The Bacon Brothers Teach Hershey It’s A “Philly Thing”

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Photo Credit: T. Cody Strubel

On Sunday, November 19th, The Bacon Brothers brought their genre-bending sound “Forosoco” — a blend of folk, rock, soul, and country influences — to The Englewood in Hershey, PA. This was a rescheduled date, making it the last stop on this run of the tour. The sold-out crowd was buzzing with anticipation, and the brothers did not disappoint.

The Bacon Brothers, an American music duo, was formed by brothers Michael and Kevin Bacon in the mid-1990s. Michael Bacon, the older of the two, is an accomplished musician and film score composer, and a faculty member in music at Lehman College. Kevin Bacon, on the other hand, is a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor.

The brothers have been playing music together since their childhood, but it wasn’t until 1994 that they became a working band. A childhood friend, having heard their music, approached them about doing a one-night-only gig in their hometown of Philadelphia at the Theatre of Living Arts. This event marked the official formation of The Bacon Brothers.

The lineup of the band has remained intact since its formation, featuring Michael on vocals, guitar, and cello, and Kevin on vocals, guitar, and percussion. They have been influenced by a variety of music genres and artists, including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Motown, Led Zeppelin, and Philly soul.

Despite their individual successes in the film and music industries, the brothers have always maintained a strong commitment to their band. They have stated that they will continue to work together and perform as The Bacon Brothers.

This night’s setlist was a well-curated mix of their hits and fan favorites included tracks “Let Me Happen to You Girl,” “Tom Petty T-Shirt,” “My Old Bronco,” “Erato,” “Dark Chocolate Eyes,” “The Way We Love,” and “Beneath Perfection.” The brothers’ unique blend of musical styles was on full display, with each song showcasing their ability to seamlessly transition from one genre to another.

Kevin Bacon, known for his acting roles in films like “Footloose” and “A Few Good Men,” was a charismatic presence on stage. His energy was infectious, and his passion for music was evident in every note he sang. His brother, Michael Bacon, an Emmy Award-winning composer, complemented Kevin’s performance with his expert musicianship.

The crowd’s response was overwhelmingly positive. The energy in the room was palpable, with fans singing along, dancing, and cheering after every song. The brothers’ connection with the audience was evident, making the concert feel like an intimate gathering rather than a sold-out show.

The Bacon Brothers’ performance at The Englewood was a resounding success. Their unique blend of folk, rock, soul, and country, combined with their undeniable stage presence and connection with the audience, made for an unforgettable evening. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to their music, a Bacon Brothers concert is a must-see.

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T. Cody Strubel is the founder of Rock Documented, a platform he established in September 2015. As the Lead Photographer, Writer, and Editor, Cody has been instrumental in shaping the site's content and visual aesthetic. His exceptional work in music photography was recognized by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame, where he was voted "Best Photography" at their inaugural event. Cody's equipment of choice includes two Nikon D850s, a Nikon 22-70mm 2.8 VR, a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR, and a Black Rapid Shoulder Strap. His passion for music and photography, combined with his commitment to promoting local talent, makes him a vital voice in the Central Pennsylvania music scene.

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