Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

REO Speedwagon

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Florida
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
United States

Event Description:

It’s Florida’s Biggest Party!  Celebrate 25 Years of Party at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, every night now through April 2nd at Universal Studios Florida. Enjoy an authentic New Orleans celebration with a spectacular nightly parade featuring dazzling floats, outrageous street performers, and beads by the handful. Visit the French Quarter Courtyard where mouthwatering Cajun food is available for purchase, and live bands from the Big Easy perform nightly. On select nights* you can catch some of the biggest names in music live in concert and all the entertainment is included in your Universal Studios Florida admission or Annual pass.

Three bands were the undisputed arena rock kings of the early '80s -- Styx, Journey, and REO Speedwagon -- yet all weren't overnight success stories (in fact, each group began pursuing different musical styles originally -- prog rock, fusion, and straight-ahead hard rock, respectively, before transforming slowly into chart-topping mainstream rockers). REO Speedwagon first formed in 1968 via a pair of University of Illinois students, keyboardist Neal Doughty and drummer Alan Gratzer. After graduation, the group signed on with then-unknown manager Irving Azoff (who would later guide the careers of such multi-platinum acts as the Eagles and Steely Dan), which led to the outfit building a devoted following in the Midwest due to nonstop touring. By the early '70s, Doughty and Gratzer had welcomed aboard guitarist Gary Richrath, who would soon prove to be the group's spark plug (and one of rock's more underrated players), in addition to bassist Gregg Philbin and singer Terry Luttrell. This is the lineup featured on the quintet's 1971 self-titled debut recording for Epic Records.

*Event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, refunds, or returns. Prices, dates, times, attractions, and entertainment subject to availability and may change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.