Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 "Eat to the Beat" concert series line up announced

Our favorite time of year at the Walt Disney World parks is coming up soon, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, and with that comes the fun "Eat to the Beat" concert series.  Each year festival goers can enjoy the music of some great bands at the America Gardens Theater stage in Epcot's World Showcase.  This year there will be eleven bands that are new to the festival, along with many returning favorites. 

Concerts take place each day at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and many fill up quickly.  To avoid the regular stand-by line, Eat to the Beat dining packages are available at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, which will allow for confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert as your dining reservation.  Packages are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner reservations.  The Eat to the Beat dining package reservations will open in July, and don't forget--one of the benefits of booking with DreamFinder travel is that your personal DreamFinder DreamMaker travel planner will take care of making these bookings for you when they open.

Here is the current scheduled line-up for 2017 (subject to change)

  • Aug. 31-Sept. 1         Delta Rae      “Bottom of the River”
  • Sept. 2-3                  The Hooters NEW!      “And We Danced”
  • Sept. 4-5                  Baha Men NEW!      “Who Let the Dogs Out”
  • Sept. 6-7                  Fuel      “Shimmer”
  • Sept. 8-10                STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas      “We Built This City”
  • Sept. 11-12              Lauren Alaina NEW!       “Road Less Traveled”
  • Sept. 13-15              Plain White T’s        “Hey There Delilah”
  • Sept. 16-17              Sister Hazel        “All For You”   
  • Sept. 18-20              Air Supply         “All Out of Love”
  • Sept. 21-22              David Cook        “Light On”
  • Sept. 23-24              Everclear          “Santa Monica”                   
  • Sept. 25-27              Sugar Ray        “Every Morning”
  • Sept. 28-29              38 Special        “Hold On Loosely”
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1         Mark Wills NEW!       “19 Somethin’”
  • Oct. 2-3                   American Authors NEW!      “Best Day of My Life”
  • Oct. 4-5                   Christopher Cross        “Sailing”  
  • Oct. 6-8                   Devon Allman NEW!        “Ragged and Dirty”
  • Oct. 9-11                 Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX         “Come Sail Away”
  • Oct. 12-13               Taylor Dayne        “Tell It to My Heart”
  • Oct. 14-15               Jeffrey Osborne          “On the Wings of Love”
  • Oct. 16-17               Postmodern Jukebox NEW!          Various Hits                 
  • Oct. 18-20               10,000 Maniacs NEW!             “Because the Night”
  • Oct. 21-22               Toad The Wet Sprocket            “Walk on the Ocean”
  • Oct. 23-24               Kenny G NEW!          “Songbird”
  • Oct. 25-26               Billy Ocean             “Get Outta My Dreams”
  • Oct. 27-29               Tiffany              “I Think We’re Alone Now”
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1         Hanson           “MMMBop”
  • Nov. 2-3                  Blue October NEW!          “Into the Ocean”
  • Nov. 4-5                  Living Colour           “Cult of Personality” 
  • Nov. 6-8                  Boyz II Men           "End of the Road"
  • Nov. 9-11                Big Bad Voodoo Daddy          “Go Daddy-O”
  • Nov. 12-13              Squeeze NEW!              “Black Coffee in Bed”
(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list.)
 We had the pleasure last year of seeing several of the bands and really enjoyed seeing Hanson on Halloween night, all dressed in their Marvel finest!

Do keep in mind that if you do not book one of the Eat to the Beat dining packages, you will need to wait in the stand-by line area.  For some of the most popular acts the line can get VERY long, and often can be cut-off very early.  We have seen lines start for the following show as soon as one show starts, so be prepared to be there early for your favorite bands.  One more thing to keep in mind--if you don't manage to get a seat at the show, you can hear the bands in the area of the America Gardens Theater, and can enjoy the music even if you are not able to sit to see the band (but please remember not to block the walkway!)

Have you booked your hotel stay for the Food & Wine Festival yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?!  On-site lodging availability is limited for this popular time of year, so contact your DreamFinder Travel agent today to book your stay.
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