Much rarer have been the successful moves from film to music. Sure, there have been those who built upon successes in musical theater, but rarely did they stay long on any pop charts. Richard Harris had a hit with “MacArthur Park” that haunted him for the rest of his life. Bruce Willis gave things a try, along with Eddie Murphy and countless Brat Pack and successive celebrity sorts.
Then came Kevin Bacon, backed up by his brother, who showed that a steady-at-it focus – similar to his subtle shift from leading man to character actor over the years – could pay off eventually on the concert circuit, along with a deep-felt sense of community, the value of playing benefits and keeping it simple, at least on the surface.
This Sunday, January 30, the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie will be presenting the Bacon Brothers, featuring Kevin and his brother Michael – both area residents of many years – in a special 5 p.m. benefit concert for Healing the Children Northeast. All net profits from the event will help send the locally based organization’s Dr. Manoj T. Abraham and his team on three volunteer surgical missions scheduled for the coming year.
Healing the Children Northeast has been working since 1985 to heal children with burn injuries, cleft palates and other deformities whose families don’t have access to or cannot afford treatment, on a one-by-one basis. For the Sunday benefit, there will be special sponsorship opportunities including a pre-show meet-and-greet with Kevin and Michael Bacon, a silent auction and an honoring reception for the organization’s key team members and guest of honor: Hyde Park-based Dr. Daniel Z. Aronzon, the local pediatrician and CEO of Vassar Brothers Medical Center, as well as longtime leader of the Poughkeepsie Rotary as well as the Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County.
The Bacon Brothers were founded when younger brother Kevin (now in his 50s) joined his brother Michael, a noted film and television composer nine years his senior, on several of the latter’s New York City gigs during a period when the actor Bacon was trying to move from Diner and Footloose-like starring roles to a recalibrated career as a critically acclaimed character and stage actor. Suffice it to say that the brothers had fun; the band that they put together has stayed the same for more than 15 years now; Kevin started writing as many songs as Michael; and the group won over critics as well as crowds via their years of touring their gutter-rock-meets-Philly-Soul sound all around.
For further information and reservations, contact the Bardavon, located at 35 Market Street in downtown Poughkeepsie, by calling (845) 473-2072 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (845) 473-2072 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visiting www.bardavon.org.