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Bryan Brother Break from Tour for Music, Charities

October 22, 2010 03:02 PM
bryans-chest-bump-webThe Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, who frequently trek between their training base in Saddlebrook, Fla., and their home in California, take a break from the tour in late October to play charity gigs with their Bryan Bros. Band. Tonight they play the Wokcano Club in Santa Monica, Calif., to benefit Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research and the Bryan Brothers Foundation, featuring with artists such as the Grammy nominated singer Lisa Loeb, Michael Johns (American Idol 2008 finalist), Canadian superstars Hedley, and Pete Yorn. They will also hold The Tennis Grand Slam Jam at the Malibu Racquet Club on Saturday, Oct. 23 along with Sam Querrey, Florida's Sloane Stephens and Lilia Osterloh.

The Bryan's father, coach Wayne Bryan, shared with USTA Florida a Q&A with the twins regarding their music and some of their on-court record-breaking successes this year:

What made you guys start a band when you have so much on your plate with tennis? 

Mike: Yes, we are busy playing the pro tennis circuit and we travel the world all year, but we love playing music. Always have. 

Bob: We've always had a band with our Dad and we did all kinds of performances growing up -- at school events and at junior tennis tournaments all over the country. Now we have formed a band with David Baron [son the Baron family that runs the ATP Delray Beach, Fla. event]  -- great singer and keyboard player who also went to Stanford -- and Jim Bogios, the amazing drummer of the Counting Crows, plays most of our gigs with us when he is not traveling and doing concerts with his band. 

Mike: We have done 25 gigs this year and we still use the same name for our group that we did as kids: The Bryan Bros. Band. We have a CD out called "Let It Rip" and its on iTunes and has sold pretty well and our fans seem to really like it.

How has becoming the most winning doubles team of all time [in 2010] changed your world? 

Bob: Well, for one thing it really relieved a lotta pressure. As we approached title #62 (the great Aussie team known as the Woodies -- Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde -- had 61 during their Hall of Fame career) all the press and fans kept asking us, "When are you going to break the record? Are you going to break the record this week? Why can't you guys break the record?" It was getting on our nerves. 

Mike: And to break it at LA at the Farmers Classic at the UCLA Tennis Stadium was a wonderful thrill -- especially in front of all our family, friends and loyal and supportive SoCal fans. 

Bob: And it was so cool that it was televised on the Tennis Channel with all the fans rooting like crazy for us. And to have Mark Woodforde there to come down on the court and say very kind and classy words was just so nice. 

Mike: And now it is nice to be introduced before out matches as the winningest doubles team or #1 doubles team of all time, but I agree with Bob, it's just good to finally have that record in our rear view mirror. And now with the pressure off, we are up to #66, having won Toronto, Cincy, the US Open, and Beijing after LA.

Who are some of your favorite people that you have ever jammed with? 

Bob: Well first and foremost, we love playing with Jim Bogios of the Counting Crows! We think he is a drummer's drummer and really the best in the world.  He has also had long tours with Sheryl Crow and the Dixie Chicks. 

Mike: Besides being an incredible player, he is such a cool, very nice, funny and enthusiastic guy. And he a fine tennis player and loves our sport and supports us 100% on the court and on stage. 

Bob: Dan Vickery, the lead guitar player of the Crows has also performed with us. And really the highlight of our music lives was sitting in with the Crows at a huge concert in Orlando! We were so scared but we loved doin' their big hit Hangin' Around. 

Mike: And we've done tennis exhibitions with Elton John, Carlos Santana, and Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band. Famous tennis players that have sat in with our band include: Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, John McEnroe, Guillermo Vilas, Mats Wilander, and Max Mirnyi.

What made you want to partner up with the Bogart Foundation to create the Grand Slam Jam Concert and Tennis Tournament? 

Mike: We had heard so much about the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program from lots of people and we wanted to help. We like to direct our Bryan Brothers Foundations to kids in need and these organization is doing such wonderful work. 

Bob: Sean McCarthy, a fine musician and sound guy first told us about Bogart at an exo we were doing in Birmingham last December. He then hooked us up with music execs, Bill Vuylstek and Jonathan McHugh, who already had a tennis event they had run through the years and they really made this perfect connection work for us. 

Mike: They have all worked so hard on the event. Amazing effort by them all.

Who are you excited about seeing perform tonight? 

Bob: Of course, Lisa Loeb! We have listened to her music through the years and she is a great artist and so nice of her to come and perform. She has a big heart and does lots of charity work. 

Mike: We have heard that Griff Frank is a fabulous singer and on the way up. Bands we are looking forward to hearing are Hedley from Canada and our pals Bascom Hill from Wisconsin.

Bob: We know that Peter Yorn and Brett Dennen and Renee Caesar have big followings and we want to listen to them too. A friend of ours from the juniors, Josh Osswald will close the show and know that he has put together a hot group of musicians. 

Mike: It really is going to be a great show with a variety of talent. 

Bob: We are so, so appreciative that these wonderful singers and musicians are coming out to play this Grand Slam Jam Concert to benefit Bogart and the Bryan Brothers Foundation.

Talk about the tennis exhibition tomorrow? 

Mike: It's going to be a huge day of tennis at the beautiful Malibu Racquet Club and we must say thanks so, so much to club GM and former tour player, Trey Waltke, for hosting the event and being so supportive, and to club pro, John McCampbell, who has worked so hard on the event. 

Bob: Mike and I and Sam Querrey and a terrific bunch of pros will be pairing up with the 'ams' and changing partners each round. Other pros helping out include: Sloane Stephens, Lilia Osterloh, Justin Gimelstob, Vince Spadea, Derek Rostagno, Trey Waltke, Scotty Davis, Tony Graham, Erik Vervloet, and Chris Ojakian.






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