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August Concerts at Orlando’s Amway Center

Since the Amway Center opened its doors in 2010, the downtown Orlando venue has hosted some of the biggest names in music. In August 2022, iconic performers such as Roger Waters and Daddy Yankee perform their hits live on the Amway Center stage.

Pepe Aguilar

For Mexican American singer Pepe Aguilar, music has always been a family affair. When he plays at the Amway Center on Sunday, August 21, he will be joined by his brother Antonio and children Ángela and Leonardo. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $36.

Aguilar’s pop-tinged mariachi, banda, and ranchera songs have helped introduce Mexican cowboy culture to generations of fans.

Amway Center August Concerts Pepe Aguilar, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Aguilar was born in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Mexico. His father was a famous mariachi singer. His mother was one of Mexico’s biggest movie stars. As a teen, Pepe Aguilar loved Pink Floyd and The Who and dreamed of being a rock singer.

However, after his rock band, Equs, broke up, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.

The singer released his first album in 1989. Aguilar then became a household name along the Mexico-Texas border but remained largely unknown elsewhere. That would change in 1998 when his album Por Mujeres Como Tú became a hit across Latin America.

Since then, Aguilar has won four Grammy Awards, five Latin Grammy Awards, and in 2012 got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, right next to his dad’s.

The Lumineers with special guest James Bay

The Lumineers and James Bay will hit the Amway Center stage on August 23, 2022, at 7 p.m.

The Lumineers formed in 2005 after members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites met in New York City. The two dabbled in many music genres before developing their distinctive indie-folk sound. After a few years in the competitive New York music scene, the band decided they wanted a change of pace.

The band moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2009.

In 2011, their song “Ho Hey” was used in the TV show Hart of Dixie. This exposure helped the band find a national fanbase, and record companies began reaching out. The Lumineers had offers from major labels but opted for indie company Dualtone Records.

The following year, “Ho Hey” became the first single off the Lumineers’ self-titled album. The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts and was certified triple Platinum.

James Bay is an English singer-songwriter. He taught himself how to play guitar at age 11, practicing on an old instrument missing its sixth string. He later studied at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. During this time, he became a fixture at open mic nights around the college town of Brighton.

In 2014, Bay released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated Chaos and the Calm. The album contained the song “Hold Back the River,” Bay’s biggest hit to date.

Roger Waters

Rock icon Roger Waters will bring his multimedia “This Is Not a Drill” tour to the Amway Center on Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m.

The singer and bassist will perform songs from his Pink Floyd and solo catalogs as an evocative environmental film plays. The show was originally scheduled for August 2020; tickets for the original date will be honored. Tickets are still available and start at $47.

Amway Center Concerts - Roger Waters
Adrian Buss, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Roger Waters met future bandmates Syd Barrett and David Gilmour as a child in Cambridge, England.

After high school, Waters moved to London to study architecture. That’s where he met Pink Floyd’s other members, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The prog-rock band formed in 1964 and took the name “Pink Floyd” in 1966. Waters was initially the band’s bassist, with Syd Barrett acting as the lead singer and songwriter.

Barrett was asked to leave Pink Floyd in 1967, at which point Waters assumed his ex-bandmate’s roles.

Roger Waters would go on to write all the lyrics for The Dark Side of the Moon. It is one of the bestselling albums ever, with over 45 million copies sold. The album stayed on the Billboard charts for 736 weeks straight. He also sang lead on songs like “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Another Brick in the Wall,” and “Hey You.”

Roger Waters parted ways with Pink Floyd in 1985 but has continued to tour and release solo material.

Daddy Yankee

Earlier this year, Daddy Yankee unexpectedly announced his retirement at the age of 45.

Before closing out his three-decade career, the “King of Reggaeton” will perform throughout the U.S. and Latin America one last time. Daddy Yankee’s “La Última Vuelta World Tour” comes to Orlando’s Amway Center on August 26, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this farewell concert start at $167.

Daddy Yankee grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and played music from an early age.

In 1994, he started recording music with DJ Playero. Daddy Yankee coined the term “reggaeton” to describe the tracks they made together, which blended rap music with dancehall and reggae beats.

The artist’s early songs were a hit in Puerto Rico but didn’t gain much traction off the island.

Daddy Yankee achieved global fame in 2004 with the release of the single “Gasolina” from his album Barrio Fino. The song was a Top 40 hit worldwide and reached No. 1 in Mexico and Venezuela.

In 2006, Time magazine listed the musician as one of the year’s most influential people.

He enjoyed another massive hit in 2017 when he rapped on Luis Fonsi’s song “Despacito.” The song climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin chart in February of that year. A few months later, a remix with Justin Bieber was released. This time, the song reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, becoming one of just three Spanish-language songs to top the list.

Amway Center August Concerts - Daddy Yankee
Daddy Yankee, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Artists like, Nas, and Akon have also collaborated with Daddy Yankee.

Daddy Yankee is ending his career as one of the world’s most successful Latin artists. He holds 10 Guinness World Records. The reggaeton icon has also won eight Billboard Music Awards, 30 Billboard Latin Awards, and six Latin Grammys.

Something for Every Music Lover at Rosen Inn

Whether you’re in town to enjoy introspective prog rock or energetic reggaeton beats, Rosen Inn is here to make your trip to Orlando an unforgettable one.

Our location on International Drive makes us a convenient place to rest after the show. And much like the Amway Center this August, our dining options have something for every taste, from pub staples to creative sushi rolls.

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