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Alan Jackson, Kid Rock to play SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series

Kid Rock, here performing at an after-party for the 2012 Republican National Convention, will return to Florida to play at SeaWorld.

Luis Santana / Times

Kid Rock, here performing at an after-party for the 2012 Republican National Convention, will return to Florida to play at SeaWorld.

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After nine musical acts dropped out of SeaWorld’s Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series lineup — all over 2013 documentary Blackfish and its depiction of the theme park’s treatment of killer whales — two major artists have decided to buck the trend, and the political tide, and play there:

Alan Jackson (this Saturday, 5 p.m.) and Kid Rock (this Sunday, 4 p.m.) will rock the park’s Bayside Stadium on the opening weekend of Bands, Brew & BBQ, an event included with park admission or any annual pass product.

Hat-wearing country singer Jackson is a traditionalist and then some; Kid Rock, aka Bob Ritchie, is a loud, brash genre-blending troublemaker. Regardless of the issues, that both of them are doing what a lot of musicians are not is no surprise.

SeaWorld’s sister park Busch Gardens also hosts a Bands, Brew & BBQ event, which begins Feb. 9. No acts have been listed for the Busch Gardens version, although two weeks ago, both Pat Benatar and the Beach Boys canceled upcoming appearances at the Tampa site, part of a continued and substantial music fallout from Blackfish.

The film focuses on a 12,000-pound bull orca named Tilikum, the killer whale involved in several tragic events, including the death of veteran SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

— Sean Daly, Times pop music critic

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 1:57pm]

    

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