By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jan 03, 2007 at 9:36 AM
On my first visit to Good Life, I enjoyed the food. But even more, I enjoyed going to a Caribbean-themed business that didn't feature tie-dyed-looking murals featuring Bob Marley's face and the whole schlocky, cynical exploitation of the departed superstar. Even better, there was not a hint of Buffett anywhere!! As a nearly 30-year fan of Jamaican music, this was a rare and delectable treat in itself.

Although three Marley tunes played during our 90-minute or so dining experience (that's no problem, since there's no denying his impact and we love his music), we also heard a great roots tune by Rod Taylor, a Treasure Isle-era number by Daddy U Roy, a Volcano-era dancehall gem from Yellowman, an OK crossover Jimmy Cliff tune, Peter Tosh's "No Sympathy," and other great music.

Kudos to DJ and Cassie Brooks, for getting everything right -- not just the food, but also the music -- at Good Life.
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 has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.