Eat to the Beat Bands Revealed for 21st Epcot Food & Wine Festival

David Cook at Epcot

We’re still a few months off from the start of the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, but Walt Disney World has released the line-up for this year’s Eat to the Beat concert series.

The line-up is a great mix of 80s and 90s superstars. There are a lot of returning favorites, but there are also eight new ones playing the fest this year: Wang Chung, BoDeans, Plain White T’s, Jeffrey Osborne, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Living Colour, Soul Asylum, and Delta Rae.

Here is the complete line-up of artists scheduled to play the 2016 edition of the Eat to the Beat concert series:

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Out and About: David Cook Rocks to the Beat at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

As part of a media day this weekend, I got to take in the first set of David Cook as part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival‘s Eat to the Beat concert series.

David Cook at Epcot
I have to admit I wasn’t that familiar with Cook, though I’d heard a few of his songs on the radio. But this American Idol winner (season 7) definitely turned me into a fan…with only six songs, believe it or not.

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20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Starts September 25

One of the best events at Walt Disney World is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and on September 25, it begins its 20th year of entertaining visitors to Epcot.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The 2015 festival, presented by Chase, will welcome celebrity chefs, debut new marketplace tastes from around the world and celebrate guests’ favorite dining traditions through it’s end on November 16.

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Walt Disney World Announces Eat to the Beat Concert Line-Up for Epcot Food & Wine Fest

We’re still a few months off from the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, but Walt Disney World has released the line-up for this year’s Eat to the Beat concert series.

Rick Springfield and Sister Hazel

This year is the 20th anniversary of the festival, and the line-up is a great mix of 80s and 90s superstars. There are a lot of returning favorites, as well as new ones like Tiffany, Everclear, Maxi Priest, and Chaka Khan.

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Walt Disney World Announces Concert Line-Up for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Yes, most people attend the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World for the food and beverage samples. I, however, love to check out the great acts they bring in for the event’s Eat to the Beat concerts.

Jack Blades of Night Ranger - photo by M.Snow

This year has a cross section of great classic rock, r&b and pop acts. Here’s the most recent line-up announced for the 2012 fest:

  • September 28 – 30:  Night Ranger
  • October 1-3:  Sugar Ray
  • October 4-7:  Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • October 8-10:  Boyz II Men
  • October 11-12:  Smash Mouth
  • October 13-14:  Javier Colon (winner of “The Voice”)
  • October 15-17:  Air Supply
  • October 18-19:  Gin Blossoms
  • October 20-21:  Survivor
  • October 22-23:  Hanson
  • October 24-25: The Pointer Sisters
  • October 26-28:  Sister Hazel
  • October 29-31:  Billy Ocean
  • November 1-2:  .38 Special
  • November 3-4:  Howard Jones
  • November 5-6:  Blues Traveler
  • November 7-8:  Dennis DeYoung (original member of the group Styx)
  • November 9-11:  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The concerts, which are included with Epcot admission, will be at the America Gardens Theatre nightly at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

Walt Disney World Announces Concert Line-Up for Epcot 2011 Food & Wine Festival

In addition to the opportunity to try out food from different countries, one of the highlights of the annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival is the Eat to the Beat concert series.

Each night, guests at Epcot can enjoy live music at the America Gardens Theater from acts that had hits in the last three decades, mostly concentrating on the 80s and 90s.

.|: Jack Blades of Night Ranger - photo by M.Snow

The Eat to the Beat line-up has just been released for this fall and here are the acts scheduled to play:

  • September 30 – October 2 … Taylor Dayne
  • October 3-5 … .38 Special
  • October 6-7 … Jon Secada
  • October 8-9 … Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp
  • October 10-12 … Billy Ocean
  • October 13-16 … Starship Starring Mickey Thomas
  • October 17-19 … Sugar Ray
  • October 20-21 … The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO
  • October 22-23 … Howard Jones
  • October 24-26 … Boyz II Men
  • October 27-28 … Gin Blossoms
  • October 29-30 … Sister Hazel
  • October 31-November 1 … Hanson
  • November 2-3 … The Pointer Sisters
  • November 4-6 … Night Ranger
  • November 7-8 … Air Supply
  • November 9-10 … Richard Marx
  • November 11-13 … Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Of course, the schedule is subject to change, but if you like to plan your visits to the fest to coincide with a fave musician or band, this is the complete line-up as of right now.

There are quite a few I’d like to see from this list. How about you?

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