Best Eat to the Beat Concerts

In what is becoming a pretty frequent tradition, I take a week every year to write about the top Garden Rocks Concerts for that particular year.  But don’t forget that Epcot has an Eat to the Beat Concert Series during the International Food and Wine Festival.  So why not offer a similar list based on the schedule and groups who you might be able to see this fall.

Welcome to Believe Vacation’s Top Ten where today, we’ll look at the Top 10 Eat to the Beat Concerts for 2018. For this list, I looked at the entire line-up throughout the festival and have ranked them based on shows I would expect my wife and kids to enjoy and thus, your family as well.  So let’s get rockin and rollin and kick it off with:

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10) September 1 to 3: Tiffany

That Song: I Think We’re Alone Now

It’s not the mall and it’s not the 80s but Tiffany still has herself a popular little act.  30 years later and keeping an incredible set of pipes, this pop singer will get the crowd engaged, singing along and dancing in the aisles.

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9) September 4 to 5: MercyMe

That Song: I Can Only Imagine

Bringing the spiritual side of things to the festival, this popular Oklahoma group who hit its peak in the early 2000’s will make it’s Epcot debut.  No doubt you and everyone in the audience will be praising with the iconic “I Can Only Imagine“, a song that smashed records and sold 2.5 million copies.

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8) October 8 to 10: Air Supply

That Song: All Out of Love

These guys were ALL OVER THE PLACE in the 80s.  One of the most iconic duos of all time may be a little too much “soft rock” for all family members but moms and dads will love their catalog of songs about being lost in love, all out of love, and the one that you love.

7) October 17 to 18: 38 Special

That Song: Caught Up In You

Southern Rock lives as the band returns to its home state of Florida.  Founded by the younger brother of the legendary Van Zant family, this group brings together driving guitars, jammin’ licks and beats and iconic lyrics that will have your rockin’ into the night!

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6) September 20 to 21: Living Colour

That Song: Cult of Personality

This group may be the best live group of the bunch and it has been proven by their appearances on Arsenio, SNL and even Wrestlemania.  Led by the incredible Vernon Reid on guitar, you’ll be amazed at the sounds that come out of this group from New York.  And when the first few notes of Cult of Personality hit, the crowd is sure to be whipped into a frenzy.

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5) September 24 to 26: Sugar Ray

That Song: Fly

This group is sure to win the “Most times I mentioned ‘I never knew they sang this'” Award.  Sugar Ray was as popular in the late 90s as any other group going.  And to show they were not a one-hit wonder with Fly, their follow-up album was titled 14:59 to show their 15 minutes of fame were not up yet.  Awesome!

4) STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas (October 26 to 28)

That Song: We Built This City

Performing at Epcot for many years now, fans of this group know there was no bigger hit for the band, maybe even the entire 80s, than THAT SONG. First they were the hippies of Jefferson Airplane, then the psychedelic spin off of Jefferson Starship and now have settled on the pop rock of STARSHIP. Regardless of names of the band or era, the entire family will remember classic songs throughout the entire show.

3) September 14 to 16: Baha Men

That Song: Who Let the Dogs Out?

If for that song alone, everyone with kids needs to try to get over to this show to sing along.  Just an incredibly fun song that will conclude a highly energetic showcase of singing, melodies and awesome dance moves.

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2) Smash Mouth (October 13-14)

That Song: All Star

We have reached the point where Millennials can now call themselves old!  It seems like just the other day Smash Mouth was touring with their new hit All-Star.  Nope, that would be 20 years ago.  The group still sounds great, kids will recognize the songs from Shrek and younger adults will feel like they’ve traveled back in time….only a few years ago really.

1) November 5 to 7: Boyz II Men

That Song: End of the Road

A part of me feels I owe it to these gentlemen and show up just to thank them for many amazing junior high dances.  I always joke that if you were a DJ in the mid-90s and you had a Jr. High dance gig, you had a night off because all you had to do was put in their album II and turn out the lights.  Just amazing songs with amazing harmonies that still sounds as good as the CD did 25 years earlier.

Rest of the Lineup

August 30 to 31: Blue October

September 6 to 7: NEW! Glass Tiger

September 8 to 9: NEW! Tauren Wells
September 10 to 11: Postmodern Jukebox
September 12 to 13: NEW! Vertical Horizon
September 17 to 19: Plain White T’s
September 22 to 23: NEW! Sheila E
September 27 to 28: David Cook
September 29 to 30: Jeffrey Osborne
October 1 to 2: NEW! Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts
October 3 to 4: Everclear
October 5 to 7: Mark Wills
October 11 to 12: NEW! Anderson East
October 15 to 16: NEW! 98 Degrees
October 19 to 21: The Devon Allman Project
October 22 to 23: Kenny G
October 24 to 25: Billy Ocean
October 29 to 31: Hanson
November 1 to 2: NEW! High Valley
November 3 to 4: Taylor Dayne
November 8 to 9: The Hooters
November 10 to 12: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Did I miss anyone? Are you planning on going to one of these shows at Epcot this fall? Leave your comments below and as always, there’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!

*All photos courtesy of the artists Facebook page
Brian Pavlick
brianp@believevacations.com

Brian Pavlick is a husband and father residing in Maylene, AL. His love of Disney goes back to his early memories of watching the New Disney Channel on cable, occasional vacations to Orlando Florida and attending Disney Institute Management Training classes. He keeps up with Disney news and updates by reading numerous websites, experiencing attractions by watching YouTube videos and introducing his family to classic and timeless Disney movies, attractions and songs.

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