By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 02, 2021 at 9:16 AM

If you're a fan of contemporary country music and are itching to get back into live concert mode, FM106.1 has got you covered with one of the first in-person concerts in the area since the shutdown.

The radio station hosts its Class of 2021 powered by Boucher Automotive Group, Saturday June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

The return of this longstanding event also marks the shift to a new venue: Brookfield's great Sharon Lynne Wilson Center.

"We are SO excited to bring live music back to Milwaukee .... we've not only been missing the music ourselves, but we have so missed being out and about with our listeners and connecting with them," says Program Director Shanna "Quinn" Cudeck.

This year's up-close and intimate gig features:

  • Parker McCollum
  • Runaway June
  • Lainey Wilson
  • Priscilla Block
  • Elvie Shane

"The lineup this year is extremely diverse, which I love," says Cudeck. "Every artist has their own sound and style ... there's basically something for everyone with this group.

"Parker McCollum has already had a No. 1 hit with 'Pretty Heart,' Runaway June had their hit song 'Buy My Own Drinks' while touring with Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson was recently our iHeartCountry On The Verge artist nationwide, Priscilla Block created a buzz via TikTok during the pandemic, and Elvie Shane's 'My Boy' tells a sweet story between a step parent and a child that so many can relate to."

Tickets are available here. Follow OnMilwaukee's social media accounts this week for ticket giveaway, too!

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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.