Bacon Brothers will sizzle at Belleayre Saturday
Kevin and Michael - the Bacon Brothers - bring their rock-n-roll show to the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on Saturday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
While the name Kevin Bacon inevitably brings to mind images of a movie star fewer than six degrees from most others, the internationally-known star of such films as Footloose and A Few Good Men has, along with his brother, steadily been making a name for himself in the music world.
Through live performances and five albums over the past 11 years, the Bacon Brothers have steadily gained recognition and a considerable fan base with a music style that can best be described as a mix of rock, folk, soul and country styles.
The brothers’ collaborative musical history actually dates back to their childhood. Prior to his success in the film world, Kevin was writing songs and playing percussion in Philadelphia coffeehouses with his brother and other acts.
Michael, for his part, formed the popular Philly-based group Good News with a friend in the late 1960s before moving on to a solo career in Nashville in the mid-1970s, when he released two solo albums.
As Kevin’s acting career gained momentum in the 1980s, the brothers continued to write songs together. Michael’s music career began leaning toward film and television scoring, which led to an Emmy win in 1992 for his score for the documentary The Kennedys.
Though the brothers continued to collaborate in their writing of music, performances were limited to audiences comprised of friends and family for most of the decade, until a friend signed the brothers to a gig in Philadelphia in 1994 - at which point, they caught the bug.
Sold-out shows in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago and San Francisco followed, as well as a high-profile show opening for The Band at Carnegie Hall and appearances alongside such performers as Shania Twain and Wyclef Jean on TNT’s “The Gift of Song” special.
The Bacon Brothers recorded their debut album, Forosco, in late 1997 and four records have followed.
The band has become a top live draw and continues to build momentum, playing 50 or 60 shows a year and gradually shattering expectations.
Tickets for the Bacon Brothers show range from $65-$45 for reserved seating and $15 for lawn seats.
The full weekend of music kicks off on Friday, July 18 at 8 p.m. with “The Maestro Plays Beethoven to the Blues” - John Covelli Unplugged.
John Covelli has performed every year at the festival and he promises a full evening of keyboard wizardry in the intimate setting of the Belleayre Music Club. Tickets are $20 for general admission seating.
Tickets for all shows are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster Express: 866 448-7849.
For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 344 or visit: www. belleayremusic.org. The e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on where to stay, dine, shop or to simply enjoy the great outdoors when you’re in town for the Belleayre Music Festival, please visit: www.catskillhighpeaks.com, www.ulstertourism.info or www.greatwesterncatskills.com.
Belleayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.
Belleayre Mountain is located in the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountain region. The area is located just off Route 28 and is 37 miles west of Thruway Exit 19 at Kingston; 55 miles southeast of Oneonta on Route 28; 40 miles from the Route 17 exit at Roscoe; and 95 miles southwest of Albany and just two hours north of NYC.