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article imageReview: The Bacon Brothers delight at Empire City Casino in Yonkers Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 14, 2014 in Music
Yonkers - On July 13, The Bacon Brothers performed at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in New York, for a great turnout. They opened for the iconic southern rock group, The Marshall Tucker Band.
Michael and Kevin Bacon took the stage and introduced themselves as "The Bacon Brothers Band" to the audience, prior to singing their opening song "Grey-Green Eyes." Michael was wearing a black shirt and yellow pants, meanwhile Kevin was wearing blue jeans and a black shirt.
It was followed by "Bunch of Words," which had a laid-back vibe to it, as they displayed their smooth vocals and soaring harmonies. "We gotta soldier on , it's just a song" was the lyric that resonated best with the crowd from this tune.
The Bacon Brothers performing at Empire City Casino
The Bacon Brothers performing at Empire City Casino
Kevin Bacon stated that they were honored to be opening for The Marshall Tucker Band, and they picked up the pace of their set with the upbeat "Get A Little."
Following this vocal, the female fans in the audience screamed their love for Kevin, and Michael joked, "Kevin, you are loved."
Michael made a disclosure that their following tune "New England Girls" makes a reference to a specific sports team from Boston, and he didn't want to offend any of their New York fans. He sang lead on the song , as Kevin accompanied him on harmonies, shakers and percussion.
The Bacon Brothers performing at Empire City Casino
The Bacon Brothers performing at Empire City Casino
They delivered a noteworthy cover of Alanis Morissette's "You Learn," which is a track from her Grammy-winning album Jagged Little Pill, and they made it their own.
"You got sunglasses on as the sun sets on beautiful Yonkers," Kevin said, and they delivered their finest vocal performance of the evening, the gorgeous ballad "493 Miles," which deals with the realization that comes from a long road trip. It featured Kevin on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, as Michael played the cello.
They immediately broke into the mid-tempo "Paris," where Michael played cello yet again. The Bacon Brothers had their audience clapping along on "36 Cents," which is the title track of their new CD that is coming out.
The Bacon Brothers performing at Empire City Casino
The Bacon Brothers performing at Empire City Casino
Prior to singing the funky "Go My Way," they introduced all of the remaining members of their band. They continued with "New Year's Day" and "Givin' It Up For Your Love."
They had the crowd on their feet clapping along to their closing tune, "Up on Cripple Creek," which earned them a standing ovation.
The Bacon Brothers praised the audience for being fantastic and they reiterated their thanks to The Marshall Tucker Band for having them.
The duo is siblings is made up of award-winning actor Kevin Bacon, and his brother, Michael. They have been playing as a band since 1995.
The Verdict
Overall, The Bacon Brothers put on a solid show at the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. Michael and Kevin, along with The Marshall Tucker Band, were a match made in heaven. Kevin was able to show his acting fans a different side of his artistry, his music, and it is evident he is equally gifted in both (acting and music). Michael was superb on vocals, cello and acoustic guitar. Their live performance garnered an A rating, and they are definitely worthy seeing live, whenever they are in the area.
For more information on The Bacon Brothers and their upcoming concerts, visit their official website.
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