Bacon Brothers Sizzle Despite Downpour At Stamford Concert

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The audience scrambles for cover as rain comes down during the Bacon Brothers performance at Jazz Up July on Wednesday at Columbus Park in Stamford. The show resumed after a 15-minute break.
The audience scrambles for cover as rain comes down during the Bacon Brothers performance at Jazz Up July on Wednesday at Columbus Park in Stamford. The show resumed after a 15-minute break. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Michael Bacon talks to fans during a break due to rain while brother Kevin, in center of photo, prepares to resume performing. The rain forced a 15-minute halt of the Bacon Brothers show at Jazz Up July on Wednesday in Stamford.
Michael Bacon talks to fans during a break due to rain while brother Kevin, in center of photo, prepares to resume performing. The rain forced a 15-minute halt of the Bacon Brothers show at Jazz Up July on Wednesday in Stamford. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Kevin Bacon talks to the crowd as the Bacon Brothers resume their concert following a 15-minute break for rain Wednesday at Jazz Up July.
Kevin Bacon talks to the crowd as the Bacon Brothers resume their concert following a 15-minute break for rain Wednesday at Jazz Up July. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Audience members dash to find refuge from the rain at the Bacon Brothers performance at Jazz Up July on Wednesday in Stamford. The show resumed following a 15-minute break.
Audience members dash to find refuge from the rain at the Bacon Brothers performance at Jazz Up July on Wednesday in Stamford. The show resumed following a 15-minute break. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn., -- The Bacon Brothers were in the rain, to borrow one of their song titles, at Wednesday's opening concert of the Jazz Up July series at Columbus Park in downtown Stamford.

But Kevin and Michael Bacon had to interrupt their performance for an unscheduled 15-minute break as rain pelted concertgoers, forcing them to pull out umbrellas, take refuge under vendor tents or, in some cases, pack up and leave.

The show resumed at 8:30 p.m. with Kevin Bacon cracking a couple of jokes about the weather.

"You people are all hardy whaler stock," he joked referring to the state's whaling history. "A little rain isn't going to faze you."

The break also gave some thrilled fans a chance to exchange a few words with the Bacon Brothers as they prepared to restart their set.

The rain didn't deter Chris and Birgit Schinell of Darien, who took refuge under a tent. They decided to wait out the storm even as a river of water along the street crept higher and higher, eventually soaking their feet.

"We really like him and his wife, Kyra Sedgwick," Chris Schinell said of Kevin Bacon and his actress wife, who starred in the television series "The Closer."

Bacon is an acclaimed actor who has starred in "Footloose," "JFK" and "Apollo 13," among other films. He currently stars in the television drama "The Following." His musicianship came as a pleasant surprise to Chris Schinell. 

"He's even more talented than I thought he was," Schinell said approvingly.

Music returns to downtown Stamford on Thursday, as the Alive@Five concert series kicks off with K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

Schinell said he's impressed by the lineup of acts this summer at Columbus Park and said he expects to take in some more musical acts.

"This year looks like a real good lineup, so we may come more often," he said. 

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