Kevin and Michael Bacon have been making music together ever since they were little kids in Philadelphia. Older brother Michael was playing guitar and invited Kevin to bring in a set of conga drums to bang along for their first jam session.
Kevin said that banging along on those drums was one of the earliest memories he has of playing music with his brother, and even though the two went their separate ways for a time, they got the band back together in 1995 and have been touring ever since.
The Bacon Brothers will hit the Whitaker Center stage on Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. for a one night performance featuring new music from the group, which has been touring the country for more than two decades.
Kevin said that people who are heading to the concert can expect to hear a mix of a few genres of music throughout the show and even the songs themselves.
“You’ll hear some folk, some rock, some soul and some country,” said Kevin. “FOROSOCO!”
“Forosoco” refers to their self-described sound and also the title of their first studio album. Since then, they have released seven additional albums including a live recording and a greatest hits. Their most recent album, “36¢,” was released in 2014.
The gritty style they have honed and perfected has netted them success over the past decades. While most know Kevin for his many (many, many) popular roles on the screen, it is something else to hear him sing alongside his brother Michael.
Michael, an Emmy-winning composer, lends his talents to the band in a different way.
“I’ve always loved the physical instruments of guitars, cellos, oboes, mandolins, drums,” Michael said. “I wanted them all.”
It’s the combination of the brother’s talents plus their supporting bandmates that make their sound completely different and also ever-changing. The band features piano, mandolin, steel guitar and a variety of other instrumental combinations.
Even if you have seen the Bacon Brothers in concert before or their performance on “Live at Daryl’s,” Kevin says that the great thing about their music is how it changes every night.
“It’s that sweet spot of your voice, your instrument, the band and the audience,” Kevin said.
Michael noted to listen for “Shade” and “Don’t Lose Me Boy,” as examples — along with any song he has the chance to pick up the cello, which are his favorites to perform.
The Bacon Brothers have been working on a new single to be released on 45s later this month. The song is “Driver,” and it is all about memories.
Being on the road constantly can be a drag on some bands, but both brothers really seem to enjoy the touring aspect of show business.
Michael said that he loves seeing all of the small towns that they pass through with the quirky breakfast spots, maybe a guitar store and some rivers.
“The live show is the fun part,” Kevin said. “Everything else is just in service of that.”