Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens announce festival concert line-ups

January 12, 2017, 10:30 AM · Universal Orlando this morning revealed the concert line-up for its annual Mardi Gras festival. The resort previously announced that this year's Mardi Gras would run for 50 consecutive days, from Feb. 4 through March 25, rather than keeping with the on-one-day, off-on-others schedule it had followed in the past.

Even though the food and parade will run for all 50 days, headliner concerts will feature on 12 of the nights. Here's the line-up:

February 4: Trace Adkins
February 11: Ne-Yo
February 18: Collective Soul
February 19: X Ambassadors
February 25: Fifth Harmony
March 4: Kool & the Gang
March 5: Olivia Newton-John
March 11: UB40
March 12: Toby Keith
March 18: Jason Derulo
March 19: Earth, Wind & Fire
March 25: The All-American Rejects

Concerts are included with park admission to Universal Studios Florida, though some annual passholders will be blocked out from USF admission on concert dates. In addition, Universal is expanding the Mardi Gras Parade this year, adding six floats. The event also included Cajun food stands and other live bands performing in park's temporary French Quarter Courtyard.

Looking for more live music from headline acts in Central Florida this spring? Busch Gardens Tampa today also announced the concert line-up for its Food & Wine Festival, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from March 4 through April 30:

March 4: Daughtry
March 5: Andy Grammer
March 11: Goo Goo Dolls
March 12: Kool & The Gang
March 18: Young the Giant
March 19: Jason Isbell & John Hiatt Trio
March 25: The Voice finalists Craig Wayne Boyd & Adam Wakefield
March 26: El Gran Combo
April 1: DNCE
April 2: Walk Off The Earth
April 8: (To be announced)
April 9: Daya and Matt Nathanson
April 15: (To be announced)
April 16: Newsboys
April 22: Gilberto Santa Rosa
April 23: Lynyrd Skynyrd
April 29: (To be announced)
April 30: (To be announced)

In addition to the 7 pm concerts on Gwazi Field, the Busch Gardens event will include speciality food stands offering selections from duck tacos and brown sugar rubbed pork belly to gator bites and cabernet-filled chocolates, as well as wines, craft beer, and cocktails.

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January 12, 2017 at 11:40 PM · I don't fancy any of them myself, but that's quite an eclectic mix of musicians. I wasn't sure Lynyrd Skynyrd were still going!

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