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Bringing Back the Bacons

Fri., June 26, 2015
Friday
June 26, 2015
8:00 pm

The Bacon Brothers have generously agreed to return to the Colonial Theatre stage on Friday, June 26, 2015 to support culture and conservation in our region. We are excited to host them and their talented band for this concert benefiting both the Association of the Colonial Theatre (ACT) and French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust (FPCCT).

Become an Event Sponsor

There are three easy ways to sponsor of this signature event.

Click here to make your sponsorship contribution online at the bottom of our ‘Donate’ page

Download and print sponsorship materials: Bacon Brothers 2015_Sponsorship options

Questions? Contact Mary Foote, Executive Director at mary@thecolonialtheatre.com or (610) 917-1228.

Tickets

Floor: $100  TICKETS REMAINING
Balcony: $50  SOLD OUT
Tickets on sale now. General admission seating. First five rows will be reserved for sponsors. Tickets are non-refundable. Call us at 610-917-1228 if you have any questions.

BBros 2015 Sponsor Roll as of June 23 2015Raffle Tickets

When you purchase your concert tickets, you can also purchase a raffle ticket for $15. Raffle ticket sales will close at midnight on Thu, Jun 18 and then on Mon, Jun 22 we will draw 5 winners. Each winner, plus one guest per winner, will be invited to meet Michael and Kevin Bacon during a brief meet & greet before the concert (at approximately 5PM).

How to buy concert and raffle tickets:

  1. Click here to get to the ticketing page (after 10AM on 4/17).
  2. Select the number of tickets in either the balcony or on the floor, and then click Add to Basket. (This show is general admission seating so you will not be prompted to select seats.)
  3. Hover your mouse over the Merchandise button (see screen shot below).
  4. Select Bacon Brothers Raffle from the drop down menu.
  5. Click Add to Basket.
  6. Select the number of tickets and click Add to Basket again.
  7. This will take you to your basket; from here just follow the prompts to check out.
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About the Bacon Brothers

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, born nine years apart, coming of age in Center City Philadelphia. By the late 1960s, Michael, already a professional musician, would gig with his band at the citys famed Electric Factory with a young Kevin tagging along when he could.

Its a time preserved in the cover art for The Bacon Brothers latest, New Years 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.

My earliest memory of music was what my brother was playing or the music he brought home, Kevin Bacon recalls. I would sit on the steps of our basement while he was downstairs practicing with our sister, Hilda, and their band. So my heroes growing up were all rock n rollers. I wasnt really into sports, or even movies. If I could save money Id buy an album.

With 2009 marking 14 years of the Bacon Brothers bands existence, any cynical preconceptions about well-known actors dabbling in music now can safely be discarded. The band has gigged relentlessly to build up a following, and New Years Day represents their sixth LP release. Along the way, the younger brother has apparently caught up with his elder sibling in some ways.

Kevin writes a lot more songs than I do, Michael says. While I spend a lot of time writing instrumental music, lyrical songs are tougher: if I write one or two a year that I like, then Im happy. But Kevin has this amazing gift of turning everyday experiences into universal thoughts that everybody can identify with.

The album kicks off with New Years Day, a song that, while it draws upon Kevins experiences, isnt necessarily about him. New Years Day is from the perspective of a kid, 18 or 19, whos left Philadelphia for Los Angeles to pursue his dream of stardom, but is pining to get back to Philly for the Mummers Parade, says Kevin, who has attended Philadelphias elaborate New Years celebration many times. L.A. is the land of the endless summer, and everything is so beautiful. But theres something still inherent in me thats 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 Ive thought about our hometown and going back there and not going after these outrageous kinds of goals, Michael adds. Maybe its not personal to Kevin, but I still relate very heavily to that song.

The infectious second track, Go My Way with its laid-back, shuffling soulful groove, is also written from a characters perspective. Its a guy whos younger than me, single and living alone in New York, not doing very well and struggling with his life, Kevin observes. Then this one woman keeps popping up in his life and elevates his sorry existence for a time.

Having played with the same crew of musicians for all of the bands existence, Michael and Kevin agree that the band has become just as much a part of the whole endeavor as the two frontmen. With New Years Day, the guys in the band produced a

couple of tracks each, Michael points out. We gave the band much more creative responsibility for the product we ended up with. I think thats why it sounds more like a band album.

While still encountering critics due to Kevins onscreen notoriety, the band continues to win believersshow by show, album by album. As The New Yorker recently 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.

I like risks, notes Kevin, a classic understatement from an artist whos played challenging, unsympathetic roles in everything from The Woodsman to Sleepers to Oliver Stones JFK. And theres nothing more risky about being a well known actor and playing in a rock band.

But theres the interesting thing about risks – sometimes they pay off. And for The Bacon Brothers, they certainly have.