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Alan Jackson, Kid Rock to play SeaWorld despite controversy

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Alan Jackson, Kid Rock to play SeaWorld despite controversy

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Jan 31, 2014

Alan Jackson and Kid Rock are set to kick off SeaWorld's "Bands, Brew & BBQ" event this weekend, even as several other artists, including Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood bowed out of the concert series amid controversy over how the Orlando, Fla., theme park treats its orcas.

CNN reports that of the performers originally set to participate in the week-long event, only Justin Moore and Scotty McCreery remain on the list and their reps have yet to respond to the network's request for official comment.

Online petitions and social media posts targeted the acts who had signed on to play at the park, including Cheap Trick, Heart and 38 Special, among others, after CNN's broadcast of "Blackfish," a documentary about the killing of a SeaWorld trainer by an orca in 2010. The film raised questions about the safety and humaneness of keeping killer whales in captivity.

"Bands, Brews & BBQ" is scheduled at SeaWorld Saturdays and Sundays from February 1 through March 9.

Stephen L. Betts

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Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.