Ghostly International, Numero Group and Secretly Group record labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian have collaborated to bring back their Paved Paradise, a free expo with music, record, merchandise and more.
The Midwest jaunt lands in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 1 at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., in Walker's Point.
From noon until 6 p.m., there will be two tents will vinyl, cassettes, CDs and more, in what the labels call, "equal parts pop-up shop, block party and roadside fruit stand."
There will also be a Hi-Res listening station from streaming platform Qobuz, and Secretly employees will also be there to chat and share stories.
The tour, which also has stops in Madison and Eau Claire, as well as Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Minneapolis and Champaign, follows the first Paved Paradise tour, which clocked more than 3,000 miles and welcome more than 5,000 guests in more than a dozen cities last fall.
More on Paved Paradise here.
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.