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Lil' Rev Comes to Town!

November 8, 2013 - Jim Price
If you are a fan or student of the ukulele, a well-known ukulele performer and instructor is visiting the Altoona area in the coming week.

Lil’ Rev – Marc Revenson – is a noted musician and instructor based out of Milwaukee. Citing such influences as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly; he is known for performing Yiddish, folk and blues music; and has also authored two ukulele instruction books in the Hal Leonard series. He specializes in ukulele and harmonica, but also plays banjo, guitar and mandolin. Lil’ Rev will visit Altoona on Thursday night, Nov. 14, to perform at Temple Beth Israel starting at 7:30 p.m. The focus of his concert will be the history of New York City’s Tin Pan Alley, and he will perform music from that era. Tickets are $10 per person, and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

In other area live music happenings, Aldo’s will host a special benefit for an area youngster in need of a kidney transplant. The Benefit for Caitlin will happen on Saturday night starting at 10 p.m., to raise monies for 7-year-old Caitlin, a Bellwood girl in need of a kidney. The concert will feature performances from local punk favorites Xs for Eyes, the Railroad City Murder Machines, Michigan-based hardcore group Ante Up, Pittsburgh’s SPRRWS and indie acoustic punk performer Kevo Can’t Dance. Donation at the door is $5.

Area favorites and rising bands and performers populate the stages, so support live music this weekend and upcoming week! And if you plan to celebrate heavily while doing so, please designate a driver or call a cab!

Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend and the coming week:


On the Run, A Faster Ride, Anchors to Anchors and We Must Save the Princess at Alumni Hall, Mount Aloysius College, Cresson (starts 6 p.m., admission is canned goods)

Naildriver and Black Sun at Aldo’s, Altoona

Hardcore Show with Terrible Minds, Menace, Ante Up, Counterfeit, Grey Lines and Black Mask at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 5:30 p.m.); hip-hop after-party with Chillz, Three High Crew and PennSoulVania

Yesterday’s Classics at Heidelberg Club, Altoona

Phil Baskin at Aviation Inn, Duncansville (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Jeff Ciampa (jazz) at Mimi’s Restaurant, Huntingdon (starts 9 p.m.)


Allegheny Bilge Rats Shanty Choir at Black Dog Café, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Family Pizza, Altoona

Benefit for Caitlin at Aldo’s, Altoona; featuring Xs for Eyes, Ante Up, Railroad City Murder Machines, SPRRWS at Kevo Can’t Dance (donation $5, proceeds help Caitlin, a 7-year-old Bellwood girl needing a kidney transplant)

Flight 19 at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Conner Gilbert at Eldolyn Terrace, Altoona

Nobody’s Heroes at 4Ds Lounge, Altoona

PennSoulVania (hip-hop artists) at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Left for Dead at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Crazy Nites at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

R2B2 at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon

Punk Fiction at Wild Side Saloon, Gallitzin

Screamin’ Ugly at Magoo’s, Cresson

White Shadow at Cresson American Legion, Cresson

Locked and Loaded at Gallitzin Moose, Gallitzin

Undercover at Castle Pub, Ebensburg


Bavarian Polkateers at Bavarian Hall, Altoona (starts 3 p.m.)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Ty Ayers (acoustic) at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona


Jack and the Country Gentlemen at Clair’s Ashville Inn, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Craig Fitzpatrick at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)


Lil’ Rev (ukulele and harmonica) at Temple Beth Israel, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Triple Threat at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)

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Renowned ukulele performer and instructor Lil' Rev, who teaches ukulele techniques in the Hal Leonard instructional book series, will visit Temple Beth Israel in Altoona on Thursday evening to perform music from Tin Pan Alley.


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