By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 17, 2022 at 10:01 AM

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Generac Power Systems is inviting the artists performing on their Summerfest stage this year to sign one of nine guitars that will then be donated to the Red Cross for auction.

The funds raised will benefit American Red Cross International Services, which helps people touched by war, natural disaster and other humanitarian crises.

Artists performing on the Generac Power Stage this year include The Black Crowes, Violent Femmes, Anthrax, GAYLE, Modern English, Death Cab for Cutie and others.  

Summerfest runs three consecutive weekends, Thursday-Saturday: June 23-25, June 30-July 2 and July 7-9.

“Generac Power Systems is pleased to bring such a strong and diverse musical lineup to Summerfest as we celebrate the second year of the Generac Power Stage at the festival,” said Generac President and CEO Aaron Jagdfeld.

Generac is also sponsoring Summerfest’s Military Appreciation Day on July 1, when from noon until 6 p.m. all active-duty military personnel and veterans who present a valid Military ID, copy or photo of a DD-214 form, or driver’s license with “Veteran” classification at the designated turnstile at any gate will get in free, along with up to four family members.

A Military Appreciation Ceremony, in partnership with the War Memorial Center, will take place that day at 3 p.m. at the Generac Power Stage.

“As a company that has hundreds of military veterans across our growing team, Generac is proud to sponsor Military Appreciation Day,” added Jagdfeld. “It provides all of us an opportunity to honor our nation’s brave soldiers and recognize their unwavering commitment and dedication to our country.”

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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 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.