Musical Acts for Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras 2013

Universal Orlando Resort recently announced the musical acts for its 2013 Mardi Gras celebration held between February 9 and April 20, 2013.  For 14 nights a diverse lineup of artists will perform live concerts inside the Universal Studios Florida theme park.  Some of the headliner acts include Demi Lovato, Phillip Phillips, and Pitbull.  In addition, before the concerts guests can get into the Mardi Gras spirit with Cajun cuisine, a parade, and tons of beads.  Continue reading for the full lineup and more details in Universal Orlando’s press release.

Update March 7, 2013

This Saturday, March 9th, American country duo Montgomery Gentry performs at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras.  The pair includes vocalists and native Kentuckians Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, and are known for their Southern rock influences.

Montgomery Gentry at Universal Orlando Resort's Mardi Gras 2013

For more photos from Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras opening night, click here, and be sure to watch John Saccheri’s fantastic video (embedded below) of the festivities and Mardi Gras parade.

Original article from January 9, 2013 follows below…

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

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From Universal Orlando Resort’s Press Release

Orlando, FLUniversal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras 2013 is combining a stellar lineup of high-energy performances featuring some of the most sought-after names in music with the exciting spirit of the famed “N’awlins” celebration.

2013 Mardi Gras parade float at Universal Orlando Resort

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On select nights Feb. 9 through April 20, guests will let the good times roll as they experience an authentic, family-friendly version of the Mardi Gras bash at Universal Studios Florida.  The event couples unparalleled theme park entertainment with a dazzling parade, authentic New Orleans musicians, mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, tons of glittering Mardi Gras beads and live concerts by high-profile artists.

Demi Lovato at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

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This year’s talent lineup features an incredible variety of music, ranging from Americana rock to soulful R&B to upbeat pop to Latin rhythms.  Guests can return night after night to hear their favorite performers, including internationally-renowned rapper Pitbull – whose number-one single, “Give Me Everything,” was named “Top Radio Song” in the 2012 Billboard Music Awards; 2012 People’s Choice Award-winner Demi Lovato for “Favorite Pop Artist;” season 11 winner of “American Idol,” Phillip Phillips whose hit song, “Home,” was certified double-platinum; chart-topping country duo Montgomery Gentry, with top hits like “If You Ever Stop Loving Me” and “Back When I Knew It All;” teen heartthrob Austin Mahone; and alternative rock band Matchbox Twenty, whose latest studio album, “North,” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.  For the complete line-up, see below or click here.

Matchbox Twenty at Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras

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Before enjoying the live concerts, guests can dance along with dozens of energetic street performers and collect beads by the handful as the Mardi Gras parade winds through Universal Studios.  This year’s parade celebrates “Colorful Cultures Around the World,” featuring all-new float additions inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, Chinese New Year and Elegance of India.  The parade’s elaborate, hand-crafted floats are built by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that designs floats for the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s very own French Quarter Courtyard.  Partygoers can enjoy the soulful sounds of authentic New Orleans bands that travel straight from The Big Easy to perform Blues, Jazz and Zydeco music.  And the irresistible smells of authentic Cajun cuisine will fill the French Quarter as guests taste an array of delicious New Orleans fare, including jambalaya, gumbo, beignets and more.

The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is included with admission to Universal Studios.

FEB 9   LIFEHOUSE
FEB 16  STEVE MILLER BAND
FEB 17  BOYS LIKE GIRLS
FEB 23  TREY SONGZ
MAR 2  DEMI LOVATO
MAR 9  MONTGOMERY GENTRY
MAR 15  SEAN KINGSTON
MAR 16  MATCHBOX TWENTY
MAR 22  AUSTIN MAHONE
MAR 23  PHILLIP PHILLIPS
MAR 30  PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO
APR 6  KOOL & THE GANG
APR 13  PITBULL
APR 20  THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS

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