Kevin Bacon, his brother Michael and their band, The Bacon Brothers, held a musical pop-up on Saturday afternoon and surprised a small crowd of volunteers and gardeners at City Blossoms' Girard Garden in Columbia Heights. City Blossoms is a D.C, nonprofit that uses gardening, food and art to develop creative kid-driven green spaces and it is just the kind of small, "hidden gem" cause that Kevin Bacon loves to support through his own nonprofit, SixDegrees.org, whose goal is to make doing good a regular part of pop culture by connecting celebrities with causes--and he uses his own band to promote that kind of connection.
In the area for a concert Saturday night at the Birchmere, Kevin Bacon and The Bacon Brothers did several "drop bys" in the Alexandria area to support various charities and causes, but their stop at Girard Gardens was their only pop-up stop in D.C. The Bacon Brothers performed a short set for forty staff, volunteers and kids from the neighborhood. According to SixDegrees, the experience was a great one for all: "Judging by comments like "this is homemade music" and mesmerized stares at the accordion, we're guessing that the surprise unplugged performance by The Bacon Brothers at City Blossoms community garden in DC was a first on many levels for kids in the neighborhood. What a great nonprofit and a great time!"
After meeting the City Blossoms team and young gardeners, Michael Bacon said, "Having grown up in Philadelphia and spent time in New York, this is the kind of work I've been wanting to see happen. The flower you plant is so much more important than the one you pick. The work you're doing is amazing and important."
Timea, 8 year-old who has been participating at Girard Garden for over two years was equally impressed with their visitors. "The Bacon Brothers are awesome. The garden is amazing and I think everyone should come"
For more information on City Blossoms, go to www.cityblossoms.org. For information on SixDegrees, go to www.sixdegrees.org.