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Universal Orlando has announced that its Mardi Gras 2010 events will kick off on February 6 with the first in a series of big-name music concerts.

The Mardi Gras celebrations at the resort will run every Saturday night until April 17, and include performances from 13 major acts including Akon, the Beach Boys, Sheryl Crow, KC and the Sunshine Band and Aretha Franklin. The concerts will take place on Universal Studios' main stage, close to the entrance of the music-themed Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit rollercoaster.

In addition to the concerts, Universal will also showcase bands directly from New Orleans in its replica of the city's famous French Quarter. Authentic Cajun cuisine, costumed characters and street performers will add to the atmosphere of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations outside of New Orleans itself.

In addition to the Saturday events, additional events will take place on Sunday, February 14 and Friday, April 9. Entrance to the concerts included with the standard entry fee for Universal Studios - which Universal updated yesterday.

A full list of performers at the event can be found below:

Main stage:

  • Saturday, February 6 - KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Saturday, February 13 - Heart
  • Sunday, February 14 - Kool & the Gang
  • Saturday, February 20 - Blondie
  • Saturday, February 27 - Dierks Bentley
  • Saturday, March 6 - Akon
  • Saturday, March 13 - Aretha Franklin
  • Saturday, March 20 - Miranda Lambert
  • Saturday, March 27 - 3 Doors Down
  • Saturday, April 3 - Beach Boys
  • Friday, April 9 - Sheryl Crow
  • Saturday, April 10 - Flo Rida
  • Saturday, April 17 - Chicago

French Quarter:

  • Saturday, February 6 - Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band
  • Saturday, February 13 - Lil Malcolm & the House Rockers
  • Sunday, February 14 - Lil Malcolm & the House Rockers
  • Saturday, February 20 - Mem Shannon & the Membership
  • Saturday, February 27 - Chris Klein & The Boulevards
  • Saturday, March 6 - Honey Island Swamp Band
  • Saturday, March 13 - Big Red & The Zydeco Playmakers
  • Saturday, March 20 - Rockin’ Jake
  • Saturday, March 27 - Soul Project
  • Saturday, April 3 - JJ Callier & the Zydeco Knockouts
  • Friday, April 9 - Lil’ Brian & the Zydeco Travelers
  • Saturday, April 10 - Lil’ Brian & the Zydeco Travelers
  • Saturday, April 17 - Daddy Mac Blues Band
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