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Bands, Brew & BBQ 2015

Bands Brew & BBQThe Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival returns this year at SeaWorld Orlando and promises to be a great time. Enjoy four weekends of hot music, cold craft beer and delicious food. Not only will some superstars be performing each Saturday and Sunday, a secondary stage will showcase many local bands and a DJ calling out some great tunes and line dancing.

This weekend kicks off with the mega country superstar Toby Keith with a performance on March 7 and southern rocker Lynyrd Skynyrd on Sunday, March 8. These concerts begin at 4:00 p.m., however, you’ll want to get there early. Event festivities begin as early as 11:30 a.m. This weekend will feature a special performance by the USO Show Troupe. This military quartet should not be missed! The Orlando theme park opens its gates at 9:00 a.m. this weekend, so plan for an entire day.

USO Central Florida is partnering with SeaWorld this year. The Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival will focus on saluting America’s Heroes offering discounts for active and retired military personnel. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you are an enlisted military or veteran, you can receive 50% off a 2015 Fun Card. This discounted theme park ticket allows unlimited admission to SeaWorld all year for the same price as a single-day ticket. To get this deal, go to www.WavesOfHonor.com.

“We’re thrilled to partner with SeaWorld, and we appreciate their longstanding dedication to honoring the troops and retirees. Working together during Bands, Brew & BBQ, we can make a difference in the spirits of many service members and their families.”
– Roland Emerson, Executive Director, USO Central Florida

The following weekend of March 14 & 15, enjoy music from Rodney Atkins and R&B sensation Kool & The Gang. Other bands will be announced in the coming weeks. One of the fastest ways hear about the artists for the upcoming weekends of March 21-22 and March 28-29 is to follow SeaWorld on Facebook.

Kool & the Gang

The BBQ portion of the festivities consists of award-winning food selections from restaurants such as Bodacious BBQ, Sonny’s BBQ and SeaWorld’s very own Sweet & Smokin BBQ. While the music concert is included with theme park admission, the food is not. You can purchase samples, or you may want to invest in the VIP experience. This special ticket starts at just $19 for reserved floor seats or $39 for reserved front row seats to the concert with $10 in-park spending for food.

The Brew portion of the special event can be enjoyed best by purchasing a Craft Brew Sampler ticket. This costs $25 and lets you sample 10 ice-cold craft beers. There will be around 30 beers to choose from!

If you already have plans to attend SeaWorld on a weekend in March, you’ll enjoy having the extra activities to participate in. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you have small children who do not do so well with concert crowds, be sure to check out the patriotic-theme USO Garden. It is away from the main concert area, yet offers large flat screen televisions to watch it on. Refreshments are provided and there are plenty of kids activities. Take your photo with some of the animals; have your child create a masterpiece at a coloring station; play interactive games. You can also learn more about the USO and its historic contribution.

Now is a great time to purchase a Fun Card. It includes one visit to Aquatica and an entire year of visits to SeaWorld Orlando. It costs $95/adult or $90/child. It costs $95/adult or $90/child. Purchase them before ticket prices go up, as Disney’s tickets recently have. Honor America’s Heroes and get your Bands, Brew & BBQ fix for the year!

Bands Brew & BBQ

There are some great musicians coming to Central Florida! If you are visiting, or live here, and are planning to go to either Busch Gardens or SeaWorld, try to plan your theme park attraction visit around one of the live music concerts being offered as part of the regular admission costs. There is a wide variety of music genres being offered, so you’re bound to find one that you just have to see.

Both theme parks are hosting the annual “Bands, Brew and BBQ” event which takes place in February and March. Busch Gardens is also offering the “Real Music” concert series during this time as well. These performances are held at the park’s Stanleyville Theater three times a day – 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The performances for “Bands, Brew and BBQ” for Busch Gardens will take place at Gwazi Field. Event information for Busch Garden’s “Bands, Brew and BBQ” can be found here. Sea World’s “Bands, Brew and BBQ” concerts are held within the park with limited seating capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. SeaWorld’s beer garden will feature nearly 50 craft beers from around 20 different domestic and international breweries. Food and beverages at this special event cost extra, and VIP passes with meal vouchers and front-of-the-line benefits are available. Information for SeaWorld’s event can be found here.

Here is a schedule of the remaining live music performances:

Feb. 22-25 Real Music Busch Gardens Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
Feb. 25 Bands, Brew & BBQ SeaWorld Doobie Brothers
Feb. 26 Bands, Brew & BBQ Busch Gardens 38 Special
Feb. 26 Bands, Brew & BBQ SeaWorld Ronnie Dunn
Feb. 29-March 3 Real Music Busch Gardens The Ventures
March 3 Bands, Brew & BBQ SeaWorld Sarah Evans
March 4 Bands, Brew & BBQ SeaWorld Scotty McCreery
March 4 Bands, Brew & BBQ Busch Gardens REO Speedwagon
March 7-10 Real Music Busch Gardens Rita Coolidge
March 14-17 Real Music Busch Gardens The Grass Roots
March 21-24 Real Music Busch Gardens Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

Whatever music performance you choose, you are sure to have a great time. It’s a great time of the year to visit Orlando attractions. If you enjoy live music, you’re really in luck.

Music lineup for Bands, Brew & BBQ

The musical acts for the Bands, Brew & BBQ concerts at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens in Tampa have been announced!  The concerts take place on Saturdays in Orlando and Sundays in Tampa, beginning Feb. 12.  The best part is the concerts are included with your regular theme park admission!   So, plan now to come and enjoy great BBQ, International beers AND see your favorite performers:

SeaWorld, Orlando:

  • Huey Lewis & the News, Feb. 12th
  • Willie Nelson, Feb. 19th
  • REO Speedwagon, Feb. 26th
  • Josh Turner, March 5th

Busch Gardens, Tampa:

  • Blondie, Feb. 13th
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Feb. 20th
  • The Commodores and the Pointer Sisters, Feb. 27th
  • Travis Tritt and the Charlie Daniels Band, March 6th

Busch Gardens also released the lineup for its Real Music Concert Series at Stanleyville Theater.  This includes Big Bands concerts, as well as swing, blues disco, jazz, and rock from some of music’s most memorable eras.  Reservations are required to guarantee a seat, but there is no additional cost; The Real Music Concert Series is included with regular park admission or any valid Passport membership.  Show times are 11:30am, 1pm, and 3:30pm, with the theater opening a half-hour prior to the show.  (Concert series dates and artists are subject to change.) For more information, call 1-888-800-5447 or check their website.

Jan. 19-22: The Terry Myers Orchestra with the Swing Sisters
Jan. 26-29: The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Feb. 2-5: Debbie Reynolds
Feb. 9-12: Paul Revere and the Raiders
Feb. 16-19: The Ventures
Feb. 23-26: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
March 2-5: The 5th Dimension
March 9-12: The Osmond Brothers
March 16-19: Tony Orlando
March 23-26: Charo