Bobby Tanzilo

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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 an episode of TV's "Party of Five," 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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories. 



Recent Articles
 
 Bars & Clubs - September 16, 2019
 Captain Pabst's Mansion hosts its first outdoor beer festival
 The Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., will host its first-ever outdoor brew fest, called The Beer Baron's Bash, on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lot across Wisconsin Avenue.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - September 16, 2019
 7 reasons not to miss the new China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens
 For its fourth appearance at the Boerner Botanical Gardens in Whitnall Park, China Lights, which opened this weekend and runs until Oct. 20, features a regiment of the Terracotta Warriors, who stand proud behind their horses, glowing from inside.
 
 Bars & Clubs - September 13, 2019
 Ale's what cures ya: Lakefront's Fest of Ale returns for another round
 Now that it's in its second year, Lakefront Brewery's Fall Fest of Ale can officially call itself "annual." The festival takes place from 10 a.m. (it's 5 o'clock somewhere!) until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, the outdoor space around Lakefront Brewery.
 
 Bars & Clubs - September 12, 2019
 Do this: Try two new brews at Third Space Brewing's 3rd anniversary party
 The ever-growing Third Space Brewing celebrates its third birthday on Saturday, Sept. 14 from noon until 10 p.m., and the day offers up not only two new brews but chances to sample limited brews you might have missed in the past.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - September 12, 2019
 What's familiar is sparkly new again in Lake Geneva
 It's easy to get caught up in the eternal quest for something shiny and new, especially when making return visits to a hometown getaway like Lake Geneva. But sometimes even the classics can be glitzy and fresh, too. On a recent visit, I revisited some gems on and around Geneva Lake and found each one to be shinier than ever.
 
 Music - September 11, 2019
 Behind the 8 ball: The story of jazz organist Baby Face Willette
 With a name as suited to a Prohibition-era gangster as to a diminutive, sharp-dressed musician with a winning smile, the late jazz organist "Baby Face" Willette feels almost mythical. And the fact that he spent time in Milwaukee, not only pursuing a career, but building a life, albeit briefly, feels a bit like fiction. We try to uncover the facts.
 
 Milwaukee History - September 10, 2019
 Urban spelunking: Trecker Mansion
 When we think of Milwaukee mansions, let's not forget Washington Heights, where the gems on Washington and Hi-Mount Boulevards rival those anywhere in town. Recently, I was invited to see the home that industrialist Theodore Trecker built on Hi-Mount in 1915.
 
 Bars & Clubs - September 10, 2019
 City Lights and Third Space collaborate on wild rice lager for Valley Week
 City Lights Brewing and Third Space Brewing have partnered on a collaboration brew that will be launched on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. to kick off Valley Week, which runs Sept. 21 through 28, an annual fall celebration that showcases the ever-changing and evolving Menomonee Valley.
 
 Festival Guide - September 10, 2019
 RSVP now! Summerfest announces 2020 festival on Facebook
 Although you could likely triangulate the dates of next year's Big Gig based on previous festivals and a calendar, why not get the solid info from the source?
 
 Music - September 8, 2019
 Pianist Jack Spann walks us through his latest record, "Propaganda Man"
 Though he's based in New York City, pianist, singer and songwriter Jack Spann has become something of an honorary Milwaukee musician. We asked him to walk us through the 12 songs on his new record, "Propaganda Man" one-by-one.
 


Recent Podcasts
 
Music - August 9, 2009
 Eric Blowtorch & The Welders with special guest Prince Jazzbo
In Jamaica, most musicians have a record label or a record shop -- or both. And most Jamaican labels have phone numbers printed on them. So, if you know the industrious Eric Blowtorch, you'll be unsurprised to know that he has dialed a few of those phone numbers. So, don't be surprised that Blowtorch's new single features some big names in Jamaican music.
Length: 00:01:37
 
Food - February 11, 2009
 OnMilwaukee.com Chef Profile: Umami Moto's Dominic Zumpano
OnMilwaukee.com's Bobby Tanzilo talks to Umami Moto and Charro Head Chef Dominic Zumpano about Milwaukee.
Length: 00:03:06
 
Politics - September 2, 2008
 Mayor Tom Barrett talks about mass transit and Police Chief Flynn
It's been four years since we sat down with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for a Milwaukee Talks interview. So, it was high time we asked Tom Barrett, "what's up?"Here, Barrett talks about two-way streets Downtown, mass transit and Police Chief Ed Flynn.
Length: 00:03:14
 
Movies and Television - August 19, 2008
 John McGivern introduces Garry Marshall at the Bronze the Fonz unveiling
John McGivern introduces Garry Marshall at the Bronze the Fonz unveiling
Length: 00:04:52
 
Music - June 18, 2008
 Marcus Amphitheater: No birds allowed
If you have occasion to venture into the Marcus Amphitheater when it's empty you might think life is imitating Hitchcock.
Length: 00:00:34
 
Music - January 26, 2008
 Track Lacer's "Havin' That Dust"
"Havin' That Dust" is the title track on Milwaukee rapper Track Lacer's new CD.
Length: 00:03:16
 
Music - December 15, 2007
 Tray Gee's "Who a Boss"
Born in Milwaukee, rapper Tray Gee -- aka The Prince of the Mil -- was already rapping in kindergarten. So, it's no surprise that at 16 this precocious talent has morphed into one of the city's best hip-hop talents. Hear a portion of his track, "Who a Boss," from his debut CD, "Youngest in Charge."
Length: 00:03:51
 
Music - November 3, 2007
 Element Everest's "Bombs Away"
Here's "Bombs Away," by Element Everest, from her new disc, "Life Is A Heist." The track was produced by AK and features J-Todd.
Length: 00:05:33
 
Music - April 3, 2007
 OnMilwaukee.com/WMSE local music podcast: April 3, 2007
WMSE's Brent Gohde and OnMilwaukee.com's Bobby Tanzilo spin some local music made by bands with gigs in town this week.
Length: 00:28:58
 
Arts and Entertainment - March 27, 2007
 Jonathan Lethem talks about writing and about his work in progress
Author Jonathan Lethem talks about writing and about his work in progress
Length: 00:01:23