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CityWalk Live Entertainment Guide at Universal Orlando

No matter what your taste in live entertainment you’ll find live music to your liking at Universal Orlando CityWalk there’s always live music in the air.

Fun for Families

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group CityWalk Live Entertainment

Redefine entertainment with Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando® Resort. This world-renowned show is a curiously captivating mash-up of totally unique live music, unexpected humor, and lots of paint!

 

The arrival of Blue Man Group – which occupies a newly created live performance venue accessible from both Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios – adds an entirely new dimension in live entertainment for Universal Orlando theme park guests and Florida residents.The unique style of Blue Man entertainment has been experienced by more than 10 million people worldwide.  They have entertained audiences of all ages with their live stage shows, their touring rock concert, television programming and albums.

Tip: The show lasts one hour and forty-five minutes, there is no intermission, and beer vendors work the crowd beforehand. You have been warned!

The best seats in the house. All things being equal, the closer and more centrally located your seat, the better. The first four rows are designated as the “poncho zone” and those seated there are issued cheap plastic cover ups, just in case. But it’s a far cry from a “splash zone” at SeaWorld and more marketing than anything else. The ponchos are uncomfortable. Unless you’re a die-hard fan, sitting a few rows farther back won’t decrease your enjoyment one little bit. Zone 1, center is just about ideal. The “cheap seats” (Zones 3 and 4) are on a steeper incline and offer good sight lines of the whole stage.

AMC Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX

Take your pick of today’s biggest movies at AMC Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX!
The best of Hollywood is showing Universal CityWalk on twenty screens, including an immersive IMAX Experience theater

Each theater features all-stadium seating with high backed rocking chairs, and state-of-the-art projection and sound systems. In addition, the theater’s concession stands serve hot foods like pizza and fries, plus a full liquor bar featuring beer and wine, making THIS Orlando’s premier movie showplace.

Tip: You may want to exit on the upper level, even if you are seeing a film on the Cineplex’s bottom level. From there you can either descend the narrow zigzag street lined with shops, or stroll along the sloping Promenade, home to CityWalk’s row of restaurants and nightclubs.

If it's a club experience you're looking for, CityWalk has something for everyone.

If you are coming simply to enjoy the pleasures of CityWalk, you have a choice of paying each cover or admission charge individually or purchasing a one-day CityWalk Party Pass, which is sort of an “open sesame” to all the entertainment venues except Hard Rock Live, which always charges its own, separate admission.

Bars and Nightclubs

The Red Coconut Club

The Red Coconut Club is Orlando’s premier nightclub and ultra-lounge. It sits atop CityWalk, where you can take in the stars on the balcony, mellow out at intimate tables inside, or mix with lively crowds around the bars

It’s the Rat Pack meets the Jetsons in this witty evocation of 50s-era Las Vegas-style futuristic chic.

Orlando’s newest hotspot, bringing a swank, upscale feel to the resort. The club features signature drinks such as The Red Coco Tini and the Freaky Tiki Tini as well as a mouth watering appetizer menu with coconut shrimp, sesame chicken skewers and more. Where tropical meets trendy, Red Coconut Club patrons can kick back and relax or dance the night away to a live band every night that features classic favorites of the ‘60s and ‘70s as well as original renditions of today’s contemporary music. After midnight, a DJ takes over and keeps the crowd moving throughout the night.

Thursday is “Ladies Night,” with complimentary admission and drink specials for females. Sunday’s “In-Crowd” offers the same for hospitality workers.

Latin Quarter

CityWalk Live Entertainment Guide at Universal Orlando

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights the crowds hit the dance floor as Latin Quarter transforms into Orlando’s most popular Latin nightclub.

This fun dance club, located in Universal's Citywalk offers the style and spice of Latin American food, music and dance. The Latin Quarter features a flashy repertoire of live acts ­ from traditional Peruvian bands and calypso acts to more mainstream Latin rockers and reggae groovers. This is a great place for both novices and "seasoned" pros to showcase their talents ­ from the merengue and salsa to the cha-cha and waltz ­ on the tropically themed dance floor. Should you get a little hungry or thirsty from all the activity, never fear: the Latin Quarter offers a full bar and a great menu. Comfortable dancing shoes are a must! Diners receive free admission to the club.

In the evening, on Thursday (Ladies’ Night) through Saturday, Latin Quarter features low-key, live entertainment. Typically it will be an excellent flamenco guitarist, playing on the outdoor patio when the weather cooperates or indoors when it doesn’t. At 10:30 p.m., Latin Quarter turns up the heat with a Latin D.J.

 

Live Music

Hard Rock Live

Catch all the biggest names in music and comedy at the

The superstars. The legends. The icons. They all take the stage at Hard Rock LIVE, where you can catch the biggest names in music and comedy live in concert.

Accommodating up to 3,000 people, Hard Rock Live is a state-of-the-art live performance/event venue. Its coliseum architecture,VIP concert viewing, comfortable seating and private reception areas make for a unique performance atmosphere. Musical groups range from local artists to national and international acts featuring a wide variety of musical styles, including Elton John, Faith Hill, Nelly and more.

For the latest concert information visit the Hard Rock Live website. Box Office (407) 351-LIVE (5483)

Rising Star

CityWalk's Rising Star is not your typical karaoke club. Here when you grab the mic you’re performing with a live band complete with real backup singers.

At CityWalk's Rising Star karaoke club (Ex CityJazz), you take center stage as the lead singer of a band.

Enjoy karaoke nightly at this 440-seat club. Tuesday through Saturday nights you can perform with a live band and backup singers, with a host keeping the show moving. Sunday and Monday evenings feature a host, live backup singers and recorded tracks. There's a large selection of song titles to choose from, in a variety of tempos and styles from hard rock to country ballads to favorite standards.

Rising Star opens at 8:00 p.m., and the band begins performing at 9:00. If you want to sing, get your request in early, as the club can fill up quickly, especially on weekends. On Sundays and Mondays the live band takes a break, so you and your and backup choir will be singing to prerecorded instruments.

Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville

The music, lyrics and laid back island attitude of Jimmy Buffett comes to life at this popular landmark restaurant.

A restaurant by day, Margaritaville transforms itself after the dinner crowd thins out into a cross between a nightclub and a full-fledged performance space showcasing bands and live performers that reflect in one way or another that certain indescribable Jimmy Buffett style. The house bands here are very good, alternating between Buffett standards and a mix of calypso, easy-going rock, and country-western. Every great once in a while, Buffett himself drops by. When that happens, Margaritaville becomes the hottest spot in all of Florida.

Pat O'Brien's

Pat O'Brien's is also the home of dueling pianos, and in Pat O's Piano Bar you can sing along with two piano players performing nightly.

It's Mardi Gras 365 days a year at this authentic reproduction of New Orleans' favorite watering hole. Pat O'Brien's is the home of the world-famous Hurricane® drink and the "Flaming Fountain patio, a picturesque courtyard that will have you believing you're in the middle of Bourbon Street.

There are three main rooms at Pat O’Brien’s. The Piano Bar houses the famed copper-clad twin baby grand pianos that are an O’Brien’s trademark. This is strictly a bar, its brick walls and wooden beams hung with dozens of gaudy German beer steins that let you know this is a place for serious drinkers. Here a steady stream of talented pianists keeps the ivories tickled almost constantly as patrons sing along, pound on the tables, and shout requests. In fact, Pat O’Brien’s is credited with inventing the “dueling pianos” format that has been copied so often. The word seems to have gotten around that this is a great place to bring a bunch of old friends (or new acquaintances from the latest convention to blow through town) to drink and blow off some steam.
O’Brien’s draws a somewhat older crowd than Marley’s or Buffett’s. If you’re old enough to remember when popular music meant songs with lyrics you could actually understand, you’ll probably have a good time here, especially if you can carry a tune and aren’t shy about singing along.

Across from the Piano Bar is a smaller version, called the Local’s Bar, minus the pianos but with a jukebox and large-screen projection TV that always seems to be tuned to some sporting event. Out back is a delightful open-air patio dining area. Here, at night, the ambiance is highlighted by yet another O’Brien’s trademark — flaming fountains.

the groove

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CGet into the groove! Come party with your friends and enjoy the pulsating music and swirling lights of the hottest dance club in the universe.

This hot spot entertains club-hoppers with its stunning array of lighting and visual effects, unique specialty bars and the hottest music. The groove offers a high-energy dance floor surrounded by individually themed rooms where guests can chat over cocktails in three secluded lounges. A disc jockey plays an eclectic mix of today’s hottest club music. A 26-foot by 17-foot stage provides the perfect space for today’s popular music acts to perform. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.

On Thursdays, the groove is successfully pursuing the time-warped clubgoers left homeless by the closure of Disney’s “8-Trax” with its own “80’s Nights.” Admission is free before 10:00 p.m., and drink specials are available to get you in the new wave mood.

Wednesdays are often “Teen Nights” ($10 to $15), alcohol-free dance parties for 15- to 19-year-olds, lasting from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The first soft drink is free. On these nights, the groove reverts to adult form at the witching hour. Teen Nights are more frequent during the summer months and are listed on the CityWalk Times & Info brochure.