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Bacon Brothers Headed Our Way

Michael and Kevin Bacon of The Bacon Brothers will perform in Phoenixville to benefit the Colonial Theatre and French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Inc.

Actor and musician Kevin Bacon -- who has starred in more than 40 films, and his brother Michael -- an accomplished singer-songwriter, musician and film score composer, will perform 8 p.m. Friday at the .

The Bacon brothers -- who have performed with the same backup band for 15 years -- were raised in Philadelphia and spent summers at their grandparents' home in East Pikeland Township on land conserved by the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust.

Friday will mark the band's fourth benefit concert for the Trust and Colonial Theatre.

Orchestra seating tickets are $100. Balcony seats are sold out.

About the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Inc.

Land Preservation

Since its establishment in 1967, the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust has protected 9,000 acres in northern Chester County through purchases, conservation easements and public/private partnerships. It works with landowners, townships, the state and county to purchase and monitor conservation easements, create parkland and preserve environmentally sensitive land. 

Trails

Trails provide public access to preserved land, recreational opportunities and beautiful views along northern Chester County’s Exceptional Value waterways. With funding from the state and county, the Trust is engaged in the acquisition and development of the 10-mile French Creek Trail from Warwick County Park to the Kennedy Covered Bridge in East Vincent Township, a 2.7 mile extension from Elverson to St. Peters on the Boars Back Railroad right-of-way, and the planning of the 6-mile Pickering Trail, which will follow the creek in West Pikeland Township from the Mill at Anselma to the township border at Clover Mill Road.

About The Association for the Colonial Theatre

The mission of the Association for the Colonial Theatre is to enhance the collective well being of our region by restoring the landmark Colonial Theatre and promoting cultural, economic and civic life.  To this end, ACT presents film, live theatre, music, dance and other community events in the heart of Phoenixville’s historic business district.

Background:

Michael and Kevin Bacon performed songs from their new album, "New Year's Day" at Rams Head On Stage Saturday night. 

  • By Teresa McMinn
  • February 1, 2011

“But I closed my eyes and sang and the people cheered.”

Michael Bacon wrote those lyrics for “Almost Got Rich” - a song that summarizes the persistence, stamina and drive needed to succeed in the music business.

And he would know.

Bacon -- a singer, musician, songwriter, TV and film score composer -- has worked in the industry for more than 40 years. 

His music credits include the film “Boy Interrupted” and several network specials such as the ABC series “Turning Point” and “Oprah’s Roots” on Public Television. 

On Saturday, Bacon and his brother Kevin Bacon performed with their band, The Bacon Brothers, at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis. 

The show marked a stop on The Bacon Brothers tour to promote “New Year’s Day”—the band's sixth LP release.

In an interview with Patch prior to Saturday's show, the Bacons talked of the recent European leg of the tour, the band's evolution and how social media helped them grow their fan base.

"It's a funny world," Michael Bacon said of the music industry. When he started his career it was difficult and expensive to record music, he said. Today, an artist can make a professional recording at home, he said.

Michael Bacon said his song lyrics come from "snapshots" of his life experiences.

Although soul music was the main genre at his high school, Michael Bacon said he was inspired by groups including the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

"It kind of changed my life," Michael Bacon said of the British rock invasion.  

He said he feels rewarded when The Bacon Brothers performs original work.

“You created something out of nothing,” he said.

Kevin Bacon said the band started as a grassroots effort.

Technology has changed how the band communicates with fans and promotes its music, he said.

"Now you can really share things . . . with a couple of clicks," Kevin Bacon said and added that Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen were some of his early music influences.

He also talked of the challenges in writing songs.

“You definitely can hit those moments of writer's block,” Kevin Bacon said. 

Finding time to write can also be difficult, he said.

"It's very easy to get busy with a lot of other stuff," Kevin Bacon said, adding that he enjoys creating a new song. "When it does happen it's a great feeling . . . What's important is, you write a song and sing a song that people respond to."

“Nothing comes easy,” Kevin Bacon said. “You’ve got to work for whatever it is you want in life.”

Saturday’s crowd included longtime and new fans of The Bacon Brothers.

Rose Parks of Pasadena, MD and her friend Jennifer Vranas of Glen Burnie, MD were at the concert to celebrate their birthdays that are one day apart in July. 

Amy Gross of Westminster, MD said she saw the Bacons perform in the past, and enjoyed their show so very much that she invited her friend Rachel Knox of Perryville, MD to take in Saturday's concert.

Romas Laskauskas of Arbutus, MD, who was at the concert with his girlfriend Sharon DiNoto of Catonsville, MD, said he’s followed the band for about the last decade.

"I have their first CD," he said. "I've probably seen them about a dozen times ... They’re wonderful.”

The band played a variety of original songs that ranged in genre from rock to funk.

The show was relaxed and included the brothers telling humorous stories of lyrics for some of the songs. Kevin Bacon also joked of his “six degrees” fame. 

At the end of the show, the band walked off the stage only to return for an encore after the crowd stood and cheered for more.

Countless people in the audience raised cell phones to record video and photograph the band's last song of the night.

"Thank you,” Kevin Bacon said. “It means a lot.” 

To learn more, visit www.baconbros.com.


GSupp November 17, 2011 at 04:49 PM
I hope the Bacon Brothers do not leave their diesel tour bus idling behind the Colonial Theater for the entire duration of the show like they did several years ago. It is non-sensical to be performing a concert to raise money and awareness for environmental causes, and to have a bus idling for several hours outside while they perform! Would love to see the Patch check on this if they provide any coverage of the concert.

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