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History of the Blues with Lil' Rev and special guest Mike Ammons
Join author, educator and award-winning entertainer Lil Rev for a fun night of Blues History with special guest Mike Ammons. Part lecture and part performance, combined with archival recordings and Lil Rev's infectious love for the blues. We'll study the roots of the blues including work songs, spirituals, ragtime and jazz; as these morph into the Jug Band era, Delta Blues, Piedmont Blues, Chicago Blues and beyond. This is a fun exciting way to learn about a style of music that is often cited as the foundation of rock n roll
Lil' Rev was born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with dual passions for music and education. After college he taught music to grade schoolers at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School and served as an adjunct music historian and lecturer at The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. After many years of performing in the Midwest, Lil' Rev left his teaching jobs behind to pursue his musical dreams full-time. Since then, he has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, visited every state in the Union (except Alaska and Hawaii), wrote almost a dozen instructional books, recorded over a dozen albums and taught thousands of students ukulele and harmonica.
Please visit the Mike Ammons website to learn more about this local musician. Click the link HERE.