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Universal's concert line-up for Mardi Gras

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With a combined total of more than 300 million records sold and a dozen Grammy Awards, this year’s Mardi Gras line-up at Universal Studios features 13 of the most popular names in pop, rock, R&B, country, hip-hop and more.

Guests will experience a Mardi Gras concert series with performances by Billboard Chart-topper Ne-Yo, “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, country music-duo Montgomery Gentry and Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly. Other headliners include the hit artists behind classics such as “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Too Legit to Quit,” and “Y.M.C.A.” – Pat Benatar, MC Hammer and The Village People, respectively.

In addition, New Orleans bands will showcase their authentic bayou music in the “French Quarter,” a replica of New Orleans’ famed district.

“This year’s Mardi Gras will be our best party ever,” said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. “We’ve got the best music line-up in the history of the event, along with a non-stop celebration filled with an amazing parade, floats, food and all of the beads you can catch.”

The event kicks off on Feb. 7 and runs every Saturday night through April 18, with additional dates on Sunday Feb. 15 and Friday, March 27. Guests will be able to enjoy hundreds of costumed characters, tons of souvenir beads, Cajun cuisine and a parade featuring floats designed by Blaine Kern Artists, who designs floats for the New Orleans parade.

This year’s parade theme is “Stories,” giving guests a glimpse into the world of literature. Themed floats featuring iconic characters and settings from the pages of the most popular and beloved books featuring genres such as mystery, romance and horror will cruise the streets of Universal Studios throughout the event.

Line-Up of headliners and New Orleans bands:
Saturday, Feb. 7
KC and the Sunshine Band
Big Red and the Zydeco Playmakers

Saturday, Feb. 14
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Lil Malcolm and the House Rockers

Sunday, Feb. 15
The Village People
Lil Malcolm and the House Rockers

Saturday, Feb. 21
Ne-Yo
Daddy Mac Blues Band

Saturday, Feb. 28
Pat Benatar (featuring Neil Giraldo on guitar)
Chris Klein and the Boulevards

Saturday, March 7
Barenaked Ladies
Rockin Jake

Saturday, March 14
Montgomery Gentry
Mem Shannon and The Membership

Saturday, March 21
Collective Soul
The Honey Islands Swamp Band

Friday, March 27
Boys Like Girls
Jumpin Johnny Sansone

Saturday, March 28
Kelly Clarkson
Jumpin Johnny Sansone

Saturday, April 4
MC Hammer
Soul Project

Saturday, April 11
Trace Adkins
Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers

Saturday, April 18
Nelly
Lil Brian and the Zydeco Travelers

Mardi Gras is included in park admission to Universal Studios. Florida residents can take advantage of offers for discount tickets through specially-marked Coca-Cola and Wendy’s products.

Click Here to visit last year’s Mardi Gras Photo Gallery.

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