jews N Blues.
This one man show celebrates the Jewish contribution to American Roots N Blues. From ragtime and jazz to the founding of Rock N Roll…Jews have made major creative contributions to all of these genres.
Listen as Lil Rev weaves an amazing tale of Jews whose passion, persistence and creativity has helped to paint the American popular landscape with an unforgettable vocabulary of poetic lyric and melody!
Singing his own compositions, historical anecdotes, a few choice covers and some romping blues instrumentals…Lil Rev strikes at the heart of America music… and like the classic blues of long ago…brings forth joy, sorrow and utter determination.
Lil' Rev with Rabbi Jim Mirel playing the blues at B'nai Torah in Bellvue, WA
01 March 2009
"Lil Rev lit up our community with his virtuoso musical skills, his humor and the touching stories of his relationship with his grand-parents. We can not wait for him to return."
Rabbi Jim Mirel, Temple B'nai Torah,Bellevue WA
Jews & Blues: (Sample Set List):
- Intro-Jewish Train Conductors
- Walk Right In
- Laughter & Tears-You Don’t Know
- Louie Armstrong Story
- Ot Azoy Neyt A Shnader
- Blacks who sang Jewish Songs…etc.
- She Sure Got Shikker
- Sophie Tucker/St. Louis Blues
- George Burns-Wristwatch Story
- Peddling Blues
- Men Ken Platsn-Poem
- Drey Kop Blues
- Vats In A Name
- Talking Little Tushie Blues
- The Record Men-Chess Brothers
- They Kept It Hidden
- Hound Dog-Leiber/Stoller
- Big Walters Boogie
Lil Rev is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and music-historian who teaches and tours nationally, around the continental U.S.
Senior Living Programs - Lil' Rev
Mult-Instrumentalist, Singer, Storyteller, and Historian
The Experience - Lil' Rev has over a dozen years of musical and therapeutic experience.
Rev works with all functioning levels and disabilities including dementia, developmentally disabled & chronically ill.
His program seeks to reach out and connect with all residents from the highly active to the passive/withdrawn individual.
Drawing from a rainbow of styles including dixie-land jazz (standard/pop of the 20's and 30's), blues, folk songs, Irish (Celtic), ethnic (waltzes, reels, jigs, polkas) and original works.
Guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, harmonica, and kazoo.
Though not all at once!