Kevin and Michael Bacon like to keep their interviews fair and balanced. After all, the siblings, who perform as the Bacon Brothers, have equal parts in the band.
They both have the ability to steal the spotlight as well. Kevin is an award-winning actor with hundreds of credits to his name, including the Showtime series “City on a Hill.” Emmy-winning composer Michael began making music in the brothers’ native Philadelphia before moving to Nashville. He recently scored Goodface Film’s “Master Maggie,” starring Lorraine Bracco, Kenan Thompson, and Brian Dennehy, which premiered at The TriBeCa Film Festival in April.
The Bacon Brothers perform at the Musical Instrument Museum at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 4.
“We met someone associated with the MIM, who was offering us a tour the last time we were out,” Kevin says. “We weren’t able to swing by, but I’ve seen the brochure and it looks amazing.”
Michael is also anticipating the jaunt and the Phoenix stop. This is a new era for the Bacon Brothers and their touring habits.
“We toured a bit too much as summer,” he says. “We learned a lot about what is possible and what it too much. We’ve made some adjustments.
“It was night after night. We were on a bus the whole time. It just didn’t quite feel like we were getting back what we were giving. We have new management now and the whole thing seems well organized.”
The brothers’ set will include recorded songs, and new ones they’re road testing for a forthcoming release.
“Nowadays, you don’t have to put everything out at once,” Michael says. “You can roll them out slowly. But nothing is as exciting as setting a song off on its virgin voyage on its first night. Generally, two to three months later, after we’ve sun it for a couple months, it changes and evolves. Hopefully, we get a chance to record them.”
Included in the setlist will be the new single, “Play,” which hit streaming services on June 27. Kevin says he wrote it quickly, and the band headed to a New Jersey studio to record it.
“It happened fast,” he says. “I wrote it and it just came out. I was in the middle of shooting my TV show and I asked everyone if we could just find time to go in the studio. We popped over to this little studio in New Jersey we’ve used before. The guys were available and we knocked it out. We had some fun with it. It is nice to have new music ready for the road.”
Fiercely devoted to making music, The Bacon Brothers cite such varied influences as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Motown, Led Zeppelin, Philly soul, James Taylor, Pete Seeger and Chet Atkins.
The two siblings share a singular body of work that’s found them spending over 20 years working the road and paying their dues, resulting in nine albums—“Forosoco” (1997), “Getting There” (1999), “Can’t Complain” (2001), “Live: The No Food Jokes Tour” (2003), “White Knuckles” (2005), “New Year’s Day” (2009), “Philadelphia Road” (2011), “36 Cents” (2014), and the eponymous, “The Bacon Brothers” (2018)—spanning rock, soul, folk and Americana.
The Bacon Brothers are Michael on vocals, guitar and cello; Kevin on vocals, guitar and percussion; Paul Guzzone (bass, backing vocals); Joe Mennonna (keyboards, accordion); Tim Quick (lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals) and Frank Vilardi (drums).
“We’re just excited to be playing some of our favorite places as well as discovering new ones. It’ll be fun to go out with some great new music to share,” Kevin says.
Bacon Brothers, Musical Instrument Museum Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, 480.478.6000, mim.org, 7 p.m. Sunday, August. 4, $63.50-$128.50.