The 41st Annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards Show is slated for Sunday, May 21 at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave.
In addition to presentation of the awards in 56 categories, the 7 p.m. event will include live performances and the induction of four artists into the WAMI Hall of Fame.
Purchase tickets online here.
Nominations for the awards opened in January, and the final round of voting wrapped up on April 18.
Broadjam, a third-party digital voting system, was used to gather nominations from the general public. The public was also invited to vote for artists in a People's Choice category.
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.