(Photo from Copy of Authors Magazine)
The Bacon Brothers Band came to my attention from two sources along different time frames. In the first instance, The Bacon Brothers appeared on a program called Live From Daryl’s House – a monthly live performance webcast that is taped from singer/songwriter Daryl Hall’s home. And yes, Kevin plays guitar and sings well along with his brother Michael.
The second instance that I became aware of the band came from a friend of mine in Florida, who saw The Bacon Brothers in concert. As we all know (or should know) Kevin Bacon is best known for his acting roles in “The Following,” “Footloose,” “Mystic River” and “Apollo 13,”. In all, Kevin has appeared in 80 films and has earned a Golden Globe with several Emmy and Screen Actor’s Guild nominations.
Brother Michael, took the musician and composer route to his younger brother’s acting career. Both hail from Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. Their gritty if not eclectic blend of original rock, folk, soul and country music is the real deal — and not merely a musician with an actor/brother “going through the motions”.
On March 18, 2016, Michael premiered a four-movement “Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra” in downtown Manhattan.
Kevin has starred in “Cop Car” and “Black Mass” with a theater turn in “Rear Window” at Hartford Stage in Connecticut.
Michael and Kevin were surrounded by music from an early age.
Two decades on, the band, formed in 1995, is a must-see for anyone who loves music. Lest anyone challenge Kevin’s Hollywood ties, The New Yorker stated, “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 Bacon Brothers Band is: Michael Bacon on vocals, guitar and cello; Kevin Bacon on vocals, guitar and percussion; Paul Guzzone on bass guitar and backing vocals; Joe Mennonna on keyboards and accordion; Ira Siegel on lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals; and Frank Vilardi on drums.
If you get a chance, don’t miss them for a terrific evening of fun and music!