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Flower Power Weekend Concerts at 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Feature Artists from the ’60s and ’70s

Pop stars of the 1960s and ’70s will belt out rock ‘n’ roll classics and “best-of” dance tunes for Flower Power concert guests during the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.  Beginning March 8 and continuing each weekend, the electric Flower Power lineup of award-winning artists will feature two new-to-the-festival acts:  The Village People (“Y.M.C.A”) and Tommy Roe (“DIZZY”).

Pop stars of the 1960s and ’70s will belt out rock ‘n’ roll classics and “best-of” dance tunes for Flower Power concert guests during the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Kicking off the concert series March 8-10, The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz will return for fans who flocked to his May 2012 Epcot festival concerts. Dolenz appeared in concert to honor his beloved late band mate, Davy Jones, who had been a Flower Power fan favorite.

Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Here’s the lineup (subject to change without notice):

March 8-10       The Monkees Lead Singer Micky Dolenz “Last Train to Clarksville”

March 15-17     Chubby Checker & The Wildcats “The Twist”

March 22-24     The Guess Who “American Woman”

March 29-31     Nelson “Garden Party”

April 5-7           The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie “Happy Together”

April 12-14       Paul Revere & The Raiders “Good Thing”

April 19-21       NEW! Village People “Y.M.C.A.”

April 26-28       The Orchestra featuring former members of ELO and ELO Part II “Don’t Bring Me Down”

May 3-5            NEW! Tommy Roe “DIZZY”

May 10-12        Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”

May 17-19         Starship starring Mickey Thomas “We Built this City”

Flower Power performances are included with Epcot admission.

Sights & Sounds at Disney Parks: Micky’s Many Thanks; Summer Sounds Sizzle

Micky Dolenz of the MonkeesLast month, The Monkees’ original lead singer Micky Dolenz took Epcot by storm (and I don’t mean the weather). From the enthusiasm of the delighted guests at the three shows I attended, it looks like there might be a new Flower Power Concert Series tradition!

From the road, where he’s headlining in the “Happy Together” classic rock and roll music tour, Micky sends his sincere thanks to Walt Disney World Resort guests and cast members. “Everything is so great there,” he told me. “The people are so efficient, the sound equipment is excellent — and the food is terrific.”

Micky is particularly grateful that everyone accepted him in place of his Monkee “brother,” Davy Jones. He was touched that his friend Peter Noone also paid tribute to Davy in earlier Epcot shows.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Micky, since his sister Coco joined him onstage and since he’s been a Disney fan since childhood. “As long ago as I can remember, I loved the Mickey Mouse Club; I had a terrible crush on Cheryl Holdridge and of course, Annette Funicello [who later appeared in The Monkees theatrical film, Head].

“It’s part of almost everyone’s childhood. I remember the first time I went to the Disneyland Resort — my parents surprised me. I’m a big fan of Tomorrowland, with all the science stuff, and Frontierland — especially Tom Sawyer Island.” Micky was happy to hear that there’s a Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom Park and is excited about Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland park, too.

Did you see Micky at Epcot? Want to see him back next year? If you can’t wait, he may be coming to your town on the Happy Together Tour this year.

And if you want to keep live rock and pop at Epcot, you’ll want to check out the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series, now through July 28 at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase.

Sounds Like Summer presents the very finest tribute bands that recapture the authentic musical qualities of classic rock bands with spot-on precision and artistry. I got a chance to talk with Dicky Lee, guitar player for one of the most popular, Hotel California. They’ve just wrapped another well-received week performing the music of The Eagles at the America Gardens Theater.

“We get more email for our Epcot shows than anywhere else in the country,” he said. “Everything is state-of-the-art all the way. Each note and nuance has all the clarity and brilliance that can be achieved with today’s advances in sound.”

The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series keeps the music going with Stayin’ Alive (tribute to the Bee Gees), June 29 – 30; Slippery When Wet (the ultimate Bon Jovi tribute), July 1 – July 7; Police Experience (a tribute to The Police), July 10 – July 17; Southbound and Company (tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd), July 18 – July 21 and 2U (U2 tribute band), July 22 – July 28. Showtimes are 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. (except on July 4, when showtimes are scheduled for 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.).

From the sounds of The Eagles and The Bee Gees to The Police and Bon Jovi, the impact of great music, expertly performed, is impossible to measure. As Dicky says, “This music is the sound track to a lot of people’s lives. Giving them the opportunity to go ‘back there’ for a moment is a source of joy.”

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