Even if you haven’t been out and about at night much lately during these pandemic days, you’ve surely seen images of the illuminated Hoan Bridge flickering across social media.
Especially now that we’re in the season when folks enjoy taking to their cars to check out the holiday lights displays around the city, you might want to add a Light the Hoan show to your to-do list.
A schedule that details everything – including the Radio Milwaukee Local Artist Show, the Haribo 100th anniversary show and a New Year’s Event, among others – can now be found here, helping you time your visit perfectly.
Some great places for viewing include the foot of Erie Street in the Third Ward (near the American Family Insurance Amphitheater) and across the river near the riverfront boat launch at Bruce and South Water Streets.
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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.