Preview: Pitbull @ Universal Studios – Mardi Gras Festival

By: Cathy Rockwell

Latin Rapper, songwriter, and record producer, Pitbull takes the stage at Universal Studio’s Mardi Gras festival for a concert his Saturday night. This international music sensation has sold millions of digital singles. He has reached number one twice on the Billboard’s Rap Album charts. His music has reached urban, Latin and pop fans worldwide.

The Brazilian-influenced “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” climbed to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and hit the Top 5 internationally, including in the U.K. and Canada. His sound, combining hip-hop and Euro-dance elements with fierce rhymes and sizzling pop hooks, has proven to be a winner on the charts. He has been featured on tracks by such pop-chart mainstays as Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Janet Jackson.

Other tops hits include; “Hotel Room Service,” “Krazy,” and “Culo” The Anthem and the multi-award winning song, “I Like It” with Enrique Iglesias. You haven’t had the full Pitbull experience until you see him perform live.

Park admission allows free access to the concert, which is general admission. The authentic, family-friendly celebration runs select nights through April 20 and also includes a dazzling parade, tons of Mardi Gras beads and Universal’s very own French Quarter Courtyard complete with authentic New Orleans bands, delicious Cajun cuisine and more.

Schedule of Events for Saturday, April 13:

4 p.m. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens

7:45 p.m. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts

8:30 p.m. – Pitbull Concert Begins

Tickets: Adult: $88.00, Child: $82.00 **Mardi Gras Special AFTER 5:00pm- One Price: $59.99 For more information: (407) 363-8000.

Directions: (from Gainesville or Ocala): take I-75 S toward Tampa., merge onto Florida’s Turnpike S via EXIT 328 on the left toward Orlando, merge onto I-4 W via EXIT 259 toward Tampa, merge onto S Kirkman Rd / SR-435 N via EXIT 75B, turn left onto Vineland Rd. Turn left onto Universal Blvd follow directions to Universal Studios.

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Cathy Rockwell is currently pursuing her second Master’s Degree — this one in Homeland Security. She earned her first Master of Arts Degree in writing in 2011. She has been a freelance writer for the Gainesville Examiner and INsite Magazine, covering movies, concerts, album reviews and the theater. She’s has also worked as an event planner and in the music business doing various jobs in New England and California. Her passion has always been music of all types. She listens to everything from Beethoven to the Rolling Stones. She’s attended concerts since she was 13 years old and is a supporter of local musicians.

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