Elvis Presley would have turned 73 on Jan. 8 and once again in his honor, Potawatomi Bingo Casino presents "A Tribute to the King," from Jan 7 through 10. Nearly 20 Elvis impersonators will descend into the Menomonee Valley to compete for more than $40,000 in prize money at the annual event.
The top prize of $25,004 is the largest of its kind in the country. The competition runs four days with preliminary rounds at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 7 through Jan. 9. A "wild card" round follows at 2 p.m. Jan. 10. The winners of the rounds then compete for the Grand Championship at 8 p.m. Jan. 10.
All of the preliminary rounds are free, but tickets for the final round are $25, $35 and $45. All of the events take place in the Northern Lights Theater.
For tickets, call Potawatomi's ticket office at (414) 847-7922.
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.