Just minutes before taking the stage at Busch Gardensâ€™ Bands, Brew & BBQ festival on Sunday, Feb. 19, former Poison frontman and reality TV star Bret Michaels met the most popular â€“ and hairiest â€“ of Busch Gardensâ€™ Animal Ambassadors team, Harry the sloth.
Thanks to its thick, shaggy hair, the sloth has an unusual, symbiotic relationship with algae, which grows on its coat and aids in camouflaging the sloth as it hangs from tree branches.
The Busch Gardensâ€™ zoo educators also brought a young southern ground hornbill named Tufts and a Burmese python to meet Michaels and his band backstage.
Michaelsâ€™ 2010 album, Custom Built, rose to the top of Billboardâ€™s Hard Rock list at #1 and his current â€śGet Your Rock Onâ€ť tour is selling out venues across the country.Â He also took the reality television world by storm in the past few years on VH1â€™s â€śRock of Love,â€ť the 2010 docu-series â€śBret Michaels: Life As I Know Itâ€ť and as the winning contestant on the third season of Donald Trumpâ€™s NBC hit, â€śCelebrity Apprentice.â€ť
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay combines world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and one of North Americaâ€™s largest zoos in an unforgettable adventure for the whole family. This year, the parkâ€™s smokinâ€™ hot Bands, Brew & BBQ festival fills every weekend, February 11 â€“ March 4, with unlimited sampling of more than 80 specialty and craft beers, saucy barbeque from some of the bay areaâ€™s most popular restaurants and live concerts with the biggest names in classic rock, including 38 Special on Feb. 26 and REO Speedwagon on March 4.
Bands, Brew & BBQ offers weekends full of smokinâ€™ hot fun now through March 4 â€“ now on Saturdays AND Sundays! Outback Steakhouse is bringing some of their menu favorites.Â What’s cooking?
Baby Back Ribs
Each succulent rack is smoked, wood-fire grilled and brushed with a tangy BBQ sauce.
Grilled Chicken on the Barbie
Seasoned, wood-fire grilled chicken breast with Outback’s signature BBQ sauce
AlsoÂ being served this year: the Outback Burger and Outback’s signature Mac n’ Cheese.
New this year, you have two days to sample dozens of craft and international beers and fire up your taste buds with food from your favorite local restaurants as well as our own famous, blazing barbecue.
Every Sunday, enjoy sizzling live performances from award-winning country and classic rock artists like Bret Michaels, 38 Special and REO Speedwagon.