Extra Concerts to Close Festival on Memorial Day
Thirteen pop bands with hits spanning several decades will play the Garden Rocks Concert Series at the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2-May 30, 2016. This year’s festival expands from 75 to 90 days, adding two additional concert series weekends to the lineup and extending the final weekend of performances to Memorial Day.
Blood, Sweat & Tears, Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company, Darlene Love and Georgia Satellites will rock Epcot audiences for the first time. Night Ranger, a fan favorite band that’s played the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, will make a Flower & Garden Festival debut. The Orchestra starring former members of ELO, who topped charts in the 1970s and ‘80s, will kick off the concert series March 4-6.
Guests can dance in their seats each festival weekend to classic tunes at the park’s America Gardens Theatre. An eclectic mix of Flower & Garden Festival fan favorites includes the Village People, who debuted at the festival in 2013. With a nod to the 1960s, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone will rock the house April 1-3. On Memorial Day, The Spinners will close the 90-day festival on a high note, extending their weekend performance to Monday.
Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and are included with Epcot admission. Here is this year’s lineup (subject to change without notice):
March 4-6 The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
March 11-13 Starship starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
March 18-20 Little River Band “Lady”
March 25-27 Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
April 1-3 Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
April 8-10 The Guess Who “These Eyes”
April 15-17 NEW! Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
April 22-24 NEW! Bad Company, former lead singer Brian Howe “Can’t Get Enough”
April 29-May 1 NEW! Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”
May 6-8 Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
May 13-15 NEW! Darlene Love “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home”
May 20-22 Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
May 27-30 The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”