SeaWorld Orlando Kicks Off Bands, Brew & BBQ With Alan Jackson and Kid Rock

SeaWorld Orlando kicks off this year’s Bands, Brew & BBQ this weekend, and just in time, they’ve announced their first two headliners: Alan Jackson and Kid Rock.

Alan Jackson and Kid RockCountry legend Alan Jackson will take the stage on Saturday, February 1, at 5pm, and rocker Kid Rock will play Sunday, February 2, at 4pm.

The concerts are included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando. There are also VIP packages starting at $39 that include reserved seats and a meal voucher for the BBQ with a non-alcoholic beverage voucher. A Craft Brew Sampler ticket is also available for an additional $24, and it includes 10 samples from over 30 craft beers. Visit for more information, or to purchase.

The theme park originally had troubles with producing a line-up for the event, when previously booked guests cancelled, citing various reasons related to the Blackfish controversy.

Bands, Brew & BBQ runs weekends through March 9, 2014. So far, no further musical acts have been announced.

Kid Rock Brings ‘$20 Best Night Ever’ Tour to Tampa on September 15, 2013

Nowadays, you can expect to pay at least $50 or so for the worst seats at a concert. You know the ones I mean – the nosebleed seats way in the back. It’s getting so it’s too expensive to see all the bands you want to see.

Kid Rock says he feels your pain, and on his upcoming “$20 Best Night Ever” tour, he will be offering tickets in ALL sections of the venue (reserved and lawn) for only $20. Except the first two rows. The singer is reserving the first two rows for every show as free upgrades for lucky fans who will be selected at random.

kidrockIn addition to the low ticket price, Kid Rock is going beyond the extra mile for his fans. In a first for a Kid Rock tour, participating Walmart locations will offer all-in $20 tickets –no fees, no parking charges, nada. All tickets sold via other outlets will carry additional service fees and/or parking fees where applicable.

Can it get better? You betcha.

Special $4 draught beers, value food packages, cheaper parking (where possible), free samples of Jimmy John’s sandwiches at select venues, free coffee at the end of the show, and $20 tour t-shirts will be available as well.

It’s like when I went to concerts in the 80s, and you could enjoy a night out at a concert, including drinks and a concert shirt for around $50 – the same price you pay now at most shows just for the ticket.

Oh, and it’s not just Kid Rock who will be taking the stage, when the tour rolls into the Live Nation Amphitheatre at The Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on September 15, 2013.

Also on the bill are the legendary ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker.
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Orlando Calling Music Fest to Rock Citrus Bowl in November 2011

I’ve always told my friends that I thought Orlando was a place that needed a huge rock festival.

Oh, sure, we have the Florida Music Festival, which is great for checking out a bunch of indie and local musicians. And we do get traveling shows like the Warped Tour that roll on through.

But we’ve never really had an event on par with Coachella or Lollapalooza…until now.

In a press conference today, July 21, 2011, Melvin Benn, CEO of Festival Republic, stood with Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and announced Orlando Calling, a two-day music festival to be held on the grounds of the Florida Citrus Bowl.

You may never have heard of Festival Republic, but they’re no fly-by-night company. As the company behind the hugely successful European festivals like Glastonbury and Reading in the UK, they have the experience and connections to make this happen.

Orlando Calling will be held over the weekend of November 12 & 13, 2011. It will feature four stages each day of big name talent like The Killers, The Raconteurs, Pixies, The Roots, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Kid Rock, Blake Shelton and more. The full listing (as of now) can be seen in the poster to the right.

Tickets are rather reasonable for this fest. If you buy prior to September 01, 2011, regular tickets are $80 per day or $145 per weekend pass. VIP tickets, which include the admission plus a VIP area, unlimited beverages and more, start at $165 per day or $285 for the weekend. After September 01, the prices go up about $20 per ticket option.

For more information on the fest, visit the website at

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