The Bacon Brothers to Play MPAC, 7/20

The Bacon Brothers to Play MPAC, 7/20

Kevin and Michael Bacon perform their brand of Philly rock at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 8 pm. Tickets are $39-59.

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.

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, 19 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. The band continues to win believers-show by show, album by album. And along the way, Kevin has apparently caught up with his elder brother in some surprising ways. "Kevin writes a lot more songs than I do," Michael says. "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."

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2014-2015 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The Bacon Brothers
Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 8 pm
Tickets: $39-59
Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown, NJ 07960
box office (973) 539-8008
online: www.mayoarts.org
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