Universal Orlando Resort Kicks off Brand-New ‘Sizzling’ Summer Concert Series

New Series Features Live Performances by Chart-Toppers Including Jordin Sparks and Natasha Bedingfield at Universal’s New Concert Venue, The Music Plaza

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando is kicking off its first-ever Summer Concert Series with performances by some of music’s biggest talent – live at its new outdoor Music Plaza.  Beginning Saturday, June 13 and running Saturday nights through July 4, the new concert series will give guests the chance to top off their day in the park with a nighttime mega-concert.

The concert line-up features four of the biggest names in pop, hip-hop and R&B – all of whom are chart-topping, multi-platinum, Grammy Award nominees and winners.

First up is “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, whose self-titled album has sold more than a million copies.  Sparks will be followed by hip-hop icon LL Cool J, with more than 15 million records sold and 20 singles on the Billboard charts.  Then comes British songstress Natasha Bedingfield, with album sales of more than 10 million – and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers, The O’Jays.

* June 13      Jordin Sparks
* June 20      LL Cool J
* June 27      Natasha Bedingfield
* July 4         The O’Jays

The concert series spotlights Universal Orlando’s new home for hit music – the Music Plaza.  Located in the heart of the Universal Studios theme park, the Music Plaza debuted during Universal’s Mardi Gras event earlier this year.  It is a state-of-the-art outdoor music venue designed in the spirit of one of the most famous outdoor concert venues of all-time, The Hollywood Bowl: home to landmark performances by everyone from the Beatles to Elton John and more.  The Music Plaza features a 2,400-square-foot performance stage, a 15,000-square-foot viewing lawn and two 20-foot-tall projection screens so that everyone can see the show.

“Our Music Plaza has quickly become Orlando’s perfect place to enjoy great music outdoors,” said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort.  “Our Summer Concert Series will continue that tradition – and be an amazing experience for everyone from dedicated music fans to families wanting a great way to end their day in the parks.”

The new concert series is free with theme park admission.  But Florida residents can also take advantage of special value-driven offers designed just for them.  The 2-Park Annual Power Pass gives guests an entire year of thrills at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure for less than $14 a month.  And for $69 per-person, per-night, the Florida Resident 2-Night Vacation Package gives guests a 2-day/2-park unlimited theme park admission ticket and two nights of accommodations at a hotel near Universal.  Guests can also upgrade to one of Universal’s on-site hotels and get complimentary, front-of-line, Universal Express ride access.  More information about Universal Orlando’s summer entertainment and Florida resident offers is available at www.universalorlando.com.

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