The way The Bradberries came together sounds like the beginning of a romance — but it’s a partnership that’s musical, rather than one of true love.
“I always tell people we saw each other from across the room and started a music revolution,” said Brad Bury, the band’s drummer and vocalist.
Founded in 2012, The Bradberries contributed the song “Tiki Hut” to the American Red Cross benefit CD “Red, White & You.” Bury, guitarist and vocalist Scott Ballard, and bassist and vocalist Tom Kemper make up the band.
The Bradberries are a cover band, playing pop, ’90s R&B and some dance music. A typical request is Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” Bury said.
This year, they performed at Opening Day for The Toledo Mud Hens. Although new on the scene, their band was years in the making, Bury said.
“We have known each other forever. We have been in other bands together, and been on the music scene together. It’s a matter of finding the right time to hook up and do something different and play. For the most part, things are going really well,” he said.
“Tiki Hut” is an original song, penned by Bury years ago.
“It mostly relates to being on the ocean, on the beach. It talks about being in the sun, having some drinks, enjoying yourself. There was a tiki hut there at one of the hotels,” Bury said.
After a friend helped Bury record the tune, it became a Bradberries staple.
“When [Michael S. Miller, editor in chief of Toledo Free Press] told me that he was putting together a CD for the Red Cross, and it was more of a beachy-type thing, that song immediately came to me,” Bury said.