by Beth Keating
February 28, 2021
The annual “Garden Rocks Concert Series” at EPCOT may be COVID-silenced for this year, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to appreciate some excellent music as you enjoy the gorgeous topiaries, garden designs, and tasty food kitchens at this year’s Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Disney has a new live music series planned for the 2021 festival, and it will be brought to you courtesy of some of Orlando’s finest local bands.
The 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival takes place from March 3 – July 5, 2021, and the bands will be taking the stage at the “City Beautiful Bandstand” at the America Gardens Theatre from Friday through Monday evenings. (Hint to those of you from elsewhere – Orlando is known as “The City Beautiful.”) The concerts are free with your EPCOT admission (don’t forget to make park reservations as well!), and the bands will be performing classic songs from the past and present.
The current schedule of band appearances includes:
- EPIC! - (Pop)
Get ready for a true multi-generational "SuperBand" who continues their run of success—making appearances all over the world with their Concert Style high-energy show!
o March 5 to 8
o April 16 to 19
o May 28 to 31
- Motown in Motion (Motown / R&B)
Get moving to the sounds of this power-packed, live Motown musical tribute to some of the greatest American artists of all time.
- March 19 to 22
- April 30 to May 3
- June 11 to 14
- Vintage Vinyl Band (Vintage Pop)
Drop in for a spin with this unconventional top 40 cover band that specializes in retrofitting today's hits into yesterday's sound, while weaving in classics from the American Songbook.
- March 12 to 15
- April 23 to 26
- June 4 to 7
- The Hooligans (Pop)
Rock the night away to classic tunes ranging from the British Invasion to ‘80s pop to ‘90s alternative.
- March 26 to 29
- May 7 to 10
- June 18 to 21
- The Spazmatics (‘80s Pop)
Go wild for this band that recaptures all the best of the ‘80s. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and styles make for an evening of pure energy and entertainment.
- April 2 to 5
- May 14 to 17
- June 25 to 28
- Latin Ambition (Latin/Pop)
Discover why this bilingual Latin American Party Band has received accolades and honors industry-wide for over a decade—and earning their reputation by promising energy, showmanship and diversity.
- April 9 to 12
- May 21 to 24
- July 2 to 5
In addition to the local bands in the amphitheatre, the America Gardens Theatre will also host Disney’s own Voices of Liberty with their all-American a cappella renditions “celebrating the landscape, heart and human spirit of America,” and Mariachi Cobre’s lively Mexican folk music. Over at the Canada Mill Stage, the Jammin’ Gardeners, the funkiest gardeners around, will be doing what the JAMMitors do best, bringing their syncopated sounds, created on an assortment of decidedly non-musical objects, to their audiences. World Showplace will provide a place for guests to relax to live piano music.
Check the Festival Guide at EPCOT for rotating showtimes and locations on the day of your visit.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.
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