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Hank Williams, Alabama lined up for SeaWorld

After all that controversy, SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series is going out with a bang. A pair of country music legends, Hank Williams Jr. and Alabama, will close out the final weekend of Bands, Brew & BBQ, the park announced Monday. The consistently rowdy Williams will play Saturday, and bestselling trio Alabama will take the stage Sunday. Both shows start at 4 p.m. and are free with SeaWorld admission. SeaWorld's sister park, Busch Gardens, has already unveiled the final-weekend performers for its final Bands, Brew & BBQ lineup: Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee on Saturday and classic rock icons Steve Miller Band on Sunday. Those concerts start at 5 p.m. in Gwazi Park, and are free with park admission. Both parks had a heck of a time booking acts for this year's Bands, Brew & BBQ series after controversy arose over SeaWorld's negative portrayal in the killer whale documentary Blackfish. But both parks fought back ferociously, and in the end, both concert series went off without a hitch. So far, at least.

— Jay Cridlin

Rays will shave heads again

Once again, fortune favors the bald as Rays Manager Joe Maddon, coaches, players and front office staff will shave their heads to pay tribute to children fighting cancer. Fans can join in as well, and all proceeds benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Cut for A Cure. At the Rays-Red Sox game on March 16, the players will line up for shearing at 10:45 a.m., prior to the spring training game at 1:05 p.m. at Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. To show support for a player or participant, the public is encouraged to make a donation at the game or at pcfcutforacure.org. Fans will be able to shave their heads with the Rays and receive a "Fortune Favors the Bald" T-shirt for a $100 donation. "For us, it's about being there for the kids and their families," Maddon said. "We want them to know they are not alone. It's a small gesture, but it is our way of showing support for them while gaining empathy for what they are going through." The Rays have a sign posted in their locker room that says "Fortune Favors the Bold." For this campaign, they declare that "Fortune Favors the Bald."

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Epcot Food & Wine Fest going the distance

Epcot's 2014 Food & Wine Festival will be the longest ever, a record 53 days. The festival will run from Sept. 19 to Nov. 10 — adding an extra week for visitors to eat and drink their way around the world at the internationally themed park. No menus or other festival details were released, and a lineup of chefs will be announced this summer. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which runs Wednesday through May 18, is also getting into the foodie scene. Food stands there include a Florida Fresh stand selling watermelon salad with pickled onions, as well as shrimp and stone ground grits. There's Taste of Marrakesh near the Morocco Pavilion serving lamb brewat rolls and Harissa chicken kebabs with couscous salad. During both festivals, activities are included in regular Epcot admission, but food is priced separately.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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