Eat to the Beat Concert: Howard Jones

On October 22nd I got to see someone that I haven’t seen for 27 years, someone who brought back fond memories and total nostalgia. I, once again, got to see Howard Jones in concert! Now, I’m sure some of you are probably saying “Who? I’ve never heard of him!” (Dave included), but if you were an “alternative” music child of the 80’s, when synthesizers and drum machines were the instruments of choice, then you know exactly who I am talking about.

Back in 1984 Howard Jones was a one man show, just him and a circular, revolving stage with all his keyboards, drum pads, etc. For this show, part of the Eat to the Beat concert series during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, he was joined by two other gentlemen, one on a keyboard, one with a drum kit. Howard Jones was front and center though, with his own keyboards and still the solo singer.

Howard Jones with his synthesizers at the 2011 Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Series at Walt Disney World

Howard Jones with his synthesizers at the 2011 Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Series at Walt Disney World

Howard Jones' drummer with his electronic drum kit at the 2011 Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Series at Walt Disney World

Howard Jones’ drummer with his electronic drum kit at the 2011 Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Series at Walt Disney World

Like the rest of us (the audience was mixed, but it was the 40 something women who were truly enjoying themselves) he looked a little older, a little rounder in the face, had a little less hair. But when he sang “No One Is To Blame”, I was that high school student all over again, cranking my Dream Into Action cassette in my ’73 Volkswagen so loud the metal dashboard rattled.

Some of the 40 something women who were truly enjoying themselves...

Some of the 40 something women who were truly enjoying themselves…

Unfortunately I only caught one of his shows that evening. Each show lasts about 30 minutes and he performs different songs for each set, so if you stuck around for all three shows you would enjoy the complete concert experience. Traffic in World Showcase was especially (or maybe typically) congested that Saturday and we just couldn’t get back to the stage to catch any more. I got my fix, though, and it was fantastic. Time has treated Mr. Jones well, his voice is still strong and he’s still a handsome Englishman. Hopefully he will continue to be part of the Eat to the Beat concert lineup in the future, his show was truly a bonus to this Disney trip!

You can view the rest of the photos from this show at our SmugMug Gallery!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2011

Well, it’s almost time for us to visit the happiest place during happiest time of year – Walt Disney World during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If there was one thing we learned from our last trip, it’s that you can’t do it all in a weekend! Last year was our first visit during the Food and Wine Fest and it was also unfortunately the last weekend of the event. We were overwhelmed (but truly what did we expect?) by the masses lined up at the booths. Much to our dismay, we were unable to take full advantage of all the unique and diverse culinary samples that we were so looking forward to.

Last November’s trip was during a free dining period, which was great for use of our snack credits at the booths. We also had the kids with us, it was fun for them to try some new foods, but they weren’t as focused on the Fest as we adults wanted to be. I had planned an entire itinerary of the offerings at the different booths, which was the best use of our snack credits, which dishes were most recommended or sounded the most interesting, the drinks we really wanted to try,etc. etc. Well, none of that really happened. We sampled maybe 4 or 5 different things (the favorite being the Grilled Beef Skewer at Argentina), I did get to try the Prosecco in Italy (it was ok, but I’ll try something else this year) but we didn’t even get the best use of our snack credit with the Lobster Roll (at the Hops and Barley booth) or enjoy the escargot in France (something I knew I wouldn’t have to share with the kids!)

So this year we are going in October, we will have 2 days that are not over a weekend to take full advantage of all the mouth-watering offerings. We hope to even attend one of the Culinary or Wine and Beverage Seminars. And we are going without the kids. We know now what to expect in the crowd level and I’ll condense the itinerary to be a bit more manageable.

Does anyone else have a “plan of attack” for the Food and Wine Fest? We would love to hear other suggestions, still being novices at this event, any planning tips would be greatly appreciated!