By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jan 18, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Today, I'm happy to welcome a new blogger to After a few years working hard in Chicago, Nirvana Cobb is back in Milwaukee and her work for us debuts today. 

Our first contact with Nirvana came when we were assembling the first edition of the "OMCD" series of local music compilation CDs. Nirvana was working with Milwaukee rapper Baby Drew and help us secure his bumpin' tune "Turn It Loose (Rice & Beans)" for the disc.

When she showed up at the release party for the disc, we all learned about what a driven, eager and resourceful promoter of Milwaukee music she is. 

Also involved in fashion -- she has her own line of kidswear -- Nirvana has her finger on the pulse of Brew City and she'll share her passion and knowledge with readers every week. 

Her first blog -- about a boutique on the northwest side -- runs this morning. Check it out and join me in welcoming Nirvana back to town and to!

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.