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Lil' Rev Brings Ukulele Lovers Together In Milwaukee

Mitch Teich
Musician Marc Revenson, who's also known as Lil' Rev, plays the ukulele in Lake Effect's performance studio.

Musician Marc Revenson (also known as Lil' Rev), is a veritable ambassador to the ukulele. Based in Sheboygan, Revenson travels around the country sharing his love for the Hawaiian instrument.

His most recent album, "Sing Song Daddy," features Americana music, including a couple of the tunes he played in Lake Effect's performance studio, "The Old Sheboygan Soft Shoe" and "The Milwaukee Waltz." He says the ukulele played a role in making Americans participants in music, rather than just listeners.

"The instrument got America singing again. We needed that," he says. "We needed to find our voice again, at a time when almost everything seemed to sound alike or canned or what have you."

Revenson is also the organizer of the Great Lakes Ukulele Gathering, which brings players and lovers of the instrument together to Anodyne Coffee in Walker’s Point Sunday, Oct. 14.