Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens

Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens

June 3 September 7, 2015

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. 

2015 Schedule

Wed, Jun 3 Grand Funk Railroad with special guest Matthew Curry Tickets
Wed, Jun 17 Indigo Girls Tickets
Thu, Jun 18 Michael Franti & Spearhead with special guests Nattali Rize & Notis Tickets
Sun, Jun 21 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Tickets
Wed, Jun 24 Gary Clark Jr. Tickets
Mon, Jun 29 The Del McCoury Band and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Tickets
Fri, Jul 3 An Evening with Pink Martini Tickets
Sun, Jul 5 Doobie Brothers with special guest Lara Johnston Tickets
Mon, Jul 6 Mat Kearney with special guest Judah & The Lion Sold Out
Thu, Jul 9 Sweet Harmony Soul featuring Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin and Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers Tickets
Mon, Jul 13 Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Tickets
Wed, Jul 15 The New Pornographers with special guest Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Tickets
Thu, Jul 16 Steve Miller Band Sold Out
Sun, Jul 19 Colbie Caillat & Christina Perri Sold Out
Wed, Jul 29 Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion America The Beautiful Tour Tickets
Thu, Jul 30 Brandi Carlile with special guest Anderson East Tickets
Fri, Jul 31 The Beach Boys & The Temptations Sold Out
Sun, Aug 2 An Evening with Harry Connick, Jr. Sold Out
Mon, Aug 3 An Evening with Diana Krall Tickets
Wed, Aug 5 An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band Tickets
Thu, Aug 6 An Evening with Dancing with the Stars Tickets
Sun, Aug 9 An Evening with Umphrey’s McGee Tickets
Mon, Aug 10 Under the Sun Tour: Sugar Ray, Better than Ezra, Uncle Kracker, Eve 6 Sold Out
Thu, Aug 13 Styx Sold Out
Fri, Aug 21 An Evening with Vince Gill Sold Out
Wed, Aug 26 Brian Regan Tickets
Thu, Aug 27 Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Tickets
Wed, Sep 2 O.A.R. with special guest Allen Stone Sold Out
Fri, Sep 4 John Hiatt & The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio Tickets
Mon, Sep 7 Tony Bennett - 20th Anniversary Concert Tickets

Grand Funk Railroad with special guest Matthew Curry

  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $47
  • Members: $50
  • Public: $52

Known as “The American Band,” this top selling American rock group still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape nearly 45 years after its birth in Flint, Michigan. 

Indigo Girls

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $49
  • Members: $52
  • Public: $54

Together Amy Ray and Emily Saliers write, arrange, record and perform music which over the course of 25 years has become a vital part of the lives of their legion of devoted fans around the world.

Michael Franti & Spearhead with special guests Nattali Rize & Notis

  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
  • 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. 

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

  • Sunday, June 21, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $37
  • Members: $40
  • Public: $42

New Orleans native Trombone Shorty spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz.

Gary Clark Jr.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $35
  • Members: $38
  • Public: $40

Emerging artist Gary Clark Jr. is an artist to watch!

The Del McCoury Band and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $45
  • Members: $48
  • Public: $50

The Del McCoury Band is a Grammy® award winning bluegrass band.

There’s no denying that Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn is a one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities.

An Evening with Pink Martini

  • Friday, July 3, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $44
  • Members: $47
  • Public: $49

Pink Martini draws inspiration from music all over the world ̶  crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop.

Doobie Brothers with special guest Lara Johnston

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $72
  • Members: $75
  • Public: $77

Four-time Grammy® winning Doobie Brothers sound is a fixture on radio formats from top 40 to classic rock. 

Mat Kearney with special guest Judah & The Lion Sold Out

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $36
  • Members: $39
  • Public: $41

American singer/songwriter Mat Kearney is known for his unique blend of hip-hop and folk.

Sweet Harmony Soul featuring Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin and Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

  • Thursday, July 9, 2015
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $42
  • Members: $45
  • Public: $47

The Sweet Harmony Soul tour features Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin and Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

  • Monday, July 13, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $62
  • Members: $65
  • Public: $67

Pat Benatar has always been a rule-breaker and a trail-blazer, she remains a bold and distinctive artist both on stage and on record, and now, after more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, she’s a living legend.

The New Pornographers with special guest Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $30
  • Members: $33
  • Public: $35

The New Pornographers have released five studio albums including their most recent, “Together.”

Steve Miller Band Sold Out

  • Thursday, July 16, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $87
  • Members: $90
  • Public: $92

One of rock music’s all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 40 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years.

Colbie Caillat & Christina Perri Sold Out

  • Sunday, July 19, 2015
  • 6:00 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $58
  • Members: $61
  • Public: $63

Colbie Caillat has won two Grammy® Awards. Christina Perri entered the music scene with her hit song “Jar of Hearts.”

Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion America The Beautiful Tour

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $70
  • Members: $73
  • Public: $75

Garrison Keillor is one of America’s most beloved radio hosts and acclaimed humorists.

Brandi Carlile with special guest Anderson East

  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $44
  • Members: $47
  • Public: $49

Brandi Carlile is a singer/songwriter whose music splits the difference between pop/rock and folksy Americana.

The Beach Boys & The Temptations Sold Out

  • Friday, July 31, 2015
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $72
  • Members: $75
  • Public: $77

Debuting more than 50 years ago, The Beach Boys are one of the most iconic American rock ‘n roll bands of all time. The Temptations have propelled popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world.

An Evening with Harry Connick, Jr. Sold Out

  • Sunday, August 2, 2015
  • 7:30 pm (6:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $90
  • Members: $93
  • Public: $95

Harry Connick, Jr. has exemplified excellence in every aspect of the entertainment world.

An Evening with Diana Krall

  • Monday, August 3, 2015
  • 7:30 pm (6:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $78
  • Members: $81
  • Public: $83

By any standard this five-time Grammy winning jazz pianist and vocalist is one of the most accomplished and distinctive musicians in the world today.

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band

  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $63
  • Members: $66
  • Public: $68

Though Lyle Lovett was initially labeled as a country singer, the tag never quite fit him, as his multi-layered songs incorporate elements of jazz, folk, and pop into a country framework.

An Evening with Dancing with the Stars

  • Thursday, August 6, 2015
  • 7:30 pm (6:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $68
  • Members: $71
  • Public: $73

Dancing with the Stars: Live! features the faces you know and love.

An Evening with Umphrey’s McGee

  • Sunday, August 9, 2015
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $38
  • Members: $41
  • Public: $43

Umphrey’s McGee are more than just a rock band- through nearly two decades, they have proven to be on the cutting-edge of both music and technology.

Under the Sun Tour: Sugar Ray, Better than Ezra, Uncle Kracker, Eve 6 Sold Out

  • Monday, August 10, 2015
  • 6:00 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $50
  • Members: $53
  • Public: $55

The Under the Sun Tour features Sugar Ray, Better than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6.

Styx Sold Out

  • Thursday, August 13, 2015
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $64
  • Members: $67
  • Public: $69

Styx has forged an indelible legacy both on record and on stage and continues to conquer the planet one venue at a time. 

An Evening with Vince Gill Sold Out

  • Friday, August 21, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $55
  • Members: $58
  • Public: $60

Known for his talent as a performer, musician and songwriter, Vince Gill has sold more than 26 million albums. 

Brian Regan

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015
  • 7:30 pm (6:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $50
  • Members: $53
  • Public: $55

Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. 

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $53
  • Members: $56
  • Public: $58

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club is an assemblage of some of Cuba’s most renowned musical forces.

O.A.R. with special guest Allen Stone Sold Out

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015
  • 5:30 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $55
  • Members: $58
  • Public: $60

O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) transformed itself from an independent college band to a billboard chart-topper over the course of a long, varied career. 

Allen Stone has gone from being a soul singer from Chewelah, WA to selling out venues where the audience is bigger than his hometown’s entire population.

John Hiatt & The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio

  • Friday, September 4, 2015
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $48
  • Members: $51
  • Public: $53

Beginning with his solo career in 1974, John Hiatt experimented with a number of different styles, from rock & roll to new wave pop before he finally settled on a fusion of rock & roll, country, blues and folk.

Two-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter Taj Mahal (appearing here in concert with his Trio) singlehandedly redefined blues with the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific. 

Tony Bennett - 20th Anniversary Concert

  • Monday, September 7, 2015
  • 7:30 pm (6:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $105
  • Members: $108
  • Public: $110

Seventeen-time Grammy® Award Winning Tony Bennett has sold millions of records worldwide and has platinum and gold albums to his credit.

Tickets

Dates and the lineup for the 2015 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts have been announced!

Member Presale

The Member Presale will begin on Saturday, April 25, 2015 and close Friday, May 8, 2015 at midnight - sales will resume for members and the public at 9 am on May 9, 2015. 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 9, 2015 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 and video-recording devices (this includes mobile phones with video capability). Point-and-shoot cameras are allowed to most shows unless stated by an artist, but please no flash photography, as it can distract guests and performers.

​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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