The 2017 Eat to the Beat concert series has been announced and the lineup is larger than ever.
We’ve listed the schedule below along with what I think are the more intriguing shows to catch. Happy eating to the beating!
Delta Rae | Aug. 31–Sept. 1
I like this. I know nothing of Delta Rae or what kind of show they put on, but this would be a pretty good sound to hear at F&W.
The Hooters [NEW] | Sept. 2–3 |
[ZIP PICK] Hmm, a little ’80s group meets the country twang of, say, Delta Rae… how could you go wrong? Oh maybe with the terrible band name…
Baha Men [NEW] | Sept. 4–5
Well, if you ever wondered who in fact let those dogs out, this might be for you. All kidding aside, Baha Men have a little bit of Disney history on their side. According to Wikipedia, “The Baha Men were one of the many artists to record a song on the album DisneyMania and two of its four sequels.”
Fuel | Sept. 6–7
This is their biggest hit, and I still don’t know who this.
Starship feat. Mickey Thomas | Sept, 8–10
What are all those folks staring at, you ask? Why it’s the Lincoln Memorial of course. Would it ever come to life and start singing “We built this city”? Why of course it would and it does! No concert could ever top the ridiculous video, so even if you like this song you are sure to be disappointed.
Lauren Alaina [NEW] | Sept, 11–12
I don’t really care for this or know who this is, but Wikipedia tells me Lauren Alaina was the runner-up of the 10th season of American Idol, so that’s probably why I don’t really care for this.
Plain White T’s | Sept. 13-15
[ZIP PICK] “Hey There Delilah” was once my anthem for lost, foreign, distant love and it’s worth a live listen. You may not need to be in the audience, but you should probably hang around the American Adventure pavilion.
Sister Hazel | Sept, 16-17
This band made it big in ’97 with “All For You” — so if you like that song, you’ll probably like this band. As for me? I’ll be Drinking Around the World, instead.
Air Supply | Sept, 18-20
[ZIP PICK] Hey it’s no Hall & Oates, but you could do a lot worse by this Australian soft rock duo. Sit there relishing “All Out of Love” while thinking how wonderful it will be to hear “Maneater” and “Rich Girl” next year. (Please, Please, Please…)
David Cook | Sept. 21-22
Now THIS is an American Idol. Guh.
Everclear | Sept. 23-24
[Zip Pick] Representing from the 503, PDX! (Just like me!) “I will buy you that big house way up in the west hills” refers to the expensive neighborhood on the west side of Portland. Some classic ’90s hits here.
Sugar Ray | Sept. 25-27
38 Special | Sept. 28-29
[ZIP PICK] An interesting, old-school addition to the festivities! “Hold on Loosely” & “Caught Up in You” are enough to park it for 25 minutes. Of course, if you don’t appreciate ’70s rock, then feel free to skip this.
Mark Wills [NEW] | Sept. 30-Oct. 1
I appreciate the “old school” feel to MW, but I don’t know if this is the beat I want to eat to. Your mileage may vary.
American Authors [NEW] | Oct. 2-3
[ZIP PICK] The award for the most current artist might go to American Authors. At least the most “Disney Parks commercial” award, am I right? So why not see this free concert?
Christopher Cross | Oct. 4-5
[ZIP PICK] Not the South Park “Sailing” by any means — this incredible track is an escapist’s delight. As are all his hits, including the theme to Arthur. Who knows if his voice is the same, but this is classic early ’80s, which we could all use right now. Also, how about that Houston Oilers’ jersey and double-neck guitar?
Devon Allman [NEW] | Oct. 6-8
You know what…? This guy might play “Melissa”, which is easily one of the best songs ever written in the past 45 years. And it might not be “The Allman Brothers” but you could do a lot worse.
Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX | Oct. 9-11
Weird. This is not a cover. Dennis DeYoung IS the voice of STYX. In ’99, the band went separate ways (Journey) creatively, so this should be a must-see for ’80s fans.
Taylor Dayne | Oct. 12-13
Taylor Dayne is fascinating to me. This epic power dance song led the way to the Vanessa Williams-esque power ballad “Love Will Lead You Back.” Who knows what the rest of the show would entail… but I bet it’s pretty bleeping powerful.
Jeffrey Osbourne | Oct. 14-15
Remember the season of The Bachelor that featured that creepy, Tom Cruise-esque pilot? They used this as the theme song to that season.
Postmodern Jukebox [NEW] | Oct. 16-17
[ZIP PICKS] Listen. WDW can’t get Pentatonix (unless it’s your wedding), but Postmodern Jukebox might be an even better installation into the “cover” band slot of the Eat to the Beat concert series. Don’t fall in love with the vocalist though as they change quite frequently.
10,000 Maniacs [NEW] | Oct. 18-20
[ZIP PICK] Very few artists & bands made it to MTV Unplugged. 10,000 Maniacs is one of them, and rightfully so. I would sit there for hours to hear something even close to this famous version of “Because the Night,” which is integral to my ’90s experience.
Toad the Wet Sprocket | Oct. 21-22
According to Wikipedia, Eric Idle created the name for a Monty Python sketch: “I once wrote a sketch about rock musicians and I was trying to think of a name that would be so silly nobody would ever use it, or dream it could ever be used. So I wrote the words ‘Toad the Wet Sprocket’. And a few years later, I was driving along the freeway in L.A., and a song came on the radio, and the DJ said, ‘that was by Toad the Wet Sprocket’, and I nearly drove off the freeway.”
Kenny G [NEW] | Oct. 23-24
[ZIP PICK] Kenny G. Kenny. Freaking. G. A “free” concert from a cultural icon is the reason “Eat to the Beat” is the best part of the Food & Wine Festival.
Billy Ocean | Oct. 25-26
Carribean Queen, y’all.
Tiffany | Oct. 27-29
[ZIP PICK] My god, did I love this video when I was a kid. Who cares if Tiffany was relegated to malls and auto shows. May she forever live alone now in our memories as the non-Debbie Gibson; the sexy underdog of our rebellious dreams.
Hanson | Oct. 30-Nov. 1
[ZIP PICK] CAUTION: This is a band that might not play the one song you know. That being said, they have huge followers (some I know personally) who swear by anything they do. Worth catching if you’re down there.
Blue October [NEW] | Nov. 2-3
Hmm. I remember Blue October. This “Into the Ocean” was comparable to Barenaked Ladies, but “Hate Me” felt completely different… well, such was life in the mid-’00s.
Living Colour | Nov. 4-5
Unfortunately, this is has nothing to do with The Fly Girls from In Living Color. Getting political here. No idea if the rest of the set would be this way.
Boyz II Men | Nov. 6-8
[ZIP PICK] Only a pick because I’ve never seen Boyz II Men (in any iteration) and it might nearly be a bucket-list band. If it is for you, here’s a great chance for you to catch them before they get to the end of the road.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy | Nov. 9-11
I lived through the zoot suit craze of the mid to late ’90s and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was right in the mix of that. My heart will always belong to the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (an odd sentence), but perhaps this is your favorite ’90s swing band.
Squeeze [NEW] | Nov. 12-13
[ZIP PICK] Out of everyone in the concert series, this is the band I would plan my trip around. “Cool for Cats” AND “Tempted”? The possibility they might play both? Run do not walk to the American Adventure and realize that this is the best beating happening while you are eating.
One of the coolest things about the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot is this daily set of free (with admission) concerts. You don’t even need to attend the shows for them to make your trip magical—when I hear “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips, I’m reminded of wandering past the American Pavilion and hearing that song each and every time. It became the running joke of the trip.
Included in Epcot admission, performances are 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. daily. The lineup is subject to change and remember — there is no guarantee your favorite band will play your favorite song.