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Musical tribute to murdered guitarist

Fellow performers will say goodbye on Friday in New Hope to Danny DeGennaro, who was gunned down in his Levittown home in December.

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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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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