If you missed The Celebrated Workingman unleash its second disc, "Content Content," a record frontman Mark Waldoch calls, "the best record I've ever made," onstage at the Made in Milwaukee festival earlier this summer, you'll get another chance this week.
The band headlines the latest Pablove Across America benefit gig at Tonic Tavern, 2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in Bay View, Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Pablove Foundation and its battle against childhood cancer.
The event is part of the Pablove Across America 17-day fundraising bike ride from Milwaukee to New Orleans that kicks off on Oct. 8. Another, more family-focused, event – Pedaling For Pablove – takes place Oct. 2 at State Fair Park.
Performing at the Tonic gig are Old Man Malcolm, Team Enabler, Into Arcadia, The Snowbirds and Dim Suns.
But, the show will also allow Milwaukee to hear one of its best bands, The Celebrated Workingman, play songs from its brilliant 11-song sophomore effort.
The record – produced by Ryan Weber of Eric & Magill and Decibully – follows 2008's heralded "Herald the Dickens."
"The album was recorded between February '10 and May '11 in two basements and one attic using a computer Steve Jobs would approve of," Waldoch says.
One listen and you can hear quite clearly that Waldoch and his bandmates have poured their hearts into the record.
With dynamic and powerful arrangements and Waldoch's emotive vocals, the songs explode out of the speakers and will have you on the edge of your seat for all its 47 minutes.
Nathan McNichols' tuneful guitar work adds dimension to the rumbling rhythm section of drummer Joe Kirschling and bassist Gavin Rice.
Rice has since replaced by William Ryan Gardiner who made his live debut with the band at Made In Milwaukee. This will be his second appearance with The Celebrated Workingman.
You can hear and download "Content, Content" at thecelebratedworkingman.bandcamp.com.
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.