Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens

Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens

June 4 September 1, 2017

The annual Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens continues to bring the finest national and international musicians to West Michigan, thrilling music lovers across all genres and all generations. The Summer Concert Series runs from June through September and features beautiful terraced lawn seating and food, beverage and merchandise concessions—surrounded by spectacular views of gardens and sculpture.

The Member Presale will begin at 9 am on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and close Friday, May 12, 2017 at midnight - sales will resume for members and the public at 9 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017. 

Tickets are available at StarTickets.com

2017 Schedule

Sun, Jun 4 Billy Ocean, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Taylor Dayne - REPLAY AMERICA: The Ultimate 80s Tour
Wed, Jun 7 Diana Krall
Fri, Jun 9
Sold Out
St. Paul & the Broken Bones Sold Out
Mon, Jun 12
Sold Out
Four Voices: Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Indigo Girls Amy Ray & Emily Saliers Sold Out
Sun, Jun 18
Sold Out
Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot! Sold Out
Wed, Jun 21
Sold Out
Boz Scaggs Sold Out
Sun, Jun 25
Sold Out
Daughtry Sold Out
Thu, Jun 29
Sold Out
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Sold Out
Wed, Jul 12
Sold Out
Sheryl Crow Sold Out
Sun, Jul 16
Sold Out
Huey Lewis & The News Sold Out
Mon, Jul 17 Elvis Costello & The Imposters Tickets
Wed, Jul 19
Sold Out
Barenaked Ladies Sold Out
Thu, Jul 20
Sold Out
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers w/ The Wood Brothers Sold Out
Fri, Jul 21 Amos Lee Tickets
Mon, Jul 24 Andrew Bird with special guest Esperanza Spalding Tickets
Wed, Jul 26
Sold Out
The Beach Boys Sold Out
Thu, Jul 27
Sold Out
The Shins Sold Out
Mon, Jul 31
Sold Out
Lifehouse and Switchfoot Sold Out
Wed, Aug 2 An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band Tickets
Wed, Aug 9 Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” Tour Tickets
Fri, Aug 11
Sold Out
Lake Street Dive Sold Out
Sun, Aug 13 American Acoustic with Punch Brothers & I’m With Her Tickets
Mon, Aug 14 Gov’t Mule with special guest Galactic Tickets
Wed, Aug 16
Sold Out
Michael Franti & Spearhead Sold Out
Thu, Aug 17 Tegan and Sara Tickets
Fri, Aug 18
Sold Out
JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson Sold Out
Sun, Aug 20 John Butler Trio with Landon McNamara Tickets
Mon, Aug 21 moe. and Railroad Earth Tickets
Thu, Aug 24
Sold Out
Five for Fighting with String Quartet Sold Out
Fri, Sep 1 UB40 Legends Ali, Astro and Mickey Tickets

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Sold Out

  • Thursday, June 29, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $42
  • Members: $45
  • Public: $47

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his name when he picked up his instrument at four. "My parents pushed me toward trombone because they didn't need another trumpet player," he laughs. By eight, he led his own band in parades, halls and even bars: "They'd have to lock the door so the police couldn't come in." Promoters would try to hand money to his older cousins, but they'd kindly redirect them to the boy. In his teens, Andrews played shows abroad with the Neville Brothers. Fresh out of high school (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) he joined Lenny Kravitz' band. 

Sheryl Crow Sold Out

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $89
  • Members: $92
  • Public: $94

A nine-time GRAMMY AWARD recipient, Sheryl Crow is an American music icon. Her eight studio albums have sold 35 million copies worldwide; seven of them charted in the Top 10 and five were certified for Multi-Platinum sales. 

Huey Lewis & The News Sold Out

  • Sunday, July 16, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $90
  • Members: $93
  • Public: $95

Huey Lewis & The News are truly one of America’s great rock & roll bands. As they enter their 38th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

  • Monday, July 17, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $85
  • Members: $88
  • Public: $90

Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. However, he has also entered into acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, guitarist Bill Frisell, composer Roy Nathanson, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, record producer and songwriter T Bone Burnett and Allen Toussaint.

Barenaked Ladies Sold Out

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $57
  • Members: $60
  • Public: $62

“Gotta see the show, ‘cause then you’ll know,” sings Ed Robertson on Barenaked Ladies’ chart-topping hit, “One Week,” a song featured on the band’s most recent live album BNL Rocks Red Rocks, recorded at the fabled Morrison, CO, Amphitheater on June 10, 2015 during the band’s Last Summer On Earth tour. 

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers w/ The Wood Brothers Sold Out

  • Thursday, July 20, 2017
  • 6:30 pm (5:15 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $47
  • Members: $50
  • Public: $52

Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Drawing from a vast wellspring of American musical traditions, the singer/pianist/composer/bandleader has created a large and accomplished body of work and employed a vast array of stylistic approaches. Throughout this period, Hornsby has maintained the integrity, virtuosity and artistic curiosity that have been hallmarks of his work from the start.

Amos Lee

  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $47
  • Members: $50
  • Public: $52

Over the course of more than a dozen years and six studio albums, Amos Lee has continued to evolve, develop, and challenge himself as a musician. 

Andrew Bird with special guest Esperanza Spalding

  • Monday, July 24, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $40
  • Members: $43
  • Public: $45

Andrew Bird is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler and songwriter who picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and folk music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop.

The Beach Boys Sold Out

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $64
  • Members: $67
  • Public: $69

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Please note, this tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.

The Shins Sold Out

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $52
  • Members: $55
  • Public: $57

The Shins are a multiple GRAMMY nominated American band formed by James Mercer in Albuquerque, NM in 1996. After a few years of self-financed singles, demos and van tours, the band was signed by Sub Pop Records who subsequently released its first three full length records. 

Lifehouse and Switchfoot Sold Out

  • Monday, July 31, 2017
  • 6:00 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $62
  • Members: $65
  • Public: $67

Lifehouse and Switchfoot

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $63
  • Members: $66
  • Public: $68

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.  

Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” Tour

  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $70
  • Members: $73
  • Public: $75

Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home "Love and Comedy" Tour
With Richard Dworsky & The Road Hounds, Heather Masse, and Fred Newman

Lake Street Dive Sold Out

  • Friday, August 11, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $40
  • Members: $43
  • Public: $45

The new album Side Pony has an exhilarating feel from start to finish. For listeners familiar with Lake Street Dive, it’s a natural evolution of the band’s sound. The arrangements offer a knowing nod to the past while the lyrics tackle the pitfalls of modern romance in a manner that’s often more playful than rueful. And lead singer Rachael Price’s vocals have a teasing swagger to them. Neither her heart nor her hairstyle will be messed with. 

American Acoustic with Punch Brothers & I’m With Her

  • Sunday, August 13, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $49
  • Members: $52
  • Public: $54

Punch Brothers and I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan) join forces this summer for the American Acoustic US tour.. Guitarist Julian Lage joins the bands, which will play a mix of featured sets and collaborations, as a special guest.

Gov’t Mule with special guest Galactic

  • Monday, August 14, 2017
  • 6:00 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $54
  • Members: $57
  • Public: $59

Gov't Mule has showcased its virtuosity, intelligence and breadth for more than two decades, which have encompassed 15 studio and live albums, millions of album and track sales and thousands of performances. The band has become a human encyclopedia of timeless American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound.

Michael Franti & Spearhead Sold Out

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $43
  • Members: $46
  • Public: $48

Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change. 

Tegan and Sara

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $40
  • Members: $43
  • Public: $45

Twin sisters born in Calgary, Alberta and now residing in Vancouver, BC, Tegan and Sara’s career numbers are impressive – over 1 million albums sold, 7 Gold certifications, 1 Double Platinum certification, 3 Juno Awards, 2 Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination. 

JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson Sold Out

  • Friday, August 18, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $68
  • Members: $71
  • Public: $73

Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, celebrates his 49th year as an international recording and performing musician in 2017.

John Butler Trio with Landon McNamara

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017
  • 6:30 pm (5:15 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $40
  • Members: $43
  • Public: $45

The contradictions in John Butler are evident, and, despite his magnificently successful career (with number one albums in Australia and sell-out tours) his is a troubled soul. One of the most successful recording artists Australia has ever produced and a musician whose reputation has begun to rock the waters of both Europe and America, Butler is nevertheless a man on the edge, poised like a beautiful suicide. Where will he go next? Up or down? Despite the tensions within the man and his music the new album makes his future trajectory abundantly clear. 

moe. and Railroad Earth

  • Monday, August 21, 2017
  • 6:30 pm (5:15 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $38
  • Members: $41
  • Public: $43

moe. is the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today. With 20 years of touring and just as many albums under its belt, the quintet of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on guitars and vocals, Rob Derhak on bass and vocals, Jim Loughlin on percussion and vibes, and Vinnie Amico on Drums, continues to push the standard for performance art.

Five for Fighting with String Quartet Sold Out

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017
  • 7:00 pm (5:45 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $45
  • Members: $48
  • Public: $50

Never has the phrase "he shoots, he scores" been more applicable than when mentioning rabid hockey fan and chart-topping singer/songwriter John Ondrasik. The Los Angeles native, who goes by Five for Fighting (a five-minute penalty for on-the-ice fist-a-cuffs), burst on the scene some 15 years ago with his Grammy Award-nominated hit "Superman (It's Not Easy)," and has been a mainstay on mainstream radio ever since. While he doesn't wear tights and fight crime as his breakthrough track "Superman" suggests, his songs could bring any maniacal villain to their knees (and tears) with his poignantly sharp songs that cut deeper than a Ginsu knife.

UB40 Legends Ali, Astro and Mickey

  • Friday, September 1, 2017
  • 6:30 pm (5:15 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $62
  • Members: $65
  • Public: $67

UB40 features Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, all are founding members of the original UB40. 

Tickets

Member Presale

The Member Presale will begin at 9 am on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and close Friday, May 12, 2017 at midnight - sales will resume for members and the public at 9 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The easiest and quickest method to purchase tickets is online at StarTickets.com.

Beginning in the 2017 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert season, guests may purchase up to 8 tickets per show, per transaction.

Public

Ticket sales begin on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 9 am

Where to Purchase Tickets

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - Purchase tickets on-site at Meijer Gardens during hours of operation. No service fees apply.
  • Star Tickets - Purchase tickets at any Star Tickets outlet, by phone (1-800-585-3737) or StarTickets.com. Per-ticket and per-order fees apply.

Children two and younger are admitted to concerts free. See concert schedule above for ticket pricing.

Visit Meijer Gardens’ venue page on Star Tickets for the most up-to-date information on concert sell-outs.

Insider's Guide to Buying Tickets

To help members and guests prepare for buying tickets and getting the best entertainment value possible, we have created an Insider's Guide to help make every concert experience easy and hassle-free.

FAQs

Feel free to bring in a picnic basket with food from home to enjoy during a concert – anything from cheese and crackers to fast food is allowed. Keep in mind that glass containers are prohibited inside the Amphitheater (example: salsa in a glass container or Pyrex Tupperware).

We have a variety of affordable and delicious food options at our concession stand to the right of the gates. From hotdogs to deli sandwiches and popsicles, there’s something to satisfy any appetite during the show.

Picnic baskets, bags and purses may be subject to security searches.

Guests may bring in factory-sealed, non-glass beverages during concerts. Examples include soda cans, unopened water bottles and other unopened beverage containers.

Empty reuseable waterbottles may be brought in and filled at the inside water fountain. Beer, wine, specialty alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic beverages are available at our concession stand. All guests consuming alcohol will have IDs checked at entry and will be required to wear a wrist band for service.

Alcohol may not be brought on the premises. Our liquor license permits the sale of beer and wine at concerts, but does not allow any outside alcohol to be brought onto the property. All alcoholic beverages will be confiscated if found on site.

Alcohol may not be brought on the premises. Our liquor license permits the sale of beer, wine and specialty drinks at concerts, but does not allow any alcohol to be brought onto the property by our guests. All alcoholic beverages will be confiscated if found on site.

Based on expected attendance, an additional beverage station may be located behind the West Terrace, across from the merchandise tent. This station will serve a limited selection of beer, wine and bottled water. Please note: the station accepts cash only.

Coolers are allowed inside the Amphitheater, but we ask that they are not “large beach coolers” as courtesy to other concert-goers since they take up valuable seating space and cannot be used as chairs.

Coolers are subject to security searches.

All seating is general admission, first-come, first-served lawn seating. Low-back chairs and blankets are welcomed. We suggest lining up earlier than the gate time for better seating opportunities.

We have a chair height policy in order for all guests to enjoy views from every spot on the Amphitheater hill. The policy is any low-back chair measuring 12" or less from the ground to the front of the seat bottom and 32" to the top of the chair back in its highest position will be allowed.

Blankets can be used for seating, but please be courteous of other guests by not saving larger-than-needed amounts of grass.

A chair height policy is enforced to aid in the enjoyment of guests viewing the concerts in all areas.

The policy is any low-back chair measuring 12" or less from the ground to the front of the seat bottom and 32" to the top of the chair back in its highest position will be allowed. Volunteers will be measuring chair heights at the main gate before entry.

Blankets can be used for seating, but please be courteous of other guests by not saving larger-than-needed amounts of grass.

If you’re in need of a chair, consider:

  • Purchasing a low-rise chair at the Meijer Gardens’ gift shop or amphitheater. We offer a high-quality “GCI Wilderness Recliner” with our logo.
  • Renting a standard-height plastic venue chair for $10 (quantities limited). Pay at the box office, then bring this chair to one of the rented chairs’ designated seating areas. Designated seating areas are located HERE.

Chair rentals are available for standard-sized white plastic chairs. Rentals are $10 each and available in a first come, first serve basis.

To rent a chair, pay at the Box Office before lining up for the show and pick up chairs at the Box Office or inside the gates near the merchandise booth.

Rental chairs are to be placed in designated seating areas near the left and right top and middle of the Amphitheater hill. Please be aware these areas are also first-come, first-served seating.

The Sponsored Seating section is a special area at the top of the Amphitheater—the East and West Terraces for Season ticket holders. At the current time, all seats are filled. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list (which numbers more than 200 individuals), please contact our development department at 616-975-3177 or development@meijergardens.org for more information.development@meijergardens.org

Rain or shine! Bring your ponchos and/or smaller umbrellas if there’s a high probability of rain. Please be courteous to your neighbors by not blocking their views with large or golf umbrellas.

Our weather policy states if there is inclement weather in our area, the concert will be delayed until the threat has passed. The decision to continue a concert after adverse weather passes will be determined on a case-by-case basis, based on consultation with appropriate weather experts. If a storm or tornado situation arises and the concert needs to end, there will be no refunds. 

Concerts are rain or shine unless there is severe weather as previously stated.

Each artist has their own photography policy, which pertains to guests and media alike. Meijer Gardens helps enforce these policies by prohibiting all SLR / detachable lens cameras, iPads and video-recording devices. 

​It is our intent to make the concert experience accessible to every guest. Meijer Gardens is an accessible facility and proudly complies with ADA regulations. Guests with medical or mobility issues may request special consideration for seating by visiting the Box Office window.

If seating in low chairs will be a mobility issue, we have a limited quantity of standard-height white plastic chairs, available for rent ($10). To rent a chair, make your payment at the Box Office, pick up your chair nearby and take it to one of the designated seating areas.

Barrier-free areas are marked in blue at the left and right top sections of the Amphitheater hill. View a map of the barrier-free seating locations HERE. Guests wishing to sit in one of these areas may be accompanied by one companion (or more if room is available). Guests in wheelchairs have priority—a limited number of wheelchairs are available for use during the concert.

Guests may line up outside the gates as early as they please. For more popular shows, many guests arrive an hour or more before gates open (even two hours before the show). Placing of an empty chair or “place holder” will not be allowed—guests must be physically present to reserve their spots in line. The box office opens at 4 pm.

Refer to your ticket for information about when gates open—times vary— or on the concert schedule page.

Refer to your ticket for information about when gates open—times vary—or on the concert schedule page. The box office opens at 4 pm.

The Tuesday Evening Music Club is a special concert series featuring local and regional performers on Tuesday evenings throughout July and August. For more information, including scheduled lineup and dates, please visit the Tuesday Evening Music Club page.

For specific questions about concerts, please contact info@meijergardens.org or call the front desk at 616-957-1580 or toll-free at 888-957-1580.

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