COLLECTIVE SOUL TO APPEAR AT BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY

Just announced today, the iconic grunge band Collective Soul will play this Saturday at the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival this Saturday, March 12. Collective Soul is replacing the previously-scheduled Goo Goo Dolls, who had to cancel due to an illness.

Rock band O.A.R. will take the stage as planned on Sunday, March 13.

 

The Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from March 5 through April 24.  Concerts are at 6 p.m. and are included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. 

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Collective Soul  – Saturday, March 12 at 6 p.m., Gwazi Park
As Ed Roland sings in “This,” the infectious first single and kick-off track on See What You Started By Continuing: “I got to go… where this song leads / Got to go… where this heart bleeds.”  Collective Soul have followed their songs and souls to hits and multi-platinum alt-rock success, starting with 1993’s anthemic hit “Shine” and onto “December,” “The World I Know,” a duet with Elton John, a song on the hit Twilight soundtrack, and eight acclaimed albums.

But that was then. And this is now. See What You Started By Continuing, produced by Ed Roland, as were all the band’s previous records, is Collective Soul’s ninth album, and first in six years. After 19 straight years of an often-gruelling album-touring cycle, the pause was intentional. And it served to bring the Atlanta-based line-up back with a fresh enthusiasm and approach. “People take vacations for a reason; to recharge and enjoy yourselves,” Ed observes. On their time off, Ed’s younger brother Dean formed a duo; Ed created the Sweet Tea Project; Will Turpin released solo records. “When we came back, we were just so ready and happy to be together and make new music,” says Ed. “We had time to think about what we had accomplished, and we are very proud of that. We came back with a lot more confidence.” Plus, with the 2012 addition of drummer Johnny Rabb, and lead guitarist Jessie Triplett joining the family in 2014, the classic Collective Soul triumvirate were even further energized.

See What You Started By Continuing accomplished what the line-up intended, explains Ed: “We said ‘let’s not be a band that rests on what we did 20 years ago.’ It was the first time we recorded with Jessie and Johnny so there was that new flair and excitement. Dean, Will and I had done eight other records together, but the new guys and the break really helped our heads into, that ‘wow this is exciting,’ and attitude adjustment.”

The slightly inscrutable album title, if dissected, makes perfect sense for Collective Soul’s current attitude, as Ed explains: “I write down a bunch of stuff all the time, phrases and words and that came up, and felt like where we were going with this record. We started something so long ago and we really haven’t changed. We experiment with sounds but we are still a rock n roll band; we make no apologies for that. If people say rock’s dead–I don’t think so. We’ve got our second wind and are ready to go; we’re not starting over, just continuing, strongly, with the same thing we started. Or the simpler answer laughs Ed, “I don’t know it just feels good, dude.”

See What You Started By Continuing does feel good, and the album benefited from fan and on-the-road-feedback. Collective Soul hit the studio in early 2014, but booked shows in the midst of the recording process, so “we were going out and tweaking new songs in front of live audiences; it was a lot fun, it was like pre-production.” Ultimately, the powerful collection of tunes nods to the past, but is a big step into the future. “We really appreciate where we started, and now, where we are as a band,” concludes Ed. “I mean, we won the lottery, so let’s keep going, and going strong. We’ve got our second wind.”

O.A.R.- Sunday, March 13 at 6 p.m., Gwazi Park

O.A.R., or Of a Revolution, is a shape-shifting rock band that is renowned for its vibrant live shows and powerful songs. Starting as a simple college band, O.A.R. quickly skyrocketed to the top of Billboard charts in the 90s and early 2000s with their rock and reggae-infused songs that are now staples in the jam band genre. Hits include the intensely-popular, “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker,” “Love and Memories” and “Heard the World.”

One of the best ways to experience every weekend of the Food & Wine Festival is with a Fun Card, where guests can pay for a day admission and come back all year. For a limited time, guests who buy a 2016 Fun Card to Busch Gardens also will receive a FREE 2016 Adventure Island® Fun Card.

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

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GOO GOO DOLLS CANCELS APPEARANCE AT BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL DUE TO ILLNESS

The Goo Goo Dolls have announced that due to illness, the band has canceled their appearance on Saturday, March 12, at the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival.

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Guests who purchased VIP seating packages can receive refunds by calling 888-800-5447 or visiting the Busch Gardens front gate.

A replacement concert for the date will be announced soon. Please visit Buschgardens.com and follow @buschgardens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Facebook Fans Help Name Baby Rhino at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens® Tampa is asking fans to help name the park’s newest addition – a female southern white rhinoceros calf born the afternoon of Oct. 16.

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The park’s animal care staff selected their top three names for the calf, all of which are Swahili, including:

·         Nyota, which means “star”

·         Nadra, which means “rare”

·         Alasiri, which means “afternoon”

Busch Gardens Tampa is giving everyone a chance to vote by simply logging on to the Busch Gardens Tampa Facebook page and selecting a favorite name. The naming poll takes place now through Nov. 11.

Earlier this week, Kasiri and her calf joined the rest of the park’s southern white rhinoceros herd, also known as a crash, on the Serengeti Plain® habitat. The calf already is very comfortable with her new surroundings. Guests can catch a glimpse of the pair on a Serengeti Safari tour.

Busch Gardens participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for southern white rhinoceros. The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific species populations within AZA-accredited facilities.

Be the first to know updates about the calf by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Busch Gardens is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment®, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

Busch Gardens Welcomes Baby Rhino

A female southern white rhinoceros calf was born at Busch Gardens® Tampa October 16. The calf is healthy and is currently being cared for by mom with the Busch Gardens animal care team watching closely.

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Newborn white rhinoceros usually weigh about 150 pounds and can gain four pounds every day for the first year. White rhinos are the second largest land mammal after the elephant, and can weigh as much as 5,000 pounds when fully grown.

The southern white rhinoceros is classified as a near-threatened species with just over 20,000 left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

Kisiri is an experienced mother. She has had two successful births previously.  The father, Tambo, has been very attentive to, and gentle with, his previous calves and the zoological team expects him to behave similarly with this calf.

Multiple cameras were installed around the birthing area, allowing caretakers to keep an even closer eye on mom Kisiri and record the calf’s first moments. Fans can watch the video online here.

Kisiri and her calf are continuing to be monitored by the animal care staff in the birthing area and are expected to join the rest of the southern white rhinoceros herd on the Serengeti Plain in a few weeks. Guests can try to catch a glimpse of mom and her calf by booking a Serengeti Safari.

Kisiri’s calf is part of Busch Gardens’ participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific species populations within AZA-accredited facilities.

The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has granted more than half a million dollars to specifically help rhino conservation and more than $11 million to conservation projects around the world since its inception in 2003. The Fund was created by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to supporting environmental initiatives, wildlife conservation and animal rescue.

Be the first to know updates about the calf by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Busch Gardens is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment®, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

Busch Gardens Expecting Baby White Rhino

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In celebration of World Rhino Day on Tuesday, Sept. 22, Busch Gardens® Tampa had big news to celebrate. Kisiri, an 18-year old southern white rhinoceros, is expected to give birth to her third calf within the next few weeks.

Kisiri has had two successful births already, Jasiri in 2012, and Zohari in 2010. Tambo, a male southern white rhinoceros at Busch Gardens, is the sire of the calf, as well as Jasiri and Zohari.

Southern white rhinos are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as a near threatened species. They are native to eastern and southern Africa. These massive animals can stand more than 6 feet at the shoulder, weigh as much as 5,000 pounds and live to be 45 or older. The gestation period for white rhinos is approximately 16 months.

Busch Gardens Tampa will celebrate World Rhino Day Sept. 19, allowing park guests to learn about all five rhinoceros species including the critically endangered black rhinoceros and northern white rhinoceros and the threats all rhinos face in the wild. Guests also can help create a large paper-mache globe that will be given to the rhinos as enrichment later in the day.

Kisiri’s pregnancy is part of Busch Gardens’ participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific species populations within AZA-accredited facilities.

Busch Gardens is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment®, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

Howl-O-Scream Facebook Fans Choose “Raven Twins” as Favorite Former Icon

0image0Howl-O-Scream® 2015 Facebook fans have Unearthed the evil former icon that will be featured inside this year’s event. In addition to a billboard photo opportunity inside the event, the Raven Twins will make select appearances at the photo location throughout Howl-O-Scream, letting fans come face-to-face with their favorite former icons.

The Raven Twins from Howl-O-Scream 2008 reeled in victims with their seductive looks and devilish charm. Those who dared to date these beauties fell into a trap of a tortuous night of unimaginable pain.

Thousands of fans participated in the poll, voting more than 10,000 times, and will be able to see the results in the Nairobi area of Busch Gardens® Tampa during Howl-O-Scream 2015.

A bone-chilling, sinister force descends on Busch Gardens® Tampa for 19 select nights this fall during Tampa’s premier Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream® 2015. This year, Busch Gardens joins forces with award-winning horror filmmaker extraordinaire, Robin Cowie, producer of the Blair Witch Project, to unearth an unimaginable evil.

DATES:

Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2015 on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26.  The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 1 – 31, and select Sunday nights, Oct. 18 and 25. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2015. This year, 4-Pack Ticket Deals start at $35 per person, plus tax. Reduced advance-purchase rates are available online, and special offers are available for Busch Gardens Pass Members.

MORE INFO:

Stay tuned to HowlOScream.com for the latest terrifying details or call 1-888-800-5447 for guest information. Howl-O-Scream 2015 is a separate-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed.

Join the conversation by using #EvilUnearthed and follow Howl-O-Scream on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to learn about promotions and insider information first.

Florida’s First Responders Receive Free Admission to Busch Gardens and SeaWorld

Busch Gardens® Tampa and SeaWorld® Orlando are honoring Florida first responders through September. From Sept. 1-30, first responders will receive free admission to both Florida parks, and a special offer for additional tickets.

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In addition to complimentary admission, qualified first responders receive up to four discounted tickets per park for friends and family for just $50 per ticket, a savings of 48 percent off general admission.

“This special offer is our way to show our support and appreciation for the commitment and dedication of Florida’s first responders,” said Jim Dean, Busch Gardens Tampa park president.

“Our hope is that these courageous people and their families will visit our parks, share time with one another and create memories that last a lifetime,” said Donnie Mills, SeaWorld Orlando park president.

Qualifying first responders include:

·         All Florida fire rescue first responders

·         Florida emergency medical services employees (EMT/EMS/not hospital employees)

·         All Florida police and sheriff offices

·         Florida Highway Patrol

·         Florida Department of Corrections

·         Florida Department of Law Enforcement

·         Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission field officers

·         Florida Forest Service Forest Rangers

·         Florida Park Service law enforcement

·         Department of Homeland Security law enforcement agents

·         Florida Department of Environmental Protection law enforcement

Qualifying first responders should visit buschgardenstampa.com or seaworldorlando.com for more information and to register, using the ID.me verification system. Tickets must be used by Sept. 30, 2015. Restrictions apply.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ also has a tribute program called Waves of Honor™.  Created in 2001, the Waves of Honor® military solute program provides free admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® parks, and Sesame Place® for active members of U.S. armed forces and as many as three direct dependents per service member.