If you thought the Lest We Forget Deceased Milwaukee Scene Facebook page was a passing fad, the fact that page creator Mike L. Podolak (yes, he of Sacred Order fame) has parlayed the uber-active group into a live musical extravaganza suggests that it's still going strong.
The dozens of daily posts is also testament to its ongoing popularity.
The Lest We Forget Milwaukee Music Scene Memorial Reunion concert, an idea floated by Ron Faiola and produced by his Push Button Gadget, promises to be a massive reunion with 13 bands Saturday, May 26 at 5 p.m. at Turner Hall Ballroom.
On the bill are Die Kreuzen, Tense Experts, Sacred Order, 3XCleavers, Rock-A-Dials, Blackholes, Dominoes, 3 on Fire, Lubricants, Xposed 4Heads, St. Bernard, Dummy Club and Liv Mueller.
Faiola – director of the documentaries "Fish Fry Night Milwaukee" and "Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience" will show old video clips of bands like The Oil Tasters and The Haskels between performances.
It'll be great to see all of these blasts from the past, but folks seem to be especially hepped up to see Die Kreuzen, who will perform without guitarist Brian Egeness, who has other commitments. In his stead will be the inimitable Jay Tiller.
Watch this space as Molly Snyder will do a full-on D.K. story before the gig.
The show is a benefit for the American Liver Foundation. Tickets are $20 and go on sale Friday, March 2 at noon.
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.