Winter and spring are just around the corner, and you know what that means: A bunch of classic rock bands are coming to Busch Gardens in Tampa.
The park has unveiled the lineup for its 2012 "Bands, Brew & BBQ" series in February, and it includes Lynyrd Skynyrd on Feb. 12, Bret Michaels on Feb. 19, .38 Special on Feb. 26 and REO Speedwagon on March 4. The concerts are included with park admission, though access to the craft beer garden and barbecue restaurants will cost a little extra. Busch Gardens said prices will be available soon.
This follows the park's annual "Real Music Concert Series," featuring acts that are a little lighter on the ears: Frankie Avalon, the Osmond Brothers, the Grass Roots, etc. The park also announced that its annual Viva La Musica Latin concert series will return on Sundays from April 15-May 6, though no acts have been announced.
Finally, lest we forget our neighbors to the east, Busch Gardens' sister park, SeaWorld, has its own Bands, Brew & BBQ and Viva La Musica series — but no acts have been announced yet.
Here is Busch Gardens' full music lineup by date:
Jan. 18-21: The Terry Myers Orchestra with the Swing Sisters
Jan. 25-28: The Glenn Miller Orchestra with the Diamonds
Feb. 1-4: Tony Orlando
Feb. 8-11: Frankie Avalon
Feb. 12: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Feb. 15-18: The Osmond Brothers
Feb. 19: Bret Michaels
Feb. 22-25: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Feb. 26: .38 Special
Feb. 29-March 3: The Ventures
March 4: REO Speedwagon
March 7-10: Rita Coolidge
March 14-17: The Grass Roots
March 21-24: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
'Wall' reaches Orlando
If you missed Roger Waters' recreation of The Wall last November at the St. Pete Times Forum, good news: The Pink Floyd rocker is bringing the epic tour back to Central Florida.
The second leg of Waters' The Wall tour will hit Orlando's Amway Center on June 16. Tickets are $48.75-$202.75, and the go on sale Nov. 18.
More than 14,500 fans turned out when Waters played the Forum last fall, and were treated to a Wall-sized spectacle involving children's choirs, inflatable marionettes and hits like Comfortably Numb and Another Brick In The Wall Part 2.
• Check out this brilliant bit of wordplay: Willie Nelson is going "on the road again." BOOM, NAILED IT. He'll perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 2. Tickets are $48.50-$100. Worried you can't wait that long to get your Nelson fix? No problem! Because...
• Willie's son's band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will be performing on the first night of Ribfest (Nov. 11), opening for John Fogerty in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
• They were just here a few weeks ago, but we'll happily welcome them back: Mates of State will open for The Airborne Toxic Event on Nov. 29 at the Ritz Ybor.
• According to their website, Grateful Dead recreationists Dark Star Orchestra will perform March 2 at Jannus Live. No details yet on tickets.