Craig Wayne Boyd, Adam Wakefield, and El Gran Combo to Appear at Food and Wine this Weekend
Things are heating up at The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival. Voice veterans, Craig Wayne Boyd & Adam Wakefield, and Latin sensations El Gran Combo, will take the stage this weekend.
Adam Wakefield- Saturday, March 25 – 7 p.m.
After finishing second overall in The Voice, Adam Wakefield has skyrocketed to the top of the iTunes charts with his hit single, “Lonesome Broken and Blue” and boasted the season’s top debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The single, also arrived as his highest-charting of nine entries on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. Aside from The Voice, Wakefield has shared the stage as a musician with artists such as Chris Cagle, Lee Brice, Keith Anderson, and more. During CMA Fest this year, he performed alongside the Oak Ridge Boys, Maren Morris, Steven Tyler, and more as part of Marty Stuart’s Annual Late Night Jam.
Craig Wayne Boyd – Saturday, March 25 – 8:30 p.m.
Since winning The Voice, Craig has been busy touring and recording a new album which features “Wild Ways.” Rooted in the southern tradition of country music, Craig is an extreme talent who excelled at singing and playing the guitar at age four. He received long-due critical and mainstream recognition as the Season 7 winner of The Voice. Taking the title as a member of Team Blake (Shelton), Craig dazzled the audience with the premiere performance of “My Baby’s Got A Smile on Her Face,” which debuted #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Growing up in the Texas suburb of Mesquite, Craig’s childhood was highly influenced by gospel and country music and he later became the choir director at his hometown church. After a trip to Nashville, life-changing events came his way. Craig signed a publishing deal with EMI and after several years of prolific songwriting, he began touring heavily, logging more than 1,000 shows in four years, and opening for acts like Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser and Brantley Gilbert. In 2015, Craig opened up for Rascal Flatts during their Vegas Riot! Nine show residency at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas before continuing on his headlining West Bound and Down Tour.
El Gran Combo – Sunday, March 26 – 7 p.m.
In 2002, El Gran Combo celebrated their 40th anniversary with two sold-out concerts at the Ruben Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. This celebration spawned a renowned album that was recognized as one of the best of the year. A year later, they received a Grammy for Best Tropical Album.
As of 2011, the orchestra has released over 60 albums or CD’s, and it has received many awards, including golden albums, a “Calendario de Plata” in Mexico, a “Golden Combo” in Colombia, a “Paoli Award” in their native Puerto Rico, an honorable distinction in Spain and countless others. In 2006, they released their album titled Arroz con Habichuela (“Rice and Beans”). It spawned three hit singles. The first one titled “No Hay Manera” (“There’s No Way”), the title song, and “Si La Vez Por Ahí”. In 2007, El Gran Combo performed two massive concerts at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum to celebrate their 45th anniversary. In 2010, two tribute albums were released, one by former member Andy Montañez and another by the bank Banco Popular, as part of their annual music series.
There are three sections of VIP seating that can be purchased at the concert, with section 1 being the closest, section 2 in the middle, and section 3 in the back. Reserved sections start at $29.99.
The Festival features 13 different culinary cabins that guests can experience throughout the park, each with its own special menu including three new cabins, Tasty Taquiera, Cooking with Coke Pavilion and Fry Fusion. There is a menu of more than 35 dishes designed for the event, including signature dishes and new cuisine like duck tacos, lobster ravioli, bacon mac & cheese, brown sugar rubbed pork belly, banana foster panna cotta and cabernet-filled chocolates, as well as an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. Food and Wine concerts are included in any park admission. Samples of food and wine must be purchased separately, or in the form of a combo lanyard.
For more information on Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival, visit the event’s Web site here.
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