The Bacon Brothers — Kevin and Michael Bacon — aren’t South Jersey natives. But growing up as Philly boys, they were always plenty at home at the Jersey Shore, from Ventnor to Wildwood to LBI.
Now they’re back, this time with another show on the Ocean City Boardwalk at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.
If you haven’t heard of the Bacon Brothers — and after more than two decades of writing and performing original music, that’s not likely — you might be a little skeptical.
After all, can a band fronted by two guys with really, really big day jobs actually be any good? The answer is: hell, yes.
But with careers that include Michael Bacon composing Emmy-award winning film and television scores and serving as a distinguished lecturer at Lehman College, and Kevin Bacon being a veritable movie star, it can’t be easy.
“We were programmed at an early age that if you’re good at something, you have to do it,” Michael Bacon explains. “Multiple things can certainly co-exist.”
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Not that squeezing in eight original albums, managing touring schedules and maintaining those day jobs is a cakewalk.
“The fitting in is tough,” Kevin Bacon admits. “We don’t have a real plan. ... It either fits in or it doesn’t.”
Yet for more than 20 years, they’ve found a way to make it work, creating a band distinctly un-Hollywood, with a unique blend of sounds, including everything from folk, rock, soul and country influences. Think Philadelphia — with all its blue-collar, soulful history — meets Americana. Their latest album, “36 Cents,” expands on their eclectic sound with songs such as “493 Miles” and “Get a Little.”
“We have so many influences,” Kevin Bacon says. “There’s just so much music we’ve listened to.”
They’re not alone. The rest of the band, which includes Paul Guzzone on bass and backing vocals, Joe Mennonna on keyboards and accordion, Ira Siegel on lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals and Frank Vilardi on drums, also embraces a wide variety of genres.
“Our philosophy has been to let the songs drive the sound,” Michael Bacon says.
It’s no accident the band is comprised of top-notch talent. “I knew a lot of players from New York,” Michael says of his years in the music business, adding, “Our band had to be in the form of a band I want to hear.”
That’s a tall order coming from a lifelong musician. The result? A band built on flexibility and talent, unafraid of incorporating different genres.
“They don’t come and go,” Michael says of his bandmates. “Some of them have been with us for up to 22 years. … We’re like a family.”
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THE BACON BROTHERS
Who they are: Michael Bacon: vocals, guitar, cello; Kevin Bacon: vocals, guitar, percussion; Paul Guzzone: bass, backing vocals; Joe Mennonna: keyboards, accordion; Ira Siegel: lead guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Frank Vilardi: drums.
More info: BaconBros.com
Coming up: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City. Tickets, $39 to $45, are available at Ticketmaster.com.