I nearly fell over myself to write these series of posts. We are SO excited about the music lineup. They’re all amazing bands and artists who were the soundtrack to our childhoods in the 80’s and 90’s. Disney has really outdone themselves this time. This is more impressive than many summer festival lineups. Seriously.
Over the next few days, we will be publishing quick summaries of the artists scheduled to play during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. All of these acts are scheduled to play at the America Gardens Theatre in the America Pavilion of the World Showcase in Epcot. It doesn’t look like they require any extra fees. Just show up and enjoy!
The first set of artists that we’re going to profile and will be performing at the event are Wang Chung, Starship: ft. Mickey Thomas, Air Supply, Bodeans, Fuel, and Sugar Ray
This is personally one of my favorites. Their hit song Dance Hall Days (below) is the antithesis of popular music and movie soundtrack music in the 80’s. The song was featured in Bachelor Party, Pretty in Pink, and continues to invoke strong memories of 1980’s America – the time before the internet, cell phones, and CD’s. They had many other hit songs including Everybody Have Fun Tonight.
Starship: ft. Mickey Thomas
Another great band, another great anthem from the 1980’s – Starship will be a real crowd pleaser. Their biggest single, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, was the theme to the romantic comedy film Mannequin. It quickly jumped up the charts to #1 in the US, UK, Ireland, and Canada.
A prolific soft rock duo who’s been performing since 1975. One of their most famous songs is All Out Of Love.
A Wisconsin alternative band who’s song Closer to Free was featured in Heavyweights, Milk Money, and as the theme song to Party of Five. They’re still releasing singles and going strong. I still listen to the BoDeans when I’m on car trips or reminiscing about Ben Stiller’s greatest movie (Heavyweights).
Dipping a little more into popular bands from the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Fuel is still going strong with plans for a new album. Their biggest hits include Hemorrhage (In My Hands), Shimmer, and Falls On Me. One of my favorite bands in grade school when I was learning to play guitar. Still listen to their songs weekly. I am PUMPED about seeing Fuel.
Yes, kids. Mark McGrath was in a band, and a darn good one, before he was an entertainment presenter and ever-present TV show guest and presenter. Sugar Ray absolutely dominated the late 90’s early 2000’s pop rock music and radio. They’re still going strong! Hits include Fly, Every Morning, Someday, When It’s Over, Falls Apart, and RPM