Live Music at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando is kicking off the spring season with its annual Mardi Gras festival, a time of fabulous fun and some of today’s most exciting musical acts. This is the party of the year in Orlando, and what would a party be without. Now until April 16, you don’t have to go far to find the greatest music experience right here in Central Florida.

Universal Mardi Gras is a timeless tradition in Orlando, serving up thrills of the famed New Orleans festival right in our backyard with an exciting street party, an outrageous parade, authentic Cajun food, and colorful beads flying through the air. Of course, Mardi Gras wouldn’t be complete without the 14 fantastic concerts heating up the Universal Music Plaza stage.

This year, Mardi Gras at Universal is serving up a not-to-be-missed lineup of performers and musicians sure to make a night of New Orleans cheer an unforgettable experience. From pop icons in the making to classic rock bands of the past decade, Mardi Gras is the perfect event to liven up your weekend and kick off the spring season in high spirits.

On Saturday, March 12, The Fray is bringing their chart-topping American sound to the Mardi Gras stage. With over 4 million albums and 20 million singles sold, The Fray could be considered a great contributor to the soundtrack of the early 2000s. Catch hits like “Over My Head” and “You Found Me” for an evening of light rock and reminiscing.

Who could be more colorful and absolutely perfect to end a night of Mardi Gras celebration than the one and only Adam Lambert? On Sunday, March 13, Lambert is taking the stage with his iconic image and powerhouse vocals. The multi-platinum pop singer has come a long way since his debut on the eighth season of American Idol in 2009, establishing himself as one of the stand-out names in contemporary music. Having performed sold out shows as a solo artist, Lambert has served as lead singer for legendary rock band, Queen.

If you’re in the mood for a throwback, Mardi Gras Universal is bringing 80s band REO Speedwagon and their classic hits to Orlando. On Saturday, March 26, this group is making their way to Mardi Gras to keep the party going all night long. Signed in 1971, REO Speedwagon singlehandedly light the fire for the Midwest rock movement in America, with albums like 1980s’ Hi Infidelity changing the face of music for decades to follow. After a day at the parks or a dinner out, make your way to Mardi Gras and enjoy your evening of sing along to songs like “Take It On the Run.”

For hip-hop lovers, you won’t want to miss Grammy award-winning artist T-Pain’s visit to Mardi Gras Universal. On Saturday, April 2, the rapper and singer is celebrating our version of New Orleans’ favorite festival with his Orlando fans. Known as one of the most influential rap artists of his time, T-Pain has topped chart after chart with singles like “Up Down.” His latest album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, is sure to be featured at the show.

On April 9, one of the most current and creative artists of today, Jessie J, is bringing a fun-filled concert experience to Mardi Gras. After first coming onto the music scene in 2011 with her pop standard, “Price Tag,” the platinum-selling tune that made her a household name, J has never ceased to challenge herself or her style. Recently, J was featured on Fox’s performance of Grease: Live, singing the theme song and sporting shockingly-short blond locks. Never afraid of taking risks, J can be expected to have a show-stopping set.

Latin music lovers won’t want to miss Mardi Gras’ musical guest on Saturday, April 16. Puerto Rican songwriter and performer, Yandel, is heating up Universal’s annual festival with his Spanish rhythms and Latin flair. After 20 years of a successful career as a member of singing duo Wisin & Yandel, the singer has launched a solo career, with which he has made a mark on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart.

Whatever style of music you’re in the mood for, you’ll find the concerts at Mardi Gras Universal to bring out the New Orleans native in you. This spring, take an evening to celebrate the season, grab a beignet, throw on some beads, and dazzle yourself with a night of live music. For more information about Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.