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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

J. Cole and Sugar Ray at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras this weekend

MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ARTISTS J. COLE AND SUGAR RAY TO PERFORM
THIS WEEKEND AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S MARDI GRAS

The Biggest Mardi Gras Celebration Outside the Big Easy Runs Every Saturday & Select Nights Through April 14
 
WHAT:                       The party continues this weekend at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras with a chart-topping double header featuring rap superstar J. Cole and pop rock sensation Sugar Ray.

On Friday, March 16, Grammy-nominated rap artist J. Cole will take center stage with his smooth and unique style which has earned him the reputation of the next game-changing rapper. The first rap artist signed to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation, Cole gained notoriety with the release of his debut album “Cole World: The Sideline Story” featuring the platinum hit, “Work Out.” His album debuted at No.1 on the US Billboard 200, Top R&B Albums and Top Rap Albums charts and earned him the 2011 Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist.

On Saturday, March 17, guests will dance to the pop rock beats of Sugar Ray. The band’s music dominated the 90s with its two platinum certified albums “Floored” and “14:59.” Some of their top hits include “Fly,” which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard’s Top 100 list, “Someday” and “Every Morning.”

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras combines unparalleled theme park entertainment with an elaborate Mardi Gras parade, dozens of colorfully costumed performers, authentic New Orleans bands, delicious Cajun cuisine and live concerts by some of today’s most popular artists. This ultimate street party runs every Saturday and select nights through April 14.

This year’s Mardi Gras celebration features one of Universal Orlando’s most powerful and diverse musical line-ups ever. With a combined total of more than 350 million albums sold, guests are rocking out this spring to some of the biggest names in music during an authentic and family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans street party. For full headliner line-up, see below.

MARDI GRAS 2012 TALENT LINE-UP
Mardi Gras Event Dates
Headliners (Performing in the Music Plaza)
Friday, March 16
J. Cole
Saturday, March 17
Sugar Ray
Friday, March 23
Hot Chelle Rae
Saturday, March 24
B.o.B
Friday, March 30
Plain White T’s
Saturday, March 31
Prince Royce
Saturday, April 7
Cyndi Lauper
Saturday, April 14
KC & The Sunshine Band


Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included in regular admission to Universal Studios Florida. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

WHEN:                      Friday, March 16, 2012 & Saturday, March 17, 2012
                                                                       
WHERE:                    Universal Studios Florida

MARDI GRAS           Friday, March 16, 2012
SCHEDULE:              5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Lil’ Brian and The Zydeco Travelers
8 p.m.: Mardi Gras Parade Starts
8:30 p.m.: J. Cole

Saturday, March 17, 2012
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Lil’ Brian and The Zydeco Travelers
8 p.m.: Mardi Gras Parade Starts
8:30 p.m.: Sugar Ray