Epcot's
2009 International
Food & Wine Festival

Eat to the Beat Concerts

Pop Icons Rock the Stage for Music Lovers at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

17 ‘Eat to the Beat!’ Musical Acts Perform Sept. 25-Nov. 8

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A platinum lineup of popular music acts, including several Grammy-winning bands, will unleash an eclectic mix of classic and current tunes during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 25-Nov. 8 at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Eat to the Beat! concert series will bring 17 acts – showcasing everything from rock to jazz, funk to pop – to the America Gardens Theatre stage during the 45-day festival. The lineup includes five performers playing the festival for the first time: Richard Marx, Better Than Ezra, Vanessa Carlton, John Waite and Billy Ocean.

Concerts, which are included with Epcot admission, begin at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. daily. The lineup (subject to change) includes:

Sept. 25-27 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ("You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)"
Sept. 28-29 Richard Marx ("Hold On to the Nights")
Sept. 30-Oct. 3 Starship starring Mickey Thomas ("We Built This City")
Oct. 4-6 En Vogue ("Free Your Mind")
Oct. 7-8 Better Than Ezra ("Good")
Oct. 9-11 Sister Hazel ("All for You")
Oct. 12-13 Kool & The Gang ("Celebration")
Oct. 14-16 Spyro Gyra ("Morning Dance")
Oct. 17-18 Jon Secada ("Just Another Day")
Oct. 19-20 Sister Sledge ("We Are Family")
Oct. 21-22 Vanessa Carlton ("A Thousand Miles")
Oct. 23-25 Taylor Dayne ("Tell It to My Heart")
Oct. 26-28 Boyz II Men ("Motownphilly")
Oct. 29-31 John Waite ("Missing You")
Nov. 1-2 Taylor Hicks (American Idol Winner)
Nov. 3-5 Billy Ocean ("Caribbean Queen")
Nov. 6-8 Los Lobos ("La Bamba")


Guests nibbling and sipping their way around World Showcase can see performers from many countries weave music, dance, acrobatics, comedy and other acts into the festivities. A sampling of World Showcase entertainment includes:

* High-energy Celtic music of Off Kilter (Canada)
* The Arabic rhythms of Mo’Rockin (Morocco)
* Perfect harmony of Voices of Liberty (American Adventure rotunda)
* Infectious beat of internationally acclaimed Mariachi Cobre (Mexico)
* Retro British hits by The British Invasion (United Kingdom)
* Jaw-dropping stunts by Dragon Legend Acrobats (China)
* Hilarious antics of World Showcase Players (Italy and United Kingdom)


"IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth," lights up World Showcase with lasers, music and fireworks to provide a "wow" ending to each festival evening.