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Famous siblings formed band in 1995
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Publicity Photo: Kevin and Michael Bacon formed the Bacon Brothers in 1995. The brothers will bring their Philly sound to the Harvester Performance Center on Aug. 5.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Long before Kevin Bacon launched his prolific stage and screen career and before Michael Bacon became known as a go-to composer for film and television, they were just two brothers growing up in Philadelphia playing music together.

Nearly 20 years ago, the brothers decided to make it official and formed The Bacon Brothers. 

Since 1995, the six-piece band has toured regularly and produced seven CDs, as well as a live DVD.

And on Aug. 5, they will play at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount at 8 p.m.

Playing approximately 50 shows per year, the band consistently sells out fan favorite venues, like The Birchmere, City Winery and Rams Head On Stage, while expanding into other regions and performing sold-out shows in new venues, such as Gruene Hall and the Harvester. 

Their music, an infectious mix of rock, country, folk and a little Philly soul, has fans dancing in their seats and singing along at every show.

Tickets to Tuesday night's show are $50 in advance and $55 the day of the show. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Best known as an actor in movies, like "Footloose," and television shows, like "The Following," Kevin Bacon got his first experience on stage with his big brother, professional musician Michael Bacon, in the late 1960s at Philadelphia's famed Electric Company.

Since then, Michael Bacon has 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.

The band continues to win believers --show by show, album by album.

And along the way, Kevin Bacon has apparently caught up with his elder brother in some surprising ways.

"Kevin writes a lot more songs than I do," Michael said. "While my days are filled with composing instrumental music for film and TV, songs are a more daunting challenge. If I write one or two a year that I like, then I'm happy. But Kevin has this amazing gift of turning everyday experiences into universal thoughts that everybody can identify with."

For example, while the song "New Year's Day" draws upon Kevin's experiences, it isn't necessarily about him. 

"'New Years Day' is from the perspective of a kid, 18 or 19, who's left Philadelphia for Los Angeles to pursue his dream of stardom, but is pining to get back to Philly for the Mummers Parade," said Kevin, who has attended Philadelphia's elaborate New Year's celebration many times. "L.A. is the land of the endless summer, and everything is so beautiful. But there's something still inherent in me that's left over from Philadelphia, which is cold and provincial, but in a great way."

"There have been a lot of times in my life that I've thought about our hometown and going back there and not going after these outrageous kinds of goals," Michael added. "Maybe it's not personal to Kevin, but I still relate very heavily to that song."

"I like risks," said Kevin, a classic understatement from an artist who's played challenging, unsympathetic roles in everything from "The Woodsman" to "Sleepers" to Oliver Stone's "JFK."

"And there's nothing more risky about being a well known actor than playing in a rock band as well."

The Bacon Brothers Band are 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; Frank Vilardi on drums; and Ira Siegel on lead guitar, mandolin, and backing vocals.

Follow the brothers at baconbros.com, facebook.com/thebaconbrothers/ or twitter.com/baconbros/.

--Biography by Jules Wortman, Wortman Works Media & Marketing 

 
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