Kevin and Michael Bacon have been making music together for pretty much their whole lives.
So it seemed logical when, 25 years ago, they decided to join forces to start recording records and performing live shows as the Bacon Brothers.
“We’ve collaborated in music almost since Kevin could walk,” Michael said.
The duo, with their six-piece band, will perform at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort on Aug. 23.
“There’s a lot of instruments,” Kevin said. “I like to joke that the stage is like an instrument store because we do a lot of passing off of instruments. A lot of people in the band play multiple instruments.”
Both Kevin and Michael share song-writing duties, which results in a wide range of music being played.
“We have songs with cello; we have songs with ukulele; and we have songs with some pretty heavy electric guitar,” Kevin said. “We let the song writing dictate what the sound of the song is going to be. As a result, the band is all over the place because the songs are all over the place.”
Michael said that Kevin calls the music style “folrosoco” – a blend of folk, rock, soul and country music.
“It’s kind of all over the place,” Michael said. “It’s a little bit of a tongue-in-cheek thing, but 25 years later, it still describes what we do.”
Kevin said that a good song is more important than its particular genre.
“For me, the thing that’s most inspirational is a good song,” he said. “I don’t really care so much about the genre, as I do about a really strong song. That’s what makes me want to keep writing.”
The brothers grew up in a creative family in Philadelphia, with Michael being Kevin’s senior by nine years.
“I grew up listening to the music my brother was making,” Kevin said. “I grew up listening to bands that he was in and also the music that my older brothers and sisters were bringing home.”
Being brothers has helped them in their joint musical endeavor.
“I think that, besides having a common aesthetic for music based on our background for so many years, there’s a trust,” Michael said.
Kevin has had a long, successful acting career, starring in movies like “Footloose,” “A Few Good Men” and “Apollo 13,” just to name a few.
Michael has carved out a successful career composing and scoring music for numerous films, television shows and documentaries.
Michael dismisses any claims that the Bacon Brothers is a “vanity project.”
“We really don’t worry about it,” he said. “It was there from the first time we played. I would say overall after 25 years and eight records, I would say it’s pretty hard to make the case that this is a vanity project for a celebrity.”
Kevin said there are many similarities to making and performing music to acting.
“There are a lot of similarities between live theater and live music performance,” he said. “There are a lot more similarities between music recording and creating films and television.
“In those cases, you have take-twos, you have editing capabilities, you have producers and directors. When you have a live show, it’s just like doing a play. You’re kind of flying by the seat of your pants that night, and anything could happen.”