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.
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.
Here’s some of our picks for shows not to miss at Plaza Live for April 2012:
April 6 – Pink Martini – $28.50 and up
From jazz to classical to pop and more, Pink Martini loves to explore the boundaries of music. They’ve collaborated with a roster that includes such diverse talent as Carol Channing and DJ DIMItri from Paris, and it’s not unusual to see more than a dozen musicians onstage at any point in time. They’ve been known to sell out Carnegie Hall, so here’s your chance to see them in a more intimate venue.
April 11 – Tower of Power – $26.50 and up
They formed in Oakland, California, in 1968, and spent the early 70s releasing a string of hits. They’ve also performed on hits from the likes of Huey Lewis, Rod Stewart, Smokey Robinson and David Sanborn. If you like classic soul and R&B, this is the show to catch.
April 13 – Jimmie Vaughan – $20 advance/$22 day of
Vaughan is a well respected and well loved bluesman, who, on his own and as a member of bands like the Fabulous Thunderbirds, has recorded a legacy of great music. On his newest release, Blues, Ballads and Favorites, Vaughan has covered tunes he loves that were written by others. It’s his first CD in nearly nine years and he says, ““I just wanted to do these songs and that was it, really. And like all of my albums this one is 100% totally selfish. I want people to like what I do but at the same time I have this strong feeling that if I don’t like it, I can’t expect them to.”
April 20 – Rick Springfield – $45 and up
Rick Springfield is a multi-hyphen entertainer whose resume includes actor and author. But music has always been his first love and he has a string of hits to prove it. Songs such as “Jessie’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything for You” are still radio staples, even more than 30 years after their release. Don’t miss this chance to see Rick perform live – he always puts on a great show.
April 27 – Chris Burns – $15 gen admission/$20 admission + CD
This show is a CD release party for Orlando’s own Chris Burns. This singer-songwriter has spent the last two years writing and recording his newest release, Out of the Well, so come on out and celebrate its release. $20 preferred tickets even get you a copy of the CD – that’s a deal!
For more information on these and other upcoming shows, visit plazaliveorlando.com. Plaza Live is located at 425 N. Bumby Ave. in Orlando.
Every month, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.
For September 2011, the performer is Rick Springfield, who had a string of hit singles in the 1980s including “Jessie’s Girl” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers.”
This month’s Velvet Sessions takes place on September 29, 2011.
Tickets are $45 in advance online or $50 at the door. This not only gets you in the door, but free specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time. Complimentary valet parking is also included.
For $70, you can upgrade to VIP, which in addition to the above perks, gives you access to a special viewing area with a private bar serving those free specialty drinks all night.
Here’s a video of one of his hit tunes to prepare you for the show:
Springfield has had many hits in his lengthy career, including “Jessie’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything for You.” He’s also branched out into acting, with recent roles on “Californication” and “Hawaii 5-0,” and his best-selling memoir, “Late, Late at Night” just went into paperback.
The concert starts at 4pm in front of the brand new Amway Center.
The only thing that makes a whole festival dedicated to one of my favorite fruits, the strawberry, better is the music line-up that appears at that festival.
Today, the annual Florida Strawberry Festival announced the headliner entertainment for 2011. The line-up is predominantly country, as in previous years, but there are also a few classic rock artists set to perform.
So far, the FSF has confirmed the following shows:
March 3 – Bobby Vinton at 3:30pm / Kenny Rogers at 7:30pm
March 4 – John Conlee at 3:30pm / 38 Special at 7:30pm
March 5 – Jeremy Camp at 3:30pm / Gaither Vocal Band at 7:30pm
March 6 – Trace Adkins at 3:30pm / The Judds “Final Tour” at 7:30pm
March 7 – Charley Pride at 3:30pm / Clint Black at 7:30pm
March 8 – Chubby Checker at 3:30pm / Chris Young at 7:30pm
March 9 – Tanya Tucker at 3:30pm / Rick Springfield at 7:30pm
March 10 – George Jones at 3:30pm / Doobie Brothers at 7:30pm
March 11 – Ray Price at 3:30pm / Jamey Johnson at 7:30pm
March 12 – Allstar Weekend & Jenette McCurdy at 3:30pm / Billy Ray Cyrus at 7:30pm
March 13 – Easton Corbin at 3:30pm / Lady Antebellum at 7:30pm
All shows go on sale on December 6, 2010, and prices will be revealed closer to that date.
The 2011 Florida Strawberry Festival runs from March 3 to 11 in Plant City, FL. For more information on the festival, check out the festival website.