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Sheila E, 98 Degrees, MercyMe, Tauren Wells Bring Magic to 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival


Regular readers of the blog know that music is an integral part of the Epcot “festival” experience.

And, we’re excited to give you an update on the “Eat to the Beat” concert series for this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, coming this fall.

New to this year’s concert series will be percussionist extraordinaire and singer Sheila E and ‘80s Canadian rockers Glass Tiger. 98 Degrees – featuring brothers and “Dancing With the Stars” alums Nick and Drew Lachey – also bring their smooth harmonies to the festival. Maybe they’ll sing “True To Your Heart” from Disney’s “Mulan”? And, if that weren’t enough, entertainer Jim Belushi brings his rhythm-and-blues band The Sacred Hearts to the festival this year.

This year’s lineup also will include two Contemporary Christian music artists: MercyMe, who successfully branched out from music this year with the hit film based on lead singer Bart Mallard’s life called “I Can Only Imagine”; and former “Royal Tailor” front man Tauren Wells, who has found mainstream success this year, touring with Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie.

Returning favorites include ‘80s pop stars Tiffany and Billy Ocean, ’90s hit makers like Hanson and Everclear; and swing-meisters Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who close out the festival as they have for the last couple of years.

The lineup so far is:

8/30-31 – Blue October – “Into the Ocean” 9/1-3 – Tiffany – “I Think We’re Alone Now” 9/4-5 – MercyMe – “I Can Only Imagine” NEW 9/6-7 – Glass Tiger – “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) NEW 9/8-9 – Tauren Wells – “Hills and Valleys” NEW 9/10-11 – Postmodern Jukebox 9/12-13 – TBD 9/14-16 – Baha Men – “Who Let The Dogs Out” 9/17-19 – TBD 9/20-21 – Living Color – “Cult of Personality” 9/22-23 – Sheila E – “The Glamorous Life” NEW 9/24-26 – Sugar Ray – “Every Morning” 9/27-28 – David Cook – “Light On” 9/29-30 – Jeffrey Osbourne – “On The Wings of Love” 10/1-2 – Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts – Various Hits 10/3-4 – Everclear – “Santa Monica” 10/5-7 – Mark Wills – “19 Somethin’” 10/8-10 – Air Supply – “All Out Of Love” 10/11-12 – TBD 10/13-14 – TBD 10/15-16 – 98 Degrees – “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” NEW 10/17-18 – 38 Special – “Hold On Loosely” 10/19-21 – Devon Allman Project – “Ragged and Dirty” 10/22-23 – TBD 10/24-25 – Billy Ocean – “Get Outta My Dreams” 10/26-28 – Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – “We Built This City” 10/29-31 – Hanson – “MMMBop” 11/1-2 – TBD 11/3-4 – Taylor Dayne – “Prove Your Love” 11/5-7 – Boyz II Men – “End Of The Road” 11/8-9 – The Hooters – “And We Danced” 11/10-12 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – “Go Daddy-O

The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

For more information on the Festival, check out TasteEpcot.com and stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for updates on this year’s celebrity chef events, “Eat to the Beat” dining packages, special events and other fun.

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