Musical tribute to murdered guitarist

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Danny DeGennaro was known for his unique guitar playing and song writing.

On Friday, musicians from around the Philadelphia area and across the country will perform a Rock ‘n’ Roll Tribute to Danny DeGennaro, a guitarist and songwriter who was shot and killed in his Levittown home in December.

“Musicians who have played with Danny for the past 30 years will say their final goodbye to him” at John & Peter's in New Hope, said Kevin Kirwan, his manager and childhood friend.   

DeGennaro, 56, was killed on Dec. 28, and police are still investigating the shooting. Friends are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of his killer (www.DannyDReward.com; 215-788-8289). Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers (www.pacrimestoppers.org/crimestoppers; 1-800-472-8477) also is offering a reward.

The Pennsbury High School graduate performed with the musical group Kingfish alongside former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir. He also played with Clarence Clemons, an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band; and drummer Dave Uosikkinen, founder of The Hooters.

Kingfish and Uosikkinen will perform in the free tribute, scheduled for 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the club at 96 S. Main St. Other performers include guitarist T.J. Tindall, who has played with Bonnie Raitt and Michael Jackson; keyboardist Glenn McClelland, who played with Blood, Sweat and Tears; and bass player Gary Balduzzi, who played with Rita Coolidge and Billy Joel.

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