We had previously posted several of the acts scheduled to make an appearance at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series, but now the full schedule has been released. Along with the great acts we had reported on, there are some equally impressive bands heading to the American Gardens Theater to perform for us.
A platinum lineup of popular music acts, including several Grammy-winning bands, will unleash an eclectic mix of classic and current tunes during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 25-Nov. 8 at Walt Disney World Resort.
The Eat to the Beat! concert series will bring 17 acts – showcasing everything from rock to jazz, funk to pop – to the America Gardens Theatre stage during the 45-day festival. The lineup includes five performers playing the festival for the first time: Richard Marx, Better Than Ezra, Vanessa Carlton, John Waite and Billy Ocean.
Concerts, which are included with Epcot admission, begin at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. daily. The lineup (subject to change) includes:
|Sept. 25-27||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (“You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)”|
|Sept. 28-29||Richard Marx (“Hold On to the Nights”)|
|Sept. 30-Oct. 3||Starship starring Mickey Thomas (“We Built This City”)|
|Oct. 4-6||En Vogue (“Free Your Mind”)|
|Oct. 7-8||Better Than Ezra (“Good”)|
|Oct. 9-11||Sister Hazel (“All for You”)|
|Oct. 12-13||Kool & The Gang (“Celebration”)|
|Oct. 14-16||Spyro Gyra (“Morning Dance”)|
|Oct. 17-18||Jon Secada (“Just Another Day”)|
|Oct. 19-20||Sister Sledge (“We Are Family”)|
|Oct. 21-22||Vanessa Carlton (“A Thousand Miles”)|
|Oct. 23-25||Taylor Dayne (“Tell It to My Heart”)|
|Oct. 26-28||Boyz II Men (“Motownphilly”)|
|Oct. 29-31||John Waite (“Missing You”)|
|Nov. 1-2||Night Ranger (“Sister Christian”)|
|Nov. 3-5||Billy Ocean (“Caribbean Queen”)|
|Nov. 6-8||Los Lobos (“La Bamba”)|
Guests nibbling and sipping their way around World Showcase can see performers from many countries weave music, dance, acrobatics, comedy and other acts into the festivities. A sampling of World Showcase entertainment includes:
- High-energy Celtic music of Off Kilter (Canada)
- The Arabic rhythms of Mo’Rockin (Morocco)
- Perfect harmony of Voices of Liberty (American Adventure rotunda)
- Infectious beat of internationally acclaimed Mariachi Cobre (Mexico)
- Retro British hits by The British Invasion (United Kingdom)
- Jaw-dropping stunts by Dragon Legend Acrobats (China)
- Hilarious antics of World Showcase Players (Italy and United Kingdom)
“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” lights up World Showcase with lasers, music and fireworks to provide a “wow” ending to each festival evening.
Wrapping it up
There are some great bands coming here and it looks like I will be spending a lot of time at Epcot during the festival. Make sure you plan your trip to take advantage of some of these wonderful artists and enjoy Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival this Fall.