The Bacon Brothers
Sunday, July 5, 2015
6:30pm and 9:00pm
The Bacon Brothers, Michael and Kevin, grew up in Philadelphia with their four sisters in a home filled with music. By the late 1960s, Michael, already a professional musician, would gig with his band at the city’s famed Electric Factory with a young Kevin tagging along when he could. It’s a time preserved in the cover art for The Bacon Brothers’ New Year’s Day with a preteen Kevin singing alongside a mandolin-strumming Michael. The record, laden with the brothers’ trademark gritty rock and a touch of Philly soul, hearkens back to those roots in the City of Brotherly Love when life was less complicated and music filled the air. Michael has gone on to become an Emmy Award winning composer for film and television; most recently scoring Good Fortune – The Story of Morgenthau, as well as a documentary about Texas Governor, Ann Richards for HBO. Kevin, a prolific stage and screen actor, is now starring in the FOX TV drama, “The Following”.
But there’s something about singing with your sibling. In 1995, the two formed a band, now, 18 years later, any cynical preconceptions about well-known actors “dabbling” in music can safely be discarded. As The New Yorker observed: “Hollywood hangs like an albatross around the neck of any movie star turned musician, but this duo shakes off the burden of fame with sharply executed rock that has a blue-collar, rootsy edge.” The band has gigged relentlessly to build up a following and have released seven albums and a live concert DVD. This includes their 2011 European compilation release, Philadelphia Road: The Best of The Bacon Brothers (Hypertension), which is now available in the US on Soulfood. The band continues to win believers—show by show, album by album.