As Milwaukee gets ready to (Summer) Fest, you can get a jump on the Big Gig by checking out more than a dozen local bands in their natural year-'round habitat. The OnMilwaukee.com East Side Music Crawl features 15 local bands at 15 bars.
For just $10, on Saturday, June 25, from 3 until 8 p.m., you can hear bands at BBC, Cans, Dogs Bollocks, The Eastsider, Hooligan's, Judge's, Landmark Lanes, Hotel Foster, Rascals, RC's, Replay Sports Bar, Vintage, Vitucci's, Von Trier and Yield.
Among the bands already announced are S.S. Web (at BBC), Kid Cut Up and DJ E-Rich (Cans), DJ Roman (The Eastsider), Dan Harvey (RC's), Mississippi Cactus Brothers (Vintage), Mike Brum (Vitucci's), No Sleep for the Bear and Into Arcadia (Yield).
There will also be live karaoke at Judge's, and stay tuned because more bands will be announced soon.
The OnMilwaukee.com Street Team will also be on hand to give away 400 free Summerfest tickets and stage-right passes. Find out how you can win Black Keys tickets, too, on the event Web site.
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.