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New Acts to See at Epcot’s 2017 Eat to the Beat Series

by on July 10, 2017

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With Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival longer than ever, more bands than ever have been added to the companion concert series, Eat to the Beat.

Thirty-two bands, to be exact, will be playing during Food and Wine, which runs from Aug. 31 to Nov. 13, 2017. It’s interesting to note that while Eat to the Beat continues to up its game, the Sounds Like Summer series, which featured tribute bands in Epcot, quietly went away this year.

While the vast majority of the Eat to the Beat musical acts will be familiar to festival regulars (hello Hanson, Air Supply, and Billy Ocean), 11 will be playing the festival for the first time. We’re going to take a look at the new acts and offer up a preview of the sounds that will be filling the Epcot America Gardens Theatre.

But first, a trivia question: Which one of these acts also played 1985’s Live Aid benefit concert? You’ll have to read on for the answer.

The Hooters, Sept. 2-3

This Philadelphia band hit it big in the ’80s with their upbeat melange of rock, folk, and reggae. Their breakthrough album “Nervous Night” yielded the MTV hits “And We Danced” and “All You Zombies”.

The band was formed by Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, taking their name from a nickname for the melodica, a combination keyboard and harmonica. Before The Hooters signed to a major label, Hyman and Bazilian were enlisted to write, arrange, and perform on the debut album of a then-unknown Cyndi Lauper.

Hyman, Bazilian, and several other bandmates from The Hooters’ ’80s heyday reunited in 2001. Here’s a 2016 performance of “All You Zombies” that’s a good demonstration of the musical chops this band has built up in decades of playing together.

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