Local R&B guru Paul Cebar joins forces with 88Nine RadioMilwaukee Music Director Scott Mullins for a vintage record spin Friday at Stone Creek Coffee on Kinnickinnic and Lincoln Avenues in Bay View.
"An Evening of Funky Floor Shakers & Solid Soul Senders!" runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and is the finale to the radio station's Summer Blend DJ Series at the café.
"When we were putting together the line up for this Summer Blend DJ Series back in June, Rock Dee (RIP) asked me who I'd like to DJ with," says Mullins. "I knew immediately that I wanted to DJ with Paul. I've wanted to see his record collection for years now, long before I moved to Milwaukee! He's just a funky ass mofro!"
The event will mark something of a cross-radio bonding session as Cebar has long rocked WMSE's Wednesday morning slot with the same mix of African, Latin and Caribbean sounds augmented by vintage soul, R&B, funk and jazz that will fuel the record spin.
Mullins says he and Cebar will play vintage 45s almost exclusively.
"I'm looking forward to blowing the dust off some of my funkiest 45s and working them in with what Paul brings," says Mullins.
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.