Article By: Miles Hurley
Photo Courtesy Of: Space Bacon
Every week, The Poke Around aims to shine an editorial spotlight on new and emerging musical artists from around the country. Wether it’s in anticipation a new album release or admiration of one that’s just dropped, or if its right after a killer live performance that blew us away, our Weekly Artist Spotlight hopes to help bring attention to well deserved rising musicians as well as some new music to your ears.
This week we shine the light on Space Bacon, a four-member funk and electronica style band that has been receiving a lot of buzz recently as one of the most dynamic improvisational bands coming out of the greater NYC Metro area. For a little historical context on the band, the band’s own words probably do the most justice:
The origin of Space Bacon traces back to the depths of Fordham University basement parties on the gritty streets of the Bronx...Drawing from an array of inspirations including jam music, electronic production, film scores, and a bit of metal, Space Bacon seeks to challenge conventions and pave the way in the modern era of improvisational music. Sound aside, the group follows in the footsteps of its jam band predecessors, cultivating a rabid cult-like fanbase of Baconators who can be seen following the band at every show.
Where We’ve Caught Them:
The Poke Around has caught Space Bacon a few times, as they’ve played some pretty impressive gigs in their time already, such as opening for none other than Umphrey’s McGee at the legendary Capitol Theatre back in 2017. Or there was the following year, where the band played multiple times at jamband central venue The Brooklyn Bowl, jamming alongside Pigeons Playing Ping Pong the first time and the following beside members of The Disco Biscuits. Very recently, in the crazy midsts of the After Party frenzy following Phish and Disco Biscuits’s NYE nights in NYC, Space Bacon performed what seemed like one of their most important shows yet: a sold-out night at Mercury Lounge (with local newcomers Microcave opening the show beautifully). With the room packed and the band firing on all cylinders, this was a truly impressive and at times blissful evening of music.
Where You Can Catch Them Next:
With them sounding as good as they do right now, it seems like 2020 should be a pretty good year ahead for Space Bacon. The band will actually be back in Chicago soon enough, for an official Twiddle After Party on February 22. Just before that, on February 15, they’ll play at The Stone Church, in Brattleboro, VT. Check out all the band’s events, photos, info, and more on their website here.
Live Sample You Should Check Out:
Gratefully for their fans and incoming listeners, Space Bacon offers a big collection of sbd streams of past shows on their official Bandcamp page. In addition to that, they also multi-cam pretty much every show they play, and those are also available, via the band’s official YouTube page here.
If we had to personally recommend a show to start with, we’d say go with their performance at Bourbon on Division in Chicago from this past November. While the entire evening is noteworthy, the second set essentially flows like one huge cohesive jam (not an uncommon feat for the band by any means) that all kicks off with a wildly creative, fourteen and a half-minute version of the Chicago Bulls’ theme song. Trust us, it rocks.