Hard-ticket headliner entertainment is headed to Tampa Bay’s roller coaster headquarters as Busch Gardens Tampa has announced an all-new Red Carpet Series concert program, kicking off with Wayne Brady and Arturo Sandoval.
Held in the Moroccan Palace Theatre, Busch Gardens Tampa’s Red Carpet Series the series is being inaugurated by award-winning comedian and musician Wayne Brady, and legendary Latin jazz artist and ten-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval. Newly renovated, the 1,100-seat Moroccan Palace offers three tiers of seating with clear sight lines and state-of-the-art acoustics.
Wayne Brady will perform on Friday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m. In 1998, Brady’s career took off with Whose Line is it Anyway? for which he won a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series. Wayne went on to host his own award-winning talk show, The Wayne Brady Show, for which he won two Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host. He has also hosted high-profile shows including the NAACP Awards, BET Honors, The Late Late Show and the Emmy-nominated Let’s Make A Deal.
Arturo Sandoval will perform on Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba in 1949. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, and he has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. He is the recipient of 10 Grammy Awards, in addition to six Billboard Awards and an Emmy. His latest Grammy award-winning albums, Dear Diz, Every Day I Think of You as well as Live at Yoshi’s are now available worldwide.
“We are excited to offer Central Florida a new intimate way to enjoy their favorite artists,” said Jim Dean, President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “The classic style of the Moroccan Palace along with impeccable site lines and beautiful sound, make for a truly special night out. Guests will experience some of the biggest names in entertainment, including some who rarely play in our area.”
Ticket prices range from $30.00-$99.00 (taxes not included) and can be purchased through BuschGardens.com/RedCarpetSeries. A limited number of VIP Packages will also be available that include premium seating, culinary offerings and more. Gates open at 6:30 and theatre doors open at 7:15 p.m. Park admission is not included or required.
For a flashback look at Wayne Brady in the Central Florida theme parks, read this 2011 edition of Stars in the Parks.