As one of the many famous Philadelphia Bacons, Michael Bacon has had a rich and rewarding career as a singer-songwriter, musician, and score composer. Michael was one of the six children of Edmund Bacon, the famous Philadelphia urban planner and Ruth Bacon an activist and child advocate. And he’s less than “six degrees of separation” from his younger brother, Kevin, the actor. A successful singer-songwriter and composer for and television, with numerous awards to his credit, Michael is also an accomplished guitarist, keyboardist, and cellist. He’s written many scores for a wide variety of shows on PBS and HBO. One of his most recent projects is Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Michael won an Emmy for his original score for The Kennedys. Michael will provide us with an entertaining evening of storytelling, music and insight into the worlds of entertainment and composing.Read More
The Bacon Brothers
The Bacon Brothers are anything but a typical rock band. Brothers Michael and Kevin Bacon, each accomplished in their own right, play gritty rock that is unapologetically unique and authentic. Their style can best be described by their first album title, Forosoco, a word describing the blend of folk, rock, soul and country influences. Now, nearly 20 years later, The Bacon Brothers continue to impress audiences and critics with their soulful sound and their latest offering of Americana 36 Cents.
Older brother Michael, an acclaimed musician and composer, and younger brother Kevin, an award-winning actor, combine to form The Bacon Brothers. Their childhood hometown of Philadelphia is the brothers’ muse for their eclectic blend of rock and soul. Growing up in the City of Brotherly Love, Michael and Kevin were surrounded by music from an early age.
Michael started as a career musician in the 1960s, first playing gigs at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory with younger brother Kevin tagging along. He later moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting, and his musical career took off. Now, an Emmy Award-winning composer, Michael is credited with many original scores for film and television, most recently scoring the documentary “Long Exposure-The Unlikely Journey of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro" which will be shown on HBO. On March 18, 2016, the world premier for Michael’s four-movement “Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra" will take place at The Schimmel Center in downtown Manhattan.
Younger brother Kevin always loved music but chose a different path. Best known for his acting roles in “The Following,” “Footloose,” “Mystic River” and “Apollo 13,” Kevin has appeared in 80 films and has a Golden Globe win along with several Emmy and Screen Actor’s Guild nominations. He recently starred in “Cop Car” and “Black Mass” and in Fall 2015 will appear on stage in "Rear Window" at Hartford Stage.
Now, two decades after the band formed in 1995, The Bacon Brothers are a musical force to be reckoned with. Don’t let Kevin’s roots in Hollywood fool you. According to The New Yorker, “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.”
With the September 2014 release of their seventh album, 36 Cents, it’s a new era for the Bacon Brothers. With new connections in Nashville and tour dates across the country, The Bacon Brothers may no longer be one of the industry’s best kept secrets.
The Bacon Brothers Band includes 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.