Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens

Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens

May 20, 2016

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. Major artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett and many others enjoy playing in this intimate summer venue. 

2016 Schedule

Mon, Jun 6
Sold Out
Tears for Fears - POSTPONED Sold Out
Wed, Jun 8 The Monkees – Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour Tickets
Sun, Jun 12
Sold Out
America Sold Out
Mon, Jun 13
Sold Out
Of Monsters and Men Sold Out
Wed, Jun 15
Sold Out
Ziggy Marley Sold Out
Fri, Jun 17 Tedeschi Trucks Band Tickets
Wed, Jun 22
Sold Out
Michael Franti & Spearhead with special guest Chali 2na & The Funk Hunters Sold Out
Sun, Jun 26 Fitz and The Tantrums Tickets
Mon, Jun 27
Sold Out
Jackson Browne Sold Out
Wed, Jun 29
Sold Out
Gregg Allman Sold Out
Sun, Jul 10
Sold Out
Ben Folds with yMusic Sold Out
Mon, Jul 11
Sold Out
The Decemberists Sold Out
Wed, Jul 13
Sold Out
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Sold Out
Thu, Jul 14
Sold Out
Old Crow Medicine Show Sold Out
Sun, Jul 17
Sold Out
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Sold Out
Wed, Jul 20 Femi Kuti & The Positive Force Band and Bombino Tickets
Sun, Jul 24
Sold Out
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band Sold Out
Mon, Jul 25
Sold Out
Diana Ross Sold Out
Wed, Jul 27
Sold Out
The Goo Goo Dolls Sold Out
Thu, Jul 28 Jay Leno Tickets
Wed, Aug 3 Grace Potter Tickets
Wed, Aug 10 WAR & Los Lonely Boys Tickets
Sun, Aug 14
Sold Out
Toto Sold Out
Wed, Aug 17
Sold Out
ABBA The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA Sold Out
Sun, Aug 21
Sold Out
An Evening with The Beach Boys Sold Out
Wed, Aug 24
Sold Out
Lake Street Dive Sold Out
Fri, Aug 26 Seal Tickets
Wed, Aug 31
Sold Out
Bonnie Raitt Sold Out
Thu, Sep 1
Sold Out
O.A.R. Sold Out
Wed, Sep 7
Sold Out
Gavin DeGraw & Andy Grammer Sold Out

Tears for Fears - POSTPONED Sold Out

  • Monday, June 6, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $75
  • Members: $78
  • Public: $80

We regret to inform you that the Tears for Fears concert scheduled for June 6, 2016 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has been postponed. A new date has not been determined at this time.

Here is the official statement from Tears for Fears:
Tears for Fears’ Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith regrettably announce today May 19 that they have to postpone their summer run of dates in the US to include theatres and festivals, due to family illness.
The band says in a joint statement:  “It’s with great disappointment that we have to postpone our US summer dates due to unforeseen and unhappy circumstances.  We thank our fans for their understanding and hope to get back on the road soon.”    

We are deeply sorry for this unforeseen development and send our best wishes for a quick and positive resolution to the family illness that members of the group are dealing with. Please note that although Tears for Fears has stated the tour is postponed, a new date for the concert has not been established. Every effort will be made to reschedule the concert.
If you purchased tickets to this concert, you have two options:
First, you may obtain a full refund by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 or by emailing customerservice@startickets.com including your order number, first and last name to receive a refund.
Second, you may hold on to your ticket and if the show is rescheduled for a new date, your ticket will still be honored. If the concert is unable to be rescheduled, a full refund will be issued at a later date.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding.

Founded after the dissolution of their first band, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock and pop, which led to international chart success. 

The Monkees – Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour

  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016
  • 7:30 pm (6:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $52
  • Members: $55
  • Public: $57

Assembled in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the television series The Monkees, the quartet of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones brought a singular mix of pop, rock, psychedelica, Broadway, and country to their music. 

America Sold Out

  • Sunday, June 12, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $47
  • Members: $50
  • Public: $52

The year 2016 marks the 46th anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. 

Of Monsters and Men Sold Out

  • Monday, June 13, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $45
  • Members: $48
  • Public: $50

Of Monsters and Men first had the world talking in 2011 with their infectious quadruple-platinum smash "Little Talks." 

Ziggy Marley Sold Out

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $43
  • Members: $46
  • Public: $48

A six-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley has released twelve albums to critical acclaim. 

Tedeschi Trucks Band

  • Friday, June 17, 2016
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $72
  • Members: $75
  • Public: $77

In just three years, Tedeschi Trucks Band—the 11-member collective led by husband-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi—has taken its musical mix to audiences across the globe.

Michael Franti & Spearhead with special guest Chali 2na & The Funk Hunters Sold Out

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $40
  • Members: $43
  • Public: $45

Musician, filmmaker and humanitarian Michael Franti is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead.  

Fitz and The Tantrums

  • Sunday, June 26, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $40
  • Members: $43
  • Public: $45

A longtime studio engineer and aspiring musician, Fitz founded Fitz & The Tantrums in 2008, driven simply by “a need to be creative and not lose my mind over a breakup.” 

Jackson Browne Sold Out

  • Monday, June 27, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $68
  • Members: $71
  • Public: $73

Since his debut album came out in 1972, he has released thirteen studio albums and three collections of live performances; his most recent, Love Is Strange, features David Lindley. 

Gregg Allman Sold Out

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $48
  • Members: $51
  • Public: $53

Gregg Allman is one of the most-acclaimed and beloved icons in rock and roll history. As a founding member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band and in his own storied solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music.

Ben Folds with yMusic Sold Out

  • Sunday, July 10, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $48
  • Members: $51
  • Public: $53

Ben Folds has also collaborated with musicians such as William Shatner, Regina Spektor and"Weird Al" Yankovic and undertaken experimental songwriting projects with authors such as Nick Hornby and Neil Gaiman. 

The Decemberists Sold Out

  • Monday, July 11, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $45
  • Members: $48
  • Public: $50

The Decemberists  are an indie folk band featuring Meloy, Chris Funk (guitars), Jenny Conlee (keyboards), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums). In 2011, their album "The King is Dead" entered the Billboard album charts at Number One, and the track "Down by the Water" was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Rock Song" category.

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Sold Out

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016
  • 6:00 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $68
  • Members: $71
  • Public: $73

Singer-songwriter, Ben Harper plays a mix of worldbeat, folk, soul, blues and rock and is known for this guitar-playing skills and live performances.

Old Crow Medicine Show Sold Out

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $45
  • Members: $48
  • Public: $50

Labeled as old-time, bluegrass and folk-country, Old Crow Medicine Show has been described by Rolling Stone Magazine as, “The twentysomethings that marry old-time string music and punk swagger.” 

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Sold Out

  • Sunday, July 17, 2016
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $38
  • Members: $41
  • Public: $43

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a 10-piece musical ensemble founded in 2007 during the yearlong recording of their first album, Up From Below.

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force Band and Bombino

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $35
  • Members: $38
  • Public: $40

In 1986 Femi formed his own band, The Positive Force, with his sisters Yeni and Sola as the lead dancers, where he began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father's massive legacy.  The success of the Bombino's first album validated his choice to make a career out of music, and he began playing regularly for tourists and locals alike. 

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band Sold Out

  • Sunday, July 24, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $63
  • Members: $66
  • Public: $68

Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the 1980s. 

Diana Ross Sold Out

  • Monday, July 25, 2016
  • 7:30 pm (6:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $95
  • Members: $98
  • Public: $100

Diana Ross began singing with friends as a teenager, and eventually formed the groundbreaking 1960s trio the Supremes, going on to have hits like "Come See About Me" and "You Can't Hurry Love." 

The Goo Goo Dolls Sold Out

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $85
  • Members: $88
  • Public: $90

Originally a cover band with a taste for power pop and classic rock & roll, The Goo Goo Dolls soon began writing original songs. 

Jay Leno

  • Thursday, July 28, 2016
  • 7:30 pm (6:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $94
  • Members: $97
  • Public: $99

Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic. Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included more than two decades of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” winning every consecutive quarter of his hosting over the past 19 years. 

Grace Potter

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $42
  • Members: $45
  • Public: $47

Described by Spin as “one of the greatest living voices in rock today,” and by SF Weekly as “the whole package”, Grace Potter continues to impress both critics and audiences with her musical achievements and captivating live shows.

WAR & Los Lonely Boys

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $49
  • Members: $52
  • Public: $54

An American Original; WAR was the first and most successful musical crossover phenomenon that forever fused rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B, while transcending racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up; a musical melting pot and an enduring influence that has sold nearly 50 million records to date. Starting as a small rock band out of East Los Angeles in the 1970s, Los Lonely Boys hit their stride when they started experimenting with sounds from their Mexican heritage using rock, blues and jazz.

Toto Sold Out

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $50
  • Members: $53
  • Public: $55

Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock,R&B, blues, and jazz.

ABBA The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA Sold Out

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $43
  • Members: $46
  • Public: $48

ABBA The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.” 

An Evening with The Beach Boys Sold Out

  • Sunday, August 21, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $64
  • Members: $67
  • Public: $69

Debuting more than 50 years ago, The Beach Boys are one of the most iconic American rock ‘n roll bands of all time with hits like, “Surfin’,” “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo.” 

Lake Street Dive Sold Out

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $33
  • Members: $36
  • Public: $38

Lake Street Dive is an indie jazz and soul band that have been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. 

Seal

  • Friday, August 26, 2016
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $90
  • Members: $93
  • Public: $95

Seal scored a major U.K. hit, "Killer," before releasing his 1991 debut album. He's become an internationally renowned singer/songwriter with albums like Human Being and hits like "Crazy," "Prayer for the Dying" and "Kiss From a Rose," which won multiple Grammy Awards. 

Bonnie Raitt Sold Out

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $86
  • Members: $89
  • Public: $91

A best-selling artist, respected guitarist and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American music. The nine-time Grammy winner, who Rolling Stone named one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," just released her 19th album. 

O.A.R. Sold Out

  • Thursday, September 1, 2016
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $55
  • Members: $58
  • Public: $60

Classic American author Thomas Wolfe famously stated “you can’t go home again,”but don’t tell that to the members of O.A.R. On their eighth studio album, THE ROCKVILLE LP, the shape-shifting rock band found that returning home triggered a journey of creative renewal and inspiration.

Gavin DeGraw & Andy Grammer Sold Out

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016
  • 6:00 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $67
  • Members: $70
  • Public: $72

Gavin DeGraw broke into the music industry in 2003 with his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies. Emerging as one of the biggest success stories in 2012, Andy has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (three times) while sharing the stage with Taylor Swift, Train, and Colbie Caillat. 

Tickets

Member Presale

The Member Presale will begin at 9 am on Saturday, April 30, 2016 and close Friday, May 13, 2016 at midnight - sales will resume for members and the public at 9 am on May 14, 2016. The easiest and quickest method to purchase tickets is online at StarTickets.com.

Currently, we allow all membership levels to purchase tickets to multiple shows without a set limit, but please note, we do monitor for signs of resale if large quantities of tickets are purchased per show.

Public

Ticket sales begin May 14, 2016 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 Concessions. 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-serve 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 $5 (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 $5 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-serve 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.

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. Stay tuned to our social media outlets for the most up to date information.

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 cameras, iPads and video-recording devices (this includes mobile phones with video capability). 

​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 ($5). 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 usage 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.

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 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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