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SeaWorld, Busch Gardens announce replacements for Bands, Brew & BBQ


Published:   |   Updated: February 5, 2014 at 02:44 PM

Grammy-winning country star Gretchen Wilson and “Blue Collar” comedian Bill Engvall are the latest performers to sign on for SeaWorld’s Bands Brew & BBQ concerts, the Orlando theme park announced this morning.

Wilson performs Saturday at 4 p.m., while Engvall will take the stage on Sunday at 4 p.m.

SeaWorld hasn’t had much time to replace the lineup for the seven-weekend concert and food festival since performers, including Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Heart, 38 Special and Barenaked Ladies, canceled their appearances at the park over the documentary “Blackfish.”

Busch Gardens, which is operated by the same parent company as SeaWorld, later saw Pat Benatar and the Beach Boys cancel their performances at the Tampa theme park’s one-weekend version of Bands Brew & BBQ.

Earlier this week, Busch Gardens announced it replaced those acts with R&B singer Jason Derulo, who performs Saturday, and southern rock band Dickey Betts and the Marshall Tucker Band, performing Sunday.

The cancellations came in late 2013 after fans launched campaigns on Change.org citing the film, which explores what may have caused an orca to kill SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau.

The concerts are included with regular admission to the parks. Outside restaurants will provide barbecue for sale and the park will offer a wide selection of craft beer during the shows.

Bands Brew and BBQ is scheduled to continue weekends through March 8 at SeaWorld. The park has yet to announce replacements for the rest of the dates.

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