You can call him “Bud,” and his group is called The Buddy Love Review. And if you were one of the New Year’s Eve revelers at the Chew Chew Cafe in Riverside that night, you would have been entertained by the trio.
Playing for both your easy listening during the dining hours and for those taking a turn on the dance floor while waiting to usher in 2012, Bud put a cap on an evening which included the gourmet meal, music and surroundings which rivaled the best downtown Chicago could offer. And it was right here in River City.
The Buddy Love Review is led by North Riverside resident Bud Burau. The group also includes Lyons resident Ray Smith and Riversider Beverly Aieta, an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician in her own right.
Burau has been in the music business for over 30 years. Many of those years he spent leading his own orchestra, called the Stay Tuned Orchestra, which was one of the top bands playing Chicago hotels when those orchestras were in demand. His orchestra was on the list of event planners as a “go to” group for good entertainment.
He says it is a challenge making songs previously recorded for an orchestra work for a trio, but he reminds himself that almost all music was written by someone just sitting at a piano. He likes to know his audience and “looks for songs that are versatile and danceable,” a skill he says comes from “years of experience with his orchestra.” He still finds it a great pleasure to perform for people.
His favorite music? Frank Sinatra, of course, and rhythm and blues.
Aside from his trio, Burau is an active member of the North Riverside Historical Society and their efforts to restore the sign which once lit up the famed Melody Mill Ballroom in North Riverside on Desplaines Avenue. The Melody Mill is of particular interest to him, because of its history in the Chicagoland area and the era of the great ballrooms. He is among those spearheading efforts to raise funds for the sign’s restoration.
If you are interested in seeing The Buddy Love Review perform, their schedule for January 2012 includes the Tuscany Restaurant in Oak Brook on Jan. 19th; the Avenue Ale House in Oak Park on Jan. 21 and the Salt Creek Wine Bar in Brookfield on Jan. 28. For further information on the group or how you may book them for your next event or party contact Bud Burau at 708-220-7692. You can also check the band out online on Facebook.
This article has been edited to correct the spelling of Bud Burau’s last name.