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Bobby Tanzilo

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Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy -- including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in an episode of TV's "Party of Five," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.



Recent Articles
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - August 26, 2015
 Contest: Milwaukee's "golden" arches
 We're teaming with Historic Milwaukee Inc. on a photo contest to find the best pictures of Milwaukee's finest arches - recognizable (like City Hall's, for example) or not. Post your images to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #MKEarches and HMI executive director Stacy Swadish Kosmatka and I will select the best photo (according to us) on Friday, Sept. 4.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - August 25, 2015
 Urban Spelunking: Engine Co. No. 4
 Bobby Tanzilo is slowly becoming a "collector" of old firehouses. Here he explores the first home of Engine Co. No. 4, located in the heart of Downtown.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - August 22, 2015
 Cave of the Mounds is a Wisconsin wonder
 It seems to always happen in a farm field. A kid sees the mother of God, a white buffalo is born, an astonishing cave full of prehistoric paintings is accidentally uncovered. That's where Wisconsin and the world stumbled upon one of the state's most stunning natural attractions, Cave of the Mounds, too, in 1939.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - August 19, 2015
 Iron Horse co-owner plans hotel in former Kansas City Pabst bottling plant
 In a joint venture with Agman Partners, Aparium Hotels is opening its seventh independently branded, upscale hotel in 2017 in a former Pabst bottling and distribution plant at 2101-07 Central Ave. in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - August 19, 2015
 Urban spelunking: BMO Harris Bradley Center
 Standing in the penthouse - the highest point you can access inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center - and gazing down about 13 stories through the metal grate beneath your feet, the view down to the Bucks playing floor is stunning. For some it might be vertigo-inducing, but the view made me philosophical about Milwaukee's pro sports arena, which is unlikely to survive more than a few more years.
 
 Dining - August 18, 2015
 The Cheel owners restore historic building's turret
 In what they call "an effort to restore the building to its former glory," the owners of The Cheel restaurant in Thiensville - Jesse and Barkha Daily - have restored the turret on the northeast side of the Queen Anne building in the heart of the town's Main Street Historic District.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - August 18, 2015
 Thanks New York, we love you, too
 With seemingly half the city now living somewhere in the 718 (and 212), maybe it makes sense that New York is paying a little more attention to Brew City. Whatever the reason, there's been a flurry of newspaper love from the Big Apple over the past 24 hours.
 
 Dining - August 18, 2015
 A winning hand at Locavore
 Last weekend, I popped over to Potawatomi for drinks, dinner and a couple slots. Let's get this out of the way early. I did NOT win a million bucks on the penny slots. But our last-minute detour paid dividends of a different kind.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - August 17, 2015
 Mystery One turns its final page
 Twenty-two years after opening in a small location at 2109 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee's only crime-focused bookshop, Mystery One Bookstore, is turning its final page.
 
 Music - August 17, 2015
 Original International Jet Set lineup reunites for first gig in 25 years
 For a brief period at the close of the 1980s, Milwaukee's East Side was swaying like Kingston in two decades earlier, with bands like Wild Kingdom and International Jet Set packing clubs with their forays into ska and rock steady. On Saturday, Aug. 22, the original lineup of International Jet Set reunites for the band's first gig in 25, playing at the Miramar Theater, 2844 N. Oakland Ave., as part of the Revenge Scooter Club Rally.
 


Recent Podcasts
 
Music - August 9, 2009
 Eric Blowtorch & The Welders with special guest Prince Jazzbo
In Jamaica, most musicians have a record label or a record shop -- or both. And most Jamaican labels have phone numbers printed on them. So, if you know the industrious Eric Blowtorch, you'll be unsurprised to know that he has dialed a few of those phone numbers. So, don't be surprised that Blowtorch's new single features some big names in Jamaican music.
Length: 00:01:37
 
Food - February 11, 2009
 OnMilwaukee.com Chef Profile: Umami Moto's Dominic Zumpano
OnMilwaukee.com's Bobby Tanzilo talks to Umami Moto and Charro Head Chef Dominic Zumpano about Milwaukee.
Length: 00:03:06
 
Politics - September 2, 2008
 Mayor Tom Barrett talks about mass transit and Police Chief Flynn
It's been four years since we sat down with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for a Milwaukee Talks interview. So, it was high time we asked Tom Barrett, "what's up?"Here, Barrett talks about two-way streets Downtown, mass transit and Police Chief Ed Flynn.
Length: 00:03:14
 
Movies and Television - August 19, 2008
 John McGivern introduces Garry Marshall at the Bronze the Fonz unveiling
John McGivern introduces Garry Marshall at the Bronze the Fonz unveiling
Length: 00:04:52
 
Music - June 18, 2008
 Marcus Amphitheater: No birds allowed
If you have occasion to venture into the Marcus Amphitheater when it's empty you might think life is imitating Hitchcock.
Length: 00:00:34
 
Music - January 26, 2008
 Track Lacer's "Havin' That Dust"
"Havin' That Dust" is the title track on Milwaukee rapper Track Lacer's new CD.
Length: 00:03:16
 
Music - December 15, 2007
 Tray Gee's "Who a Boss"
Born in Milwaukee, rapper Tray Gee -- aka The Prince of the Mil -- was already rapping in kindergarten. So, it's no surprise that at 16 this precocious talent has morphed into one of the city's best hip-hop talents. Hear a portion of his track, "Who a Boss," from his debut CD, "Youngest in Charge."
Length: 00:03:51
 
Music - November 3, 2007
 Element Everest's "Bombs Away"
Here's "Bombs Away," by Element Everest, from her new disc, "Life Is A Heist." The track was produced by AK and features J-Todd.
Length: 00:05:33
 
Music - April 3, 2007
 OnMilwaukee.com/WMSE local music podcast: April 3, 2007
WMSE's Brent Gohde and OnMilwaukee.com's Bobby Tanzilo spin some local music made by bands with gigs in town this week.
Length: 00:28:58
 
Arts and Entertainment - March 27, 2007
 Jonathan Lethem talks about writing and about his work in progress
Author Jonathan Lethem talks about writing and about his work in progress
Length: 00:01:23