Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Taylor Hicks, Sugar Ray, Hanson lead music lineup
Boy, the 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is pulling out all the stops this year to bring in young fans. They've somehow managed to book all the hottest bands of 1997 to lead their "Eat to the Beat!" concert series.
Sugar Ray! Hanson, above! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy! Boyz II Men! Jon Secada -- he was still relevant in 1997, right?
Sheesh. This is usually a great event, but man, this year's musical lineup isn't doing diddly squat for us. It's 100 percent dentist's-office soft rock (Taylor Dayne, Expose, Air Supply, Howard Jones) and about 80 percent classic rock (Night Ranger, .38 Special, elements of Supertramp and Starship) and cheesy oldies funk (Billy Ocean, Kool and the Gang).
Let's put it this way: The youngest pup on the bill is Taylor Hicks. And you don't see much Soul Patrol merch clogging the aisles at Hot Topic these days, do you?
The festival is Oct. 1-Nov. 14 at Epcot in Orlando, and concerts are free with park admission. The artists usually play a couple of dates, then leave and make room for the next act. Get this year's complete lineup and dates after the jump.
Oct. 1-3: Taylor Dayne
oct. 4-5: Kool and the Gang
Oct. 6-8: Sugar Ray
Oct. 9-10: Taylor Hicks
Oct. 11-12: Air Supply
Oct. 13-14: Sister Hazel
Oct. 16-17: Howard Jones
Oct. 18-19: Expose
Oct. 20-21: .38 Special
Oct. 22-24: Night Ranger
Oct. 25-27: Billy Ocean
Oct. 28-31: Starship, starring Mickey Thomas
Nov. 1-3: Boyz II Men
Nov. 4-5: Supertramp's Roger Hodgson
Nov. 6-7: Jon Secada
Nov. 8-9: Hanson
Nov. 10-11: Rick Springfield
Nov. 12-14: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy