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Busch Gardens adds En Vogue, Kool and the Gang to food festival concert lineup

The theme park’s Food & Wine Festival runs weekends through April 25, now with more free concerts.
En Vogue will play the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival April 18. The group, which currently includes founding members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron, as well as Rhona Bennett, most recently made a cameo appearance in Coming 2 America.
En Vogue will play the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival April 18. The group, which currently includes founding members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron, as well as Rhona Bennett, most recently made a cameo appearance in Coming 2 America. [ Busch Gardens ]
Published Mar. 29
Updated Mar. 29

Busch Gardens has spiced up its Food & Wine Festival by adding more free concerts to its menu, including appearances by En Vogue, one of the highest-selling female groups of all time, and disco greats Kool and the Gang.

The Tampa theme park’s Food & Wine Festival, which runs weekends through April 25, includes the concerts with admission at two limited-capacity performances each day on the Festival Field near the Iron Gwazi coaster.

The new acts include Latin Explosion (a tribute to Selena, Gloria Estefan and Santana), Fleetwood Max (a tribute to Fleetwood Mac), En Vogue and Kool & The Gang.

En Vogue, which currently includes founding members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron, as well as Rhona Bennett, performs April 18. The group most recently made a cameo appearance in Coming 2 America, singing Whatta King to Eddie Murphy in the sequel to the tune of Whatta Man. The group has sold 10 million albums with chart-topping ’90s hits like Hold On, Don’t Let Go and Free Your Mind.

The festival concert series will close out April 25 with Kool and the Gang, led by Robert “Kool” Bell, though his brother and co-founder Ronald Bell died last year. The Grammy winners have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations with songs like Celebration, Cherish and Jungle Boogie. They have performed continuously for the 35 years, longer than any R&B group in history.

Here is the current concert lineup:

Friday: Sugar Ray

Saturday: Sister Hazel

Sunday: Latin Explosion (a tribute to Santana, Gloria Estefan and Selena)

April 10: LOCASH

April 11: Fleetwood Max (a tribute to Fleetwood Mac)

April 17: Tito Nieves

April 18: En Vogue

April 24: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas

April 25: Kool & The Gang

You can also purchase reserved seating at the concerts for $39.99 at buschgardens.com.