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This weekend: Busch Gardens, SeaWorld kick off 'Bands, Brew and BBQ' with Dennis DeYoung, LeAnn Rimes



Soundcheck's Wacky Uncle Steve from Stuck in the 80s already told you about the free Bands, Brew and BBQ concert series that kicks off this month at Busch Gardens. But the first performer on the bill, Dennis DeYoung of Styx (that's him, above, eating a microphone), is coming up this weekend, so maybe it's time we recap all the music set to pop off this spring at Busch Gardens:

Feb. 7: Dennis DeYoung. (Click here for a rapturous Stuck in the 80s review of a 2008 DeYoung show in Clearwater.)

Feb. 14: Willie Nelson. (Yes, you can hear To All the Girls I've Loved Before on Valentine's Day.)

Feb. 21: Huey Lewis and the News

Feb. 28: Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo

As it turns out, Bands, Brew and BBQ is also going on at Busch Gardens' sister park, SeaWorld. That series also kicks off this weekend, with the following lineup of performers:

Feb. 6: LeAnn Rimes

Feb. 13: Montgomery Gentry

Feb. 20John Rich (of Big & Rich)

Feb. 27: Yes

"But Soundcheck," you're saying, "won't the poor dolphins be freaked out by Yes and their neverending noodly prog-rock?" Obviously, the answer is yes, but there is good news: All these concerts are free with paid admission to the park. Click here and here for details on each concert series.

Finally, let's not forget that the music will continue throughout the spring at both parks. Busch Gardens is in the midst of their oldies-heavy "Real Music Series" -- Paul Revere and the Raiders are this week's performers -- and they'll offer a Christian series, with artists like Kirk FranklinMandisa and Skillet, in May. And March is Latin music month at both parks.

After the jump, get a roundup of all announced musical guests coming up at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld...

Busch Gardens

Feb. 3-6: Paul Revere and the Raiders

Feb. 7: Dennis DeYoung of Styx

Feb. 10-13: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone

Feb. 14: Willie Nelson

Feb. 17-20: John Davidson

Feb. 21: Huey Lewis and the News

Feb. 24-27: Chubby Checker

Feb. 28: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

March 3-6: The Osmond Brothers

March 7: Luis Enrique

March 10-13: Davy Jones

March 14: Zion and Lennox

March 17-20: The Fifth Dimension

March 21: India

March 28: Milly Quezada

May 1: Matthew West, Brandon Heath and Jonny Diaz

May 8: Skillet and Building 429

May 15: Kirk Franklin and Mandisa


Feb. 6: LeAnn Rimes

Feb. 13: Montgomery Gentry

Feb. 20: John Rich (of Big & Rich)

Feb. 27: Yes

March 6: Victor Manuelle

March 13: Oscar D'Leon

March 20: Sergio Vargas

March 27: Grupomania

Finally, we would be remiss if we didn't also remind you about Universal Orlando's killer concert series this spring, featuring acts like Sheryl Crow, Blondie and Akon. That series kicks off Saturday with KC and the Sunshine Band. Click here for Universal's full concert lineup.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:16pm]


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