As anyone who knows me can tell you, I am into music. It started when I was in grade school. My Dad was into music, so I received a great appreciation for all types from Big Band on up to present day.
My exposure to this started a number of years ago when I kept hearing about this great band in EPCOT - Off Kilter. I never seemed to run across them, so I went into Guest Services and asked. The days that I was usually in EPCOT were, of course, the days they had off. I made it a point to plan to be there on one of their show days and incredible didn’t begin to cover it! The music is Celtic in style, with a bit of a twist on every song. There are your traditional reels but in between if you listen carefully you can hear riffs from the band Rush. "Danny Boy" is done with a rock beat, and "Amazing Grace" is usually preceded with a quick bit from “Stairway to Heaven” and is played with a bit of a jazzy blues feel to it. Definitely not your Dad’s traditional Irish band, that’s for sure.
|Mulch, Sweat & Shears|
Another very talented gentleman, who substituted for the regular bass player in Mulch, Sweat & Shears for a while, recently received his own band in the United Kingdom Pavilion as part of the British Revolution. Of course, I just had to get over there to see them, and another must do was added to the list. Are we starting to see a pattern here?
Those are always my must do’s. I have several others that I do try to catch as often as I can such as Mariachi Cobre, Mo’Rockin’, Oktoberfest Musikanten and Voices of Liberty. Any special concerts such as the Eat to the Beat Concert Series and the Flower Power Concert Series in EPCOT with special guest performances by artists who are fairly well known are also on my list. Admission to these concert events are included with your admission to the park; however, some of the more popular acts will fill up the America Gardens Theatre quickly so you will want to get there early. The Dapper Dans and Main Street Philharmonic always get me singing and dancing over at the
. The Notorious Banjo Brothers and Bob are also
great over in Frontierland. Magic Kingdom
I almost never manage to fit all of them into one trip in between everything else, but I always know that I will be surrounded with the happiness and joy that great music can bring to people while I am at Disney, regardless of the variety I happen to be listening to. So whether you are dancing with the parades, marveling at the scores to the fireworks, being amazed at the talent of the live entertainment, or enjoying the music of the stage shows, what musical memory will you and your family make this year? Let me know what your favorite is! I look forward to hearing from you. Until then, Rock on!