As President Joe Biden gears up for the first official trip of his presidency – a visit to Milwaukee for a town hall event with CNN at The Pabst Theater – nearly two dozen Downtown buildings and landmarks will mark the occasion in light.
Beginning tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m., everything from the Hoan Bridge and Discovery World to the Domes will be illuminated in red, white and blue until dawn.
Biden’s appearance, with Anderson Cooper, is tonight.
Here is a list of the participating buildings and landmarks:
- City Hall, in partnership with IATSE Local #18, Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, and VISIT Milwaukee
- Daniel W. Hoan Memorial Bridge – Light the Hoan
- Discovery World
- Fiserv Forum
- I-794 Underpass (Broadway and Water Street) – Brighten the Passage
- Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
- Lakefront Brewery
- Marcus Performing Arts Center
- Milwaukee Art Museum
- Milwaukee County Historical Society
- Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 Office – 301 W. Wisconsin Ave.
- Mitchell Park Domes
- The Pabst Theater
- The Pfister Hotel
- Riverside Theater
- Schlitz Park
- Turner Hall
- U.S. Bank Center
- Wisconsin Center District (Wells Street tunnel)
- 600 EAST Wisconsin
- 833 East Michigan
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. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," 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.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.