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FINE FOOD, DRINK, TUNES

If you're looking for an excuse to hit the Magic Kingdom this fall, may we suggest the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival?

The food is a draw, sure. But where else can you visit a faithful recreation of medieval Norway androck out to Right Here Waiting? (Besides in our dreams, of course.)

That's right: Richard Marx is one of the headliners to this year's Eat to the Beat Concert Series, which brings in national artists to perform while you chow down on world-class cuisine.

Other headliners include Vanessa Carlton, Sister Hazel, Kool & the Gang and Los Lobos.

The bands have to work for their money - there are three shows per day, at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. at the World Showcase at Epcot America Gardens Theatre.

The first shows are this weekend with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Sept. 25-27.

Here's a complete schedule of performers.

Friday-Sunday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Sept. 28-29: Richard Marx

Sept. 30-Oct. 3: Starship with Mickey Thomas.

Oct. 4-6: En Vogue.

Oct. 7-8: Better Than Ezra.

Oct. 9-11: Sister Hazel.

Oct. 12-13: Kool & the Gang.

Oct. 14-16: Spyro Gyra.

Oct. 17-18: Jon Secada.

Oct. 19-20: Sister Sledge.

Oct. 21-22: Vanessa Carlton.

Oct. 23-25: Taylor Dayne.

Oct. 26-28: Boyz II Men.

Oct. 29-31: John Waite.

Nov. 1-2: Taylor Hicks.

Nov. 3-5: Billy Ocean.

Nov. 6-8: Los Lobos.

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Blues legends set for Ruth Eckerd

Who's the greatest bluesman alive? Assuming you didn't say "John Mayer," you probably answered in one of two ways:

1. B.B. King

2. Buddy Guy

You'll be happy to know, then, that the two blues legends are hitting the road, and they'll be performing together at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 5.

Tickets are $52.50, $62.50 and $82.50, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $128.

Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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Underoath's homecoming

Underoath is probably the biggest band to come out of Tampa in the past couple of decades. And this fall, it's coming back home - and just in time for Thanksgiving, too.

Underoath, which last rocked Tampa Bay in July on the Warped Tour, will play Nov. 25 at the Ritz Ybor with August Burns Red and Emery (who, you might recall, kind of left fans hanging during their last trip through town).

Tickets to the show are $20.

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