Started 10 years ago in Los Angeles, International Pop Overthrow has become the world's best power pop music festival. Now, the event -- which has expanded to include gigs in other cities like New York and Liverpool, England -- adds Milwaukee.
Linneman's will host four nights of the festival, May 1-4, with bands like Knit Delicate, Trolley, Certain Stars, Spill, The Lackloves, The Pugilists, Jetty Boys and others.
"I decided to add Milwaukee because I had gotten to know a lot of good pop bands from Milwaukee, who had come to play the Chicago IPO over the years," says event founder David Bash.
"It made perfect sense to add Milwaukee given its proximity to Chicago and given that I knew the city had a healthy pop scene."
Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.com for a full story as the event nears.
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.