Universal Orlando’s Final Mardis Gras Addition: The Roots

The best house band to ever grace TV will play the annual event on March 19.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Universal Orlando's Final Mardis Gras Addition: The Roots


Universal Orlando has announced the final addition to its Mardi Gras concert lineup: The Roots will play the event on March 19.


The living legends of Hip-Hop are the house band for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on NBC, and are currently in the running for five Grammy Awards including best R&B album (“Wake Up!”) and best rap album (How I Got Over).


The annual Mardi Gras runs at Orlando’s Universal Studios from Feb. 12 to April 23. Festivities, including concerts, a Mardi Gras parade and other New Orleans theming are included in regular park admission. The concerts are set for Music Plaza stage after the bead-flinging parade each evening, and tther Mardi Gras acts this year include Pitball, the B52s, Neon  Trees, Ne-Yo and 30 Seconds to Mars. The complete 2011 Mardi Gras concert calenday lineup for Universal Studios is below. 


Feb. 12: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons


Feb. 19: The B-52s


Feb. 20 (Sunday): KC & the Sunshine Band


Feb. 26: Pitbull


March 5: Lynyrd Skynyrd


March 12: Foreigner


March 18 (Friday): Neon Trees (“Animal”)


March 19: The Roots


March 25 (Friday): OneRepublic (“Apologize,” “Stop and Stare”)


March 26: Blake Shelton


April 1 (Friday): Sean Kingston


April 2: Ne-Yo


April 9: Lifehouse


April 16: Beach Boys


April 23: Thirty Seconds to Mars


New Orleans bands again will be playing in the French Quarter area during the event. Performers include Big Al & the Heavyweights (Feb. 12) , Lil Malcom and the House Rockers (Feb. 19-20), John Lisi & Delta Funk (Feb. 26), Grady Champion (March 5), Honey Island Swamp Band (March 12), J.J. Callier and the Zydeco Knockouts (March 18-19), Soul Project (March 25-26), Lil Brian & the Zydeco Travellers (April 1-2), Rockin Jake (April 9), Beth McKee & the Sliders (April 16)and Daddy Mac Blues Band (April 23).


Photo: Charles Sykes