The City of Brotherly love has always adored these brothers, but before Kevin Bacon launched his prolific stage and screen career, and before Michael Bacon became known as a go-to composer for film and television, these two, born nine years apart, were coming of age in Center City Philadelphia. By the late 1960s, Michael, already a professional musician, would gig with his band at the city’s famed E-Factory with a young Kevin tagging along when he could. Although they have played music together since they were boys, the brothers have only been a working band since 1995.
In 2008, Michael composed many soundtracks for television, including the soundtrack for the a PBS mini series The Kennedys for which he won an Emmy. But more than awards, The Bacon Brothers have a history of giving back in their concerts.
- In early 2009 The Bacon Brothers did Hard Rock Cafe's March on Stage with the proceeds going to helping people who make a difference- giving back to those people that give selflessly of themselves.
- On June 27, 2009 The Bacon Brothers gave a brief concert, for the fundraisers who climbed to the top of Pikes Peak, CO, in support of the Love Hope Strength Foundation.
- In 2009, Kevin and Michael teamed up with Philadelphia singer Bunny Sigler and a group of mummers from a local string band to record a special edition of their song "New Years Day" as a part of a fundraiser to be able to pay for the Mummers Parade in 2010 after the city could no longer fund the parade.
- On December 5, 2009 they performed a one night only benefit at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA which was broadcast live. The show became a huge success and the 2010 Mummers Parade took place. For their service, Kevin and Michael were given positions of Grand Marshals in the parade.
- On May 6 & 7, 2011, The Bacon Brothers gave two concerts for the new non-profit California Dream Week design contest and event week. The concerts were geared to help promote the event's first year launch and awarded both students and high schools focusing on sustainable design for a healthy planet.
It’s a time preserved in the cover art for The Bacon Brothers’ latest, New Year’s Day, with a preteen Kevin singing alongside a mandolin-strumming Michael. The record, laden with the brothers’ trademark gritty rock and a touch of Philly soul, hearkens back to those roots in the City of Brotherly Love, when life was less complicated and music filled the air.