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
 
 Movies & TV - April 25, 2018
 12th Milwaukee Italian Film Festival focuses on food and wine
 For the 12th straight year, the Milwaukee Italian Film Festival returns, bringing a slew of great films - most of which wouldn't likely otherwise screen in Brew City - and, as always, it's free and open to all.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - April 24, 2018
 TripAdvisor says this Milwaukee place is worth traveling to see - and we agree
 While we don't need anyone to tell us how beautiful our basilica is, it's nice of TripAdvisor to let the rest of the world know that the Basilica of St. Josaphat, 2333 S. 6th St., is a gem worthy of a visit.
 
 Milwaukee History - April 24, 2018
 Swanson's book takes us back to "Lost Milwaukee"
 You may have read Carl Swanson's historical vignettes of old Milwaukee here at OnMilwaukee or on his blog, Milwaukee Notebook. Many of his excellent articles are now collected in "Lost Milwaukee," a book published in paperback by The History Press.
 
 Bars & Clubs - April 23, 2018
 After 44 years, RC's says goodbye to its East Side birthplace
 After 44 years as an icon of the East Side bar scene, RC's is closing for good. You can help send off this bit of Milwaukee history at an Irish wake-style party on Saturday, April 28.
 
 #RaiseMKE - April 23, 2018
 MPS expands biennial music festival with All-City Arts Festival at Summerfest
 More than 189 artistic groups with more than 8,000 students representing 125 Milwaukee Public Schools, as well as alumni and partner groups, will perform Wednesday-Friday, May 8-11, at Summerfest's Henry Maier Festival Park as part of the first-ever All-City Arts Festival.
 
 Music - April 21, 2018
 Record Store Day brings more great vinyl to your neighborhood music shop
 You already love vinyl. And this Saturday, April 21, is Record Store Day, which will bring a slew of great limited edition vinyl gems to your local music emporia. Here are some reissued gems I've been enjoying while I wait for RSD '18.
 
 Bars & Clubs - April 20, 2018
 Hidden Gems: Paulie's Field Trip
 Paulie's Pub has been a West Allis destination since 2004, but for the past five years, owners Paul and Kristine Budiac have offered another experience just out the back door. In 2013, they bought a bar two doors south and opened the intimate, Sconnie-focused Paulie's Field Trip.
 
 Bars & Clubs - April 19, 2018
 Progress Report: Checking in on the new Leinenkugel's 10th Street Brewery
 Last May, MillerCoors broke ground on a $50 million expansion of the Leinenkugel's 10th Street Brewery, which would bring 65 new jobs to the neighborhood just northwest of Downtown. Today, we stopped in to get a peek at the progress.
 
 Music - April 19, 2018
 11 places to feed your vinyl addiction on Record Store Day
 Just in time for Record Store Day, here are some of the best places around town to wax musical and feed your PVC addiction.
 
 #RaiseMKE - April 18, 2018
 ReStore celebrates Earth Day and Gallery Night with recycled art show
 In anticipation of the annual Earth Day observance/celebration, which takes place each April 22, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity ReStore hosts its ninth annual Recycled Art Contest, with 116 recycled and repurposed works in what is surely the city's most eco-minded annual art show.
 


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