Hard Rock Hotel Velvet Sessions June 2015: The Fixx

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Logo Velvet Sessions

The Velvet Sessions are held on the the last Thursday of each month at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, and this themed rock’n’roll cocktail party is your chance to see some of your favorite musicians in an intimate and unique environment.

Held in the lobby of the Resort, guests purchase an all-inclusive ticket gives you a selection of complimentary themed cocktails, tapas, and access to an exclusive rock show with a world-renowned musician.

Each session is themed, and past Velvet Sessions performances have included Joan Jett, The Go-Go’s, and Foreigner.

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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s 2015 Velvet Sessions lobby concert series continues in June with The Fixx, performing hits “One Thing Leads To Another,” “Saved By Zero,” “Are We Ourselves?,” “Red Skies” and more.

Hard Rock Hotel Velvet Sessions June 2015: The Fixx

  • EVENT DATE:

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

  • START TIME:

    6:30 PM Purchase tickets online and receive early entry at 6:00 PM!

  • LOCATION:

    The Velvet Bar & Lobby Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel® Universal Orlando Resort®

  • ADDITIONAL INFO:

    Valet Parking is complimentary

  • TICKETS:

    Tickets are $29 on-line or $35 at the door. Purchase tickets in advance on-line and receive early entry to the show at 6:00 pm.

    To purchase tickets, log onto velvetsessions.com. For tickets and more information, call 407-503-2401 or e-mail vs@loewshotels.com.

    All tickets include FREE specialty drinks, finger foods and valet parking*. VIP tickets also include access to a special viewing area with private bar. Purchase tickets on-line today and receive early entry at 6:00 pm.

  • VIP TICKETS:

    $50 – VIP Tickets include all the benefits of a regular Velvet Sessions ticket, plus access to a special viewing area with private bar. Purchase tickets in advance on-line and receive early entry to the show at 6:00 pm.

To purchase tickets, log onto velvetsessions.com. For tickets and more information, call 407-503-        2401 or e-mail vs@loewshotels.com.

Log onto velvetsessions.com to buy your tickets and to receive monthly updates on who’s playing.

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The Temperance Movement To Open For The Rolling Stones In Orlando

The Temperance Movement Orlando Citrus Bowl Rolling Stones Orlando Florida Concert 2015
Photo: Ed Mills

Special Guest The Temperance Movement To Open For The Rolling Stones In Orlando

 

The Rolling Stones announced that The Temperance Movement will be the special guest artist opening their show in Orlando on Friday, June 12 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.  ZIP CODE, the band’s 15-city North American stadium tour, kicks off in San Diego on May 24, and will also be making stops in Columbus, Minneapolis, Arlington, Atlanta, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Buffalo before wrapping in Quebec on July 15 at Le Festival D’Été de Québec.

For ticketing information please visit www.rollingstones.com.

Featuring front man Phil Campbell on vocals, Nick Fyffe on bass, guitarists Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer, and drummer Damon WilsonThe Temperance Movement are a band united since their formation in 2011. The blues-drenched, soul-dripping UK five-piece have a multitude of live shows behind them, including previous dates with the Rolling Stones in 2014 in Berlin, Vienna, Zurich and Dusseldorf. “Our band formed on a shared agreement that nobody could ever touch the Rolling Stones. ‘Sticky Fingers’ alone contains some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll performances of all time. To open up for them is an honour beyond all of our expectations and to watch them still killing it is just pure black magic,” said the band. For more information on The Temperance Movement, please visit www.TheTemperanceMovement.com.

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The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour will see Mick JaggerKeith RichardsCharlie Watts and Ronnie Wood head back out on the road after their critically-acclaimed 14 ON FIRE tour in Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 2014. The iconic band will treat their generations of fans to special one-night-only shows, with a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as “Gimme Shelter”, “Paint It Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Tumbling Dice” and “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll”, as well as special gems from their extraordinary catalog.

Orlando Citrus Bowl Rolling Stones Orlando Florida Concert 2015 Zip Code Tour
Photo: Brian Rasic

The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE will be the first time the rock legends have played North American stadiums since 2005-2007’s “A Bigger Bang Tour.

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Move Live On Tour with Derek and Julianne Hough

Move Live On Tour
Move Live On Tour

This past weekend I had the opportunity to see the new show, Move Live On Tour, featuring Derek and Julianne Hough of Dancing With The Stars fame. If you are at all a fan of DWTS or Derek or Julianne, I highly recommend catching this show in the next five weeks as they finish up their tour.

I have been a fan of dance my whole life, taking ballet and ballroom lessons when I was younger, and even some basic tap and jazz while at a seven week summer camp. Having watched Dancing With The Stars ever since its sophomore season, I didn’t hesitate for a second when my mom invited me to join her and my grandma to go see Move Live On Tour in Sarasota.

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed I have a slight obsession with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, my favorite pro dancer on DWTS. Derek is a very close second favorite, and in my opinion, the best choreographer the show has seen and one of the best period. Julianne left the show a few seasons ago to pursue a singing and acting career, but has reappeared to perform a few times and she has also shown up as a guest judge recently.

Move Live On Tour was everything I wanted it to be, but I went in without any specific expectations. It was only as I was sitting there in the moment that I would think to myself that I’d love to see a Paso Doble or a Jive or a Quickstep. Again, having been a fan of dance and the Dancing With The Stars show, I quickly recognized the Ballroom and Latin dance elements as they were being performed. Move Live On Tour though was so much more than just a dance exhibition.

The show program describes the tour as follows: “Superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough star in their own all-new dance production, MOVE LIVE ON TOUR, a complete stage production with sets, costumes and a cast of talented dancers, with the Houghs headlining in solo, duet and group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything in between.”

During the show, we were treated to singing from both Derek and Julianne including classics like Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally and Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun. The dance numbers were ranging in numerous styles, using mostly popular music like John Legend’s All Of Me and Happy by Pharrell, and even brought in audience participation and including the performers coming into the aisles during the show.

As much as I love Dancing With The Stars for what it is, it is incredible to see almost two hours chock full of performances just from the professional dancers. In addition to Derek and Julianne, there were about ten other dancers who performed with them in a variety of numbers. The brother and sister duo worked the mic quite a bit to pump up and interact with the audience.

Move Live On Tour was a very humorous show and made me love these very talented dancers even more than I already did. I was even lucky enough to catch Derek mid-show while he was cruising the audience to get a selfie. 🙂 If you enjoy Broadway style music and dance numbers, contemporary dance or more traditional Ballroom or Latin styles, this show is for you.

It was honestly one of the best performances of any kind I’ve ever been to as far as being entertained from start to finish. Check out the video below to get a taste of the type of show you’d be in for if you are lucky enough to catch one of the remaining performances.

Have you seen Move Live On Tour? Are you a fan of Dancing With The Stars or Derek or Julianne individually? Let me know your thoughts below and check out some of my pictures from the show this week.

 

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Cher Lloyd Rocks Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras This Weekend

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras

Celebration Continues

With Cher Lloyd Performing This Weekend

 Chery Lloyd Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration continues this Saturday night with a live performance by multi-platinum British singer-songwriter Cher Lloyd, best known for her for her smash hit “Want U Back.” Lloyd is also getting ready to release her sophomore album “Sorry I’m Late” on May 27. Before the concert, guests can catch colorful beads by the handful during the festive Mardi Gras parade, which features 12 vibrant floats, including three new additions celebrating Jules Verne’s novel, “Around the World in 80 Days.” Guests can also visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Cher Lloyd

Universal Orlando’s “N’awlins”-inspired, family-friendly version of Mardi Gras runs select nights through June 7. The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

 

2014 Mardi Gras Talent Line-Up
Mardi Gras Event Dates Headliners

(performing in the Music Plaza)

May 24 Cher Lloyd
May 31 Huey Lewis and the News
June 7 Robin Thicke

 

Schedule of Events for Saturday, May 24:

  • 4:00 p.m. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
  • 8:15 p.m. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
  • 9:00 p.m. – Live Concert Begins

 

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Robin Thicke Rescheduled To Perform At Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration

Robin Thicke set to perform on June 7, 2014

as part of Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration

After a cancellation due to illness earlier this year, Robin Thicke has rescheduled his Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration concert for June 7, 2014! It is really great to see him coming back to Orlando, because his concert was highly anticipated by so many! And selfishly, I am excited to see the spirit of the Big Easy extend into June!

For full details about the upcoming concert, please check out the information from the Universal Orlando Resort below!

The excitement of Mardi Gras now continues through June 7 at Universal Orlando Resort, with a live performance by GRAMMY nominated musician Robin Thicke (performance rescheduled from Feb. 22). The summer of 2013 marked the debut of Thicke’s highly anticipated new studio album, Blurred Lines. The release quickly took the music world by storm and landed at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 while, “Blurred Lines,” the single, set records around the world. It went to No. 1 in more than 100 countries and had a record-setting 12-week reign in the US at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Robin continues to receive accolades for the album and single, including three GRAMMY Award nominations and four NAACP Image Award nominations.

                                                                                          

Along with the live concert, guests can experience the spirit of the legendary Bayou bash during the dazzling Mardi Gras parade, featuring 12 vibrant floats, including three new additions celebrating Jules Verne’s novel, “Around the World in 80 Days.” Guests can also visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy delectable Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

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

 

2014 Mardi Gras Talent Line-Up

Mardi Gras Event Dates

Headliners

(performing in the Music Plaza)

March 14 Cody Simpson
March 15 Foreigner
March 21 A Great Big World
March 22 Gavin DeGraw
March 28 Kelly Rowland
March 29 Weezer
April 5 Skillet
April 12 Lynyrd Skynyrd
April 19 Kool & the Gang
May 3 Nelly
May 10 The Wanted
May 17 The Roots
May 24 Cher Lloyd
May 31 Huey Lewis and the News
June 7 Robin Thicke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Thicke – Saturday, June 7, 2014

                        4:00 p.m. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens

8:15 p.m. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts

9:00 p.m. – Concert Begins

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Tori Amos Tour Coming To The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

 Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

Tori Amos ‘Unrepentant Geraldines’ Worldwide Tour To Play Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

Tickets on Sale – March 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

Tori Amos is set to release her brand new studio album, “Unrepentant Geraldines,” May 13 in the U.S. on Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics. “Unrepentant Geraldines” is pop/rock in both content and feel and is a change in pace from Amos’ most recent releases. The album is both one step further in the evolution of one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, and a resurgence to the inspiring and personal music that Amos is known for all around the world. Amos’ worldwide tour kicks off this May and performs at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on August 23. Tickets go on sale March 7 at 10 a.m.

WHO: TORI AMOS | UNREPENTANT GERALDINES WORLDWIDE TOUR

WHEN: SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014 | 8 P.M.

WHERE: BOB CARR PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE | ORLANDO, FLORIDA 

ON SALE: FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014 | 10 A.M.

“Unrepentant Geraldines” is Amos’ 14th studio recording, and the revival of her core identity as a creator of contemporary songs, following a series of more classically-inspired and innovative musical projects of the last four years. These have included the seasonal collection “Midwinter Graces,” the classically influenced “Night of Hunters,” and “Gold Dust,” a collection of orchestral re-workings of songs spanning her career. Released in October 2012, “Gold Dust” included “Flavor,” which was remixed by the late DJ Peter Rauhofer and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Club Dance Chart in February 2013.

Amos recently launched her most ambitious project to date as a composer, along with book writer Samuel Adamson, with the musical The Light Princes, which premiered at London’s National Theatre in fall of 2013.

 Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
Photo Credit: Amarpaul Kalirai

Amos has sold over 12 million albums, has played over a thousand shows and has won numerous awards. Since the release of her debut album “Little Earthquakes” in 1992 where she pushed boundaries with her confessional style of songwriting, Amos continues to be adored, picking up new fans along the way, romanced by her messages of empowerment, tenderness, acerbic assertiveness, and of course her utterly peerless sound.

A pioneer across multiple platforms, Amos was the first major label artist to offer a single for download. She has had her songs turned into graphic novels and has produced groundbreaking videos throughout her career. Amos is also a noted humanitarian and co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.

TICKETS: $37.50, $47.50 & $67.50. All seats reserved. Tickets are available through OrlandoVenues.net, Chase® Box Office at the Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 and at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges. For box office and ticket information call 407.440.7900.

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ABOUT ORLANDO VENUES
Since 1989, Orlando Venues has served as Central Florida’s epicenter of sports and live entertainment. Orlando Venues includes the Amway Center, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Florida Citrus Bowl, Tinker Field, Harry P. Leu Gardens and Mennello Museum of American Art. Orlando Venues’ mission is to present the Central Florida community with an extensive collection of live sports and entertainment and deliver a standard which results in the ultimate experience for our visitors. Amway Center is home to the NBA’s 2009 Eastern Conference Champions, the Orlando Magic and the East Coast Hockey League’s Orlando Solar Bears. The Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre is the principal theatre for Fairwinds Broadway Across America-Orlando, Orlando Ballet and the Orlando Philharmonic. Annually, the Florida Citrus Bowl hosts the historic Florida Classic and two of the NCAA’s premier bowl games – the Russell Athletic Bowl and Capital One Bowl. Tinker Field, built in 1914, is on the US National Register of Historic Places and is a recurrent venue for outdoor music festivals. Harry P. Leu Gardens features 50 acres of lush landscapes and has one of America’s largest collections of camellias. The Mennello Museum of American Art enriches the community with special exhibitions and showcases a permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program which includes the City Hall Gallery and Mayor’s Gallery.

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Full Sail Hall of Fame Music Festival

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Full Sail University Adds Music Festival to 5th Annual Hall of Fame 

Celebration Schedule – February 19-21, 2014

Full Sail University is proud to announce the addition of a three-day music festival to the 5th Annual Hall of Fame celebration featuring nationally and locally recognized bands and artists performing live on Full Sail’s campus. The Hall of Fame music festival will also include gaming exhibits, film screenings, food trucks and more.

This year’s Hall of Fame Music Festival, sponsored by WWE®, will feature performances by: Bear Toe, Beebs and Her Money Makers, Courrier, Jeremy Ellis, The Pauses, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, and many more. Admission to the music festival is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 12pm daily and performances held on the university’s Hollywood-style backlot from 3pm to 9pm. Full Sail’s Hall of Fame Week is sponsored by Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America, with supporting sponsors WWE, Adobe Systems, Inc., Avid, CDW-G, Cisco, Hewlett Packard Co., Murphy Lighting Systems, and Sennheiser.

During Hall of Fame week, guest lectures and panel discussions will take place featuring new and past Hall of Fame inductees and industry leaders from notable companies including, but not limited to, ESPN, Sony, and WWE. Select events within the week will be streamed live to the university’s online students and the public.

Full Sail Hall of Fame

Kicking off the Hall of Fame week celebration on February 18, Full Sail is proud to host the world premiere of Orlando Rising, a documentary film dedicated to the growth and economic impact of the Orlando digital industry. On February 21, the highlight of the multi-day celebration will be the induction ceremony of the latest Full Sail University Hall of Fame induction class comprised of six Full Sail graduates.

“As we embark on our 5th annual Hall of Fame celebration week, and the 35th anniversary of our university, we are filled with an astounding sense of pride surrounding our remarkable university community,” said Full Sail University President, Garry Jones.

Additional information regarding events, music festival performance schedule, and special guests will be announced as Hall of Fame Week approaches. Please visit the mobile-optimized site http://halloffame.fullsail.edu for more details, Like Full Sail University on Facebook and follow @FullSail to join the #FullSailHOF conversation on Twitter.

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Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. Recently, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike VGX Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.

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Universal Orlando Resort – 2014 Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Resort Unveils 2014 Mardi Gras Celebration Details and Line-Up

Universal Orlando Resort

This Year’s Mardi Gras Celebration Delivers More Excitement Than Ever Before With an Extended Concert Series Featuring Robin Thicke, Nelly, The Wanted and More

First things first, I absolutely adore Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort!!! It is by far one of my favorite things to attend in Orlando!!!

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Last year, Beth and I had a blast at Mardi Gras!

On select nights February 8 through May 31, the Universal Orlando Resort comes alive with a Mardi Gras celebration featuring 20 nights of AMAZING concerts from popular stars and New Orleans bands, great food that takes you to the heart of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, a parade full of fun floats and bead throwing, and a party atmosphere that is fun for the whole family! It is also one of my husband and  date night!

The best part??? All of these are included in your admission to Universal Studios Florida!!!

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There are so many great things to experience at Universal Studios Mardi Gras, but the concerts this year are AMAZING!!!!

This year’s powerhouse musical lineup features a diverse array of talent, from R&B superstar Robin Thicke, whose hit single “Blurred Lines” topped the Billboard chart for a near-record 12 weeks, to UK pop sensation The Wanted, who has sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide, to Latin idol Prince Royce, who reached number one on the U.S. Hot Latin Songs chart with “Corazón Sin Cara.” Also performing is rock band Daughtry, Grammy award-winning Hip Hop artist Nelly, and the classic rock group Foreigner, one of the best-selling bands of all time.

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2013 Mardi Gras Concert – Lifehouse

2014 Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Talent Line-Up

Mardi Gras Event Dates

Headliners

(performing in the Music Plaza)

New Orleans Bands

(performing in the French Quarter)

February 8 Daughtry Remedy Krewe
February 15 Barenaked Ladies Soul Project
February 16 Thomas Rhett Soul Project
February 22 Robin Thicke Rockin Jake
March 1 Collective Soul Big Al and The Heavyweights
March 8 Prince Royce Daddy Mac Blues Band
March 14 Cody Simpson Mississippi Rail Company
March 15 Foreigner Mississippi Rail Company
March 21 TBD The Big Easy Playboys
March 22 Gavin DeGraw The Big Easy Playboys
March 28 TBD Dirty Bourbon River Show
March 29 TBD Dirty Bourbon River Show
April 5 Skillet John Lisi and Delt Funk
April 12 Lynyrd Skynyrd Beth McKee & The Sliders
April 19 Kool & the Gang Gravy
May 3 Nelly Chris O’Leary
May 10 The Wanted T Bird & The Breaks
May 17 TBD Grady Champion
May 24 TBD Cha Wa
May 31 TBD Naughty Professor

 

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Mardi Gras 2013 Parade

Guests can also catch colorful beads by the handful during this year’s parade, which will feature 12 vibrant floats, including three new additions celebrating Jules Verne’s novel, “Around the World in Eighty Days.” All of the exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has been hand-crafting floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947.

In addition to all that, at Universal Studios Mardi Gras you can visit a vibrant French Quarter Courtyard for delicious and authentic Cajun cuisine, street performers, and bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street performing.

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We spent a lot of time in the French Quarter area during Mardi Gras for great food and cocktails!

And when you are ready, you can keep the Mardi Gras party going at Universal CityWalk at their great bars and entertainment venues!!!

Florida residents have some pretty amazing special offer that they can take advantage of during Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort!

In addition to amazing deals on theme park Annual Passes, there are great deals on the three on-site hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and a fourth on-site hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, opening March 31, 2014.

2014 Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras Florida Resident Offers

Up to 3 months FREE on any Annual Pass For a limited time, get up to 3 months free on any Annual Pass:

  • Power Pass – $174.99 (plus tax)
  • Preferred Pass – $244.99 (plus tax)
  • Premier Pass – $369.99 (plus tax)
  • Offer is also available on FlexPay, Universal Orlando’s monthly payment option
  • Must be purchased and activated by April 30, 2014 with a Coca-Cola UPC code or promo code on specially-marked cups at participating Wendy’s.
  • Visit UniversalOrlando.com for full details and to learn about the benefits of each annual pass
Florida Resident Getaway
  • 2-night accommodations at a nearby Universal Partner Hotel
  • Florida Resident 2-day base ticket to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens
  • Complimentary scheduled transportation between hotel and Universal Orlando Resort
  • And more!
  • Starts at only $105 per adult, per night, tax inclusive
  • Upgrade to one of three deluxe on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort and stay in the heart of the party!  Plus, receive complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks (a FREE benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day)

 

Guests can also take advantage of this current special offer:

SAVE & Play Vacation Package

SAVE up to $500* with an On-Site Vacation Package
  • Deluxe On-site Hotel Accommodations at one of three AAA Four Diamond Award on-site hotels
  • Theme Park Admission
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens
  • Complimentary on-site transportation via water taxi or shuttle bus to both theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Receive complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks (a FREE benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day)
  • Book by March 31 and use promotion code UNIPLAY at time of purchase to save!
  • Valid for travel January 1 – May 22, 2014

* Restrictions may apply. Visit http://www.universalorlando.com for additional vacation package details.

I know that I will be at Mardi Gras several nights, and I hope to see you there!!!

For more information about Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

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About Universal Orlando Resort
Vacation like you mean it at Universal Orlando Resort – where every heart-pounding, jaw-dropping, goose-bumping second counts.  With two incredible theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex, Universal Orlando is the only place where you can turn spending time with your family into spending timeas a family.  Together, you can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, become a Minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, and join Optimus Prime in the fight to save mankind on the new mega-attraction, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D.
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Rock The Universe At Universal Orlando Resort Details

Universal Orlando Resort’s Rock The Universe Returns This September

With Two Days Of Powerful Christian Rock Performances 

Rock the Universe

 Tickets are On Sale Now for the Biggest Christian Music Festival in Florida, Featuring Concerts by Switchfoot, Casting Crowns, Lecrae and More

 

On September 6 and 7, guests at Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe 2013 will enjoy a faith-filled weekend featuring performances by 18 of Christian Rock’s most popular bands – such as Lecrae, Switchfoot, and Casting Crowns, inspiring guest speakers, access to unparalleled theme park entertainment and more.

 Rock the Universe

There are a variety of ticket options available for Rock the Universe 2013. The best way to experience the event is with the “Rock Your Weekend” ticket, which includes admission to both nights of Rock the Universe and three days admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This ticket is available for purchase online through Aug. 30, 2013 and will not be available at the park entrance. See below for all ticket options.

 

ROCK  THE UNIVERSE 2013 OFFERS

 (prices do not include tax)

BEST OFFER“Rock Your Weekend” Ticket Must Be Purchased On or BeforeAug. 30

  • Groups of 10 or more:$103.99 per person
  • Individuals:  $108.99 per person
  • Three days park-to-park admission to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure
    Sept. 6 -8
  • Admission to both nights of Rock the Universe 2013
  • Access to Sunday Morning Worship services
Rock the Universe 2013 Two-Night Ticket Advance Pricing

  • Groups of 10 or more: $74.99 per person
  • Individuals:  $79.99 per person

Day-of$88.99 per person

  • Admission to Rock the Universe 2013 onboth Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7
Rock the Universe 2013 One-Night Ticket Advance Pricing

  • Groups of 10 or more: $49.99 per person
  • Individuals: $54.99 per person

Day-of:  $62.99 per person

  • Admission to Rock the Universe 2013 oneither Friday, Sept. 6 or Saturday, Sept. 7

 

Rock the Universe 2013’s lineup features some of the biggest names in Christian music, including Lecrae – who won Best Gospel Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards; three-time Grammy award-winning group Casting Crowns; Grammy nominated artist and winner of 20 Dove AwardsChris Tomlin; and rock band Switchfoot, who has sold millions of albums worldwide. The full line-up is below.

ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2013 LINE-UP

Friday, September 6

Saturday, September 7

Switchfoot Casting Crowns
Chris Tomlin Jesus Culture
Crowder Lecrae
Tenth Avenue North Relient K
Family Force 5 Red
Colton Dixon Everfound
Kyle Sherman Crave
Dara McClean Dara McClean
OBB OBB
Love & The Outcome Love & The Outcome
Alma Vertical Alma Vertical

** Names in bold indicate headlining acts.

 

Rock the Universe 2013 guests will also enjoy the wildly popular Coca-Cola fan zone – where they can experience live music by additional artists, autograph sessions with the bands, karaoke and more – and access to Universal Orlando’s thrilling theme park rides, including the new blockbuster mega-attraction, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D.

 

For more details about Rock the Universe 2013, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

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Epcot’s Eat To The Beat Concert Series Line-Up

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With this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival right around the corner, September 27 – November 11, it’s time to look at the line up for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series!

I am really excited about the new acts that will be joining this year’s lineup! The new bands include the Go-Go’s, Edwin McCain, The Manhattan Transfer, Wilson Phillips, Spin Doctors and Christopher Cross. And I am even more happy to see that so many of my favorites like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sugar Ray, and Boyz II Men are returning!!!

Eat to the Beat

Here is the full Eat to the Beat Concert schedule:

  • Sept. 27-29 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Go-Go’s
  • Oct. 2-4 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 5-6 – Sister Hazel
  • Oct. 7-9 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 10-11 – Edwin McCain
  • Oct. 12-13 – Manhattan Transfer
  • Oct. 14-15 – Wilson Phillips
  • Oct. 16-17 – The Pointer Sisters
  • Oct. 18-20 – Night Ranger
  • Oct. 21-23 – Boyz II Men
  • Oct. 24-25 – Survivor
  • Oct. 26-27 – 38 Special
  • Oct. 28-30 – Smash Mouth
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1 – Spin Doctors
  • Nov. 2-3 – Christopher Cross
  • Nov. 4-5 – Hanson
  • Nov. 6-8 – Dennis DeYoung
  • Nov. 9-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series is free with admission to Epcot, and takes place in the American Gardens Theater in World Showcase nightly at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm. The concerts are about 30 minutes long, but you will want to be prepared to line up extra early if it is one of your favorite bands!!!

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Matisyahu At Hard Rock Live Orlando

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This year Matisyahu returns to Orlando, and will be performing on September 17 at the Hard Rock Live Orlando.

Matisyahu puts on an amazing show that is perfect for teenagers, young adults, and all Matisyahu fans. The performance features a full band and highlights songs from Matisyahu’s new record Spark Seeker as well as some fan favorite songs like “One Day”, “King Without a Crown”, “Sunshine”, and “Jerusalem”.

The Hard Rock Live Orlando is located at Universal CityWalk, and is a really great place to see a concert and I love Matisyahu!!!

Tickets are still available, so what are you waiting for???

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Justin Timberlake Brings The 20/20 Experience To Orlando!

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WHAT:          Justin Timberlake | The 20/20 Experience World Tour

                        

WHEN:          Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 8 pm

 

WHERE:        Amway Center | Orlando, Florida

 

ON SALE:     MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013 | 10 A.M.

 

Justin Timberlake

One of this generation’s most celebrated entertainers, Justin Timberlake, announced he will kick off The 20/20 Experience World Tour starting on October 31.  After dominating the global charts with the release of his acclaimed new album, “The 20/20 Experience,” Timberlake will bring his electrifying live

shows to fans with a worldwide tour that will run through 2014.  The Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winning artist’s first tour in six years will visit dozens of countries throughout North America, Europe, South America and Australia.  The 20/20 Experience World Tour is promoted worldwide by Live Nation Global Touring.  Timberlake also revealed today the musical journey started on his album “The 20/20 Experience” will continue with the worldwide release of a new album on September 30.  Timberlake brings his world tour to the Amway Center on December 19.  Tickets go on sale May 13 at 10 a.m.

The 20/20 Experience World Tour will kick off in North America starting on October 31. On sale dates for this tour will be staggered with tickets for several shows going on sale starting on May 13 at 10 a.m. local time. Timberlake’s all-new fan club, The Tennessee Kids (#TNKids), will have access to a pre-sale starting on May 7 at 10 a.m. local time.  Fans should visitwww.justintimberlake.com/tennesseekids to register for the fan club and receive a special code to access the pre-sale.  A pre-sale for MasterCard cardholders will begin on May 8 at 10 a.m. local time.  Cardholders will also have access to exclusive after shows in select markets as a part of the MasterCard Priceless Cities program.  Fans should visitwww.priceless.com/justintimberlake for more information.

“The 20/20 Experience,” already hailed by critics as one of the year’s best albums, will continue with a second worldwide release this year on September 30.  Written and produced byTimberlake, the epic album will feature 10 all new songs that explore the sonic boundaries fans discovered with the music found on this year’s earlier release.

TICKETS:  $45, $90 & $175.  Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase® Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

 

ABOUT AMWAY CENTER

The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows.  Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. At 875,000 square feet, the new arena is almost triple the size of the old Amway Arena (367,000 square feet). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, featuring 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building.  Awarded 2012 Sports Facility of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal. For more information about the Amway Center, visit www.amwaycenter.com.

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Michael Bublé Coming to the Amway Center October 30, 2013

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Amway Center News: Michael Bublé Coming October 30, 2013

Michael Bublé 

Michael Bublé’s “To Be Loved” CD just debuted at the number one spot on Billboard Magazine’s  Top 200 Pop Charts.  Next for the Canadian superstar is a 40-city U.S. concert tour beginning on September 7.  Bublé officially announced the tour during his appearance on “The Ellen Show” today and the dates were confirmed by Don Fox of Beaver Productions, the national tour promoter.  Bublé performs at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on October 30.  More information regarding the on sale date is coming soon.

“I’m very excited to get back on the road and perform for my fans.  It’s been awhile but we’re rested up and ready to have a big party on stage every night,” commented Bublé.

Bublé has already sold out l0 nights at the 02 Arena in London beginning June 30 and five nights at the 02 Arena in Dublin beginning July 15.  His previous Crazy Love Tour sold out in 80 U.S. cities and was seen by over two million fans worldwide. “To Be Loved” is Bublé’s fourth consecutive number one album.  In conjunction with the release, he co-hosted “The Today Show” and appeared on “Kelly & Michael,” “The Ellen Show,” “Nightline,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “Chelsea Lately” show and a surprise appearance in a New York subway station which immediately went viral.  The multi-Grammy®-winning artist has had global sales of 45 million albums sold in the course of his extraordinary decade long career.  Bublé’s last CD, the multi-platinum “Christmas,” was the second most successful selling album of 2011.

 

WHAT:          Michael Bublé

WHEN:          Wednesday, October 30, 2013 ~ 8 P.M.

WHERE:        Amway Center | Orlando, Florida

ON SALE:     To Be Announced

 

TICKETS:  TBA.  Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase® Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

ABOUT AMWAY CENTER

The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows.  Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. At 875,000 square feet, the new arena is almost triple the size of the old Amway Arena (367,000 square feet). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, featuring 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building.  Awarded 2012 Sports Facility of the Year bySportsBusiness Journal. For more information about the Amway Center, visit www.amwaycenter.com.

 

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Hard Rock Hotel Velvet Sessions Taylor Dayne March 28

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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s Velvet Sessions
Featuring Taylor Dayne Set for Thursday, March 28

WHAT:
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s Velvet Sessions lobby concert series continues in March with Taylor Dayne performing her hits “Tell It To My Heart,” “With Every Beat Of My Heart,” “Don’t Rush Me,” “Heart of Stone,” “Love Will Lead You Back,” “I’ll Always Love You” and more!

Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert held the last Thursday of the month (January through October). Log onto VelvetSessions.com to buy your tickets and to receive monthly updates on who?s playing.

A Velvet Sessions ticket includes: FREE specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time, cash bars and live band from show time onward and complimentary valet parking*

Velvet Sessions is a 21 and older event.

WHEN:
Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 6:30 pm

WHERE:
Velvet Bar & Lobby Lounge
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
5800 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida  32819-7834

TICKETS**:
Velvet Sessions tickets are $29 on-line or $35 at the door.

Purchase tickets on-line and receive early entry at 6:00 pm.

To purchase tickets and for more information, log onto VelvetSessions.com or call 407-503-2401
*^Velvet Sessions is a separately ticketed event; ticket prices include Florida sales tax at 6.0% and Orange County discretionary sales surtax at 0.5%; on-line ticketing fees apply. **Complimentary and special parking rates not valid for overnight hotel guests. Dates, activities and entertainment subject to change without notice. Cameras are not permitted at Velvet Sessions. Hard Rock Hotel © Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2013 Universal Studios. © 2013 Universal Orlando. All rights reserved.

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