Orlando Concert Highlights for September 2012

A lot of great music coming to Orlando in September. Here are our picks for the ones you should check out:

 

… Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias …

September 2 – Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias – Amway Center
Two of the biggest names in Latin pop are hitting the road together and the tour brings them to Orlando this month. Get your dance shoes on for this show.
Tickets: $27.50-$147

September 2 – K92 All-Star Acoustic Jam – Hard Rock Live
Country artists like Sara Evans, Uncle Kracker, Lonestar, and Thompson Square, will take the stage in a concert to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.
Tickets: $39-$65

September 2 – Pepper with The Supervillains – House of Blues
This American reggae band has toured with the likes of 311 and The Wailers, and this year they were one of the Warped Tour headliners. Orlando’s The Supervillains opens the show.
Tickets: $27.50

September 6 – (hed)PE – The Social
(hed)PE have mixed socio-political lyrics with hardcore rock music into hits for over a decade. This all-ages show is sure to turn the venue into a mosh pit down front.
Tickets: $20

September 7 – Owl City – The Beacham
Owl City, also known to friends and family as Adam Young, ruled the airwaves four years ago with the song “Fireflies.” If you want a concert full of feel good pop tunes, this is it.
Tickets: $22-$32

September 7-8 – Night of Joy – Magic Kingdom
This is the 30th anniversary of this Disney Christian music festival and headliners include MercyMe, Third Day, and Yolanda Adams. Many of the Magic Kingdom’s best attractions will be open during this event, too.
Tickets: $52.95 each night in advance (regular park admission not valid)

September 7-8 – Rock the Universe – Universal Studios
Newsboys, tobyMac, and Reliant K headline this annual Christian music festival at Universal Orlando. Most of the park’s attractions will be open, as well.
Tickets: $52.99 for one night/$85.99 for a 2-night pass (regular park admission not valid)

September 14 – Damon Fowler – BackBooth
Florida native Damon Fowler has been compared to the likes of guitar greats Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, and Duane Allman. His music has been described as a soulful blend of Southern rock and swamp blues.
Tickets: $10

… Chris Isaak …

September 15 – Chris Isaak – Hard Rock Live
Releasing his first major label debut in 1984, Isaak had his biggest hit in 1990 with “Wicked Game.” Even though he now dabbles in acting, as well, his rockabilly stylings are just as sharp as ever, and he puts on a great show.
Tickets: $29-$75

September 18 – The GoGo’s – Hard Rock Live
One of the biggest bands of the mid-80’s, they helped lead the new wave pop explosion out of Los Angeles. Their set is full of hits to sing along to.
Tickets: $27-$55.50

September 19 – Guides by Voices – The Beacham
GBV has been one of the most popular artists on the indie-rock label Matador Records for over a decade. They just released “Class Clown Spots a UFO” in June 2012, and are touring in support.
Tickets: $25-$40

September 20 – Rubén Blades – House of Blues
Fusing Afro-Cuban, salsa, and Latin jazz stylings together, Blades has been a fixture on the Latin music scene since the 1970’s. It should be a treat to see him in the more intimate House of Blues.
Tickets: $55

September 22 – Ian Anderson – Bob Carr P.A.C.
The man who introduced the flute to rock music, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson will be playing the his classic albums “Thick as a Brick 1 & 2” in their entirety during this show.
Tickets: $45-$75

… The Ataris …

September 22 – The Ataris – Will’s Pub
In the sixteen-plus years this pop punk band has been together, they have released five studio albums and one EP. Should be a cool show in such a small club.
Tickets: $12

September 28 – Kendrick Lamar – PlazaLive
Comparing himself to Tupac, Lamar has worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg/Lion and Dre. This show also features Ab-Soul and Jay Rock.
Tickets: $25

September 28-30 – Night Ranger – Epcot
“Sister Christian” was one of the most heavily played songs of the 80’s, but Night Ranger had many other more rocking hits in their career. They return to help kick off the first weekend of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Tickets: Included with all park admission tickets and passes.

September 29 – Adam Ant – Hard Rock Live
Another 80’s hitmaker, he rode the charts with songs like “Goody Two Shoes” and “Strip.” No word if he still wears the pirate outfit, though.
Tickets: $20-$45

September 29 – WMMO Downtown Concert Series with The Romantics, Modern English, and John Waite – Downtown Orlando
This edition of the outdoor concert series features a trio of hot 80’s acts. The best part is that general admission is FREE.
Tickets: Free to $59 (VIP seating)

September 30 – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – The Beacham
There isn’t actually an Edward Sharpe in this band, but that hasn’t stopped this indie-folk band from building a solid fanbase by touring with the likes of Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. This is an all-ages show.
Tickets: $25-$40

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.

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