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Bands, Brew & BBQ returns to SeaWorld Orlando this weekend

by Banks Lee

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SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival is back for four weekends of food, music and more starting this Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, 2015.

The event honors features live concerts from top classic rock and country bands and artists, BBQ and beer. Happening weekends throughout March (7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29), Bands, Brew & BBQ is included with regular park admission. Event festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. each weekend, with concerts at 4 p.m.

Scheduled concert performances include:
• March 7: Toby Keith
• March 8: Lynyrd Skynyrd
• March 14: Rodney Atkins
• March 15: Kool & the Gang
• March 21: Travis Tritt
• March 22: Larry the Cable Guy

The celebration also salutes America’s Heroes with military discounts for both active military and veterans, patriotic offerings and a partnership with the USO Central Florida, an organization that has been lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families for more than 70 years.

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

The patriotic-themed USO Garden will offer a relaxing place away from the crowds that reflects the spirit of the renowned organization, viewing of the concerts on large flat screens and refreshments. Guests can get up close with animals, and kids can work on masterpieces at coloring stations, take photos with SeaWorld characters, learn from educators and play interactive games. In addition, this area will offer messaging about the USO while music that speaks to the history of the USO adds a nostalgic atmosphere to the area.

The first weekend will feature a special performance by the USO Show Troupe, a military quartet who performs, a diverse repertoire of morale-boosting musical entertainment.

During Bands, Brew & BBQ, all enlisted men, women and veterans will receive 50 percent off a 2015 Fun Card, which allows unlimited admission to SeaWorld all year for the price of a single-day ticket. For more details, visit WavesofHonor.com.

For a VIP experience, packages with reserved seating are available. Guests that take advantage will receive an in-park spending credit that can be used toward food, craft beer samplers, merchandise, Quick Queue or even an up-close park experience.

Front Row Seating – Starting at just $39, guests can reserve a front row seat (just inches from the artists). As an added bonus, guests will enjoy $10 toward in-park spending.
Floor Seating – Starting at just $19, guests can enjoy reserved floor seats right in front of the band. This package also includes $10 toward in-park spending.
Craft Brew Sampler – Sample 10 ice-cold craft beers from a selection of 30 for just $25.

Food is also celebrated during Bands, Brew & BBQ. Food will be available from from local smokehouses, Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que and Sonny’s BBQ – plus SeaWorld’s very own Sweet & Smokin’ Barbecue.

In addition to the signature acts and festivities, the event also will feature a secondary stage to showcase local bands, and a DJ for guests of all ages who want to show off their line dancing and boot scootin’ skills.

For the latest event information and artist announcements, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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