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Two more acts added to Sea World festival

Sea World has announced two more acts for its Bands, Brew & BBQ festival this weekend, adding to the list of performers who are defying an unofficial boycott of the park over allegations made by a documentary.

Saturday, Sister Hazel, best known for its 1997 hit “All For You,” will appear. Sunday, blue-collar comedian Larry the Cable Guy will perform.

SeaWorld hasn’t had much time to replace the lineup for the seven-weekend concert and food festival since performers, including Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Heart, 38 Special and Barenaked Ladies, canceled their appearances at the park over the documentary “Blackfish.”

Busch Gardens, which is operated by the same parent company as SeaWorld, later saw Pat Benatar and the Beach Boys cancel their performances at the Tampa theme park’s one-weekend version of Bands Brew & BBQ.

Acts that appeared earlier during the Bands, Brew & BBQ event include R&B singer Jason Derulo,, southern rock band Dickey Betts and the Marshall Tucker Band, country singer Gretchen Wilson and comedian Bill Engvall.

The cancellations came in late 2013 after fans launched campaigns on Change.org citing the film, which explores what may have caused an orca to kill SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau.

The concerts are included with regular admission to the parks. Outside restaurants will provide barbecue for sale and the park will offer a wide selection of craft beer during the shows.

Bands Brew and BBQ is scheduled to continue weekends through March 8 at SeaWorld.

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