Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens

Amphitheater Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

June 1September 7, 2014

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 August 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.

2014 Schedule

Santana

  • Sunday, June 1, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $150
  • Members: $153
  • Public: $155

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

The band, based around lead guitarist Carlos Santana, has won 10 Grammy Awards and their hit songs include: “Smooth (feat. Rob Thomas),” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” and “Evil Ways.” 

Jason Isbell with James McMurtry

  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $29
  • Members: $32
  • Public: $34

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Jason Isbell pursued a solo career in 2007 after spending six years with Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. His newest record, Southeastern, brings Isbell’s southern outlook and careful songwriting to the forefront.

CAKE

  • Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $47
  • Members: $50
  • Public: $52

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

CAKE has produced six studio albums over their reign as an alternative rock band with deadpan lead vocals and sarcastic lyrics, with songs “Never There,” “Short Skirt, Long Jacket,” and “Love You Madly.” 

John Legend

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014
  • 7:30 pm (6:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $75
  • Members: $78
  • Public: $80

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

John Legend's song “All of Me” from his fourth album, Love in the Future, peaked at #1 on the iTunes charts and # 4 on Billboard already this year.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $54
  • Members: $57
  • Public: $59

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Tedeschi Trucks Band—the 11-member collective led by husband-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi—delivers a blend of blues, soul, jazz, and rock.

NEEDTOBREATHE

  • Saturday, June 21, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $35
  • Members: $38
  • Public: $40

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Alternative rock band, NEEDTOBREATHE has released four studio albums, with hits such as “Washed by the Water,” “Something Beautiful,” and “Keep Your Eyes Open.” 

O.A.R. & Phillip Phillips

  • Monday, June 23, 2014
  • 5:30 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $65
  • Members: $68
  • Public: $70

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Short for “Of a Revolution,” the rock band created the songs, “That Was A Crazy Game of Poker," "City on Down," and "Night Shift." The winner of American Idol season 11, Phillip Phillips is known for his hit, "Home." 

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

  • Thursday, June 26, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $62
  • Members: $65
  • Public: $67

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Ben Harper plays a mix of worldbeat, folk, soul, blues and rock and Charlie Musselwhite is one of the most revered blue harmonica musicians in the world. Harper and Musselwhite teamed up for the 2013 release of Get Up! 

Tegan and Sara

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $38
  • Members: $41
  • Public: $43

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Tegan and Sara are known for their songs “Walking With A Ghost,” “Closer,” and recently, “Everything is AWESOME” from the LEGO Movie.

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers

  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $38
  • Members: $41
  • Public: $43

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Bob Marley’s children have forged a sound of their own that incorporates contemporary musical forms with a mix of reggae sensibility.

Yonder Mountain String Band & Railroad Earth

  • Sunday, July 6, 2014
  • 6:00 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $38
  • Members: $41
  • Public: $43

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

The Colorado-based foursome, Yonder Mountain String Band has crisscrossed the country over the past eleven years. Uncommon for the bluegrass genre, Railroad Earth uses drums and amplifiers to create a sound of their own.

Nickel Creek

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $48
  • Members: $51
  • Public: $53

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Violinist Sara Watkins, mandolinist Chris Thile, and guitarist Sean Watkins have released six albums as Nickel Creek, that boast musical elements of classical, jazz, rock and bluegrass influences.

Jackson Browne

  • Sunday, July 13, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $65
  • Members: $68
  • Public: $70

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Jackson Browne has released thirteen studio albums, with his most recent being, Love Is Strange. His hit songs include “Running on Empty,” “Somebody’s Baby” and “Doctor My Eyes.” 

Gavin DeGraw & Matt Nathanson

  • Monday, July 14, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $65
  • Members: $68
  • Public: $70

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Gavin DeGraw is known for hits: “Chariot, “In Love With A Girl, “Not Over You,” and “I Don’t Want To Be.” Matt Nathanson is known for his blend of rock and folk music, as shown in the platinum-selling song, “Come on Get Higher."

Jennifer Nettles

  • Saturday, July 19, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $87
  • Members: $90
  • Public: $92

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Best known as half of country pop duo Sugarland, singer and songwriter Jennifer Nettles recently launched her solo career and has a new album under her belt, That Girl, which debuted in January.

Counting Crows with Toad The Wet Sprocket

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • 6:00 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $80
  • Members: $83
  • Public: $85

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

The Counting Crows made their mark on mainstream rock music in the early 90’s with their debut album, August and Everything After, which featured the hit single, “Mr. Jones.” 

Ray LaMontagne with Jenny Lewis

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
  • 6:00 pm (5:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $55
  • Members: $58
  • Public: $60

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Ray LaMontagne is known for his earthy voice and folk songs similar to that of Otis Redding, Van Morrison and Nick Drake. His hit singles include “You Are the Best Thing” and “Trouble.”

KC and the Sunshine Band

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $55
  • Members: $58
  • Public: $60

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

KC and the Sunshine have been the voice of the disco and funk genre since 1973. Their hits include: “That’s the Way (I Like It), “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Get Down Tonight,” and “Give It Up."

Barenaked Ladies

  • Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $55
  • Members: $58
  • Public: $60

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Canadian rock band is known for their light-hearted performance style and improvisational banter between songs. Their hit singles include: “One Week,” “If I Had $1,000,000,” “Brian Wilson, and “The Old Apartment."

Pat Metheny Unity Group & Bruce Hornsby

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $52
  • Members: $55
  • Public: $57

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Pat Metheny has reinvented the traditional “jazz guitar” sound and continues to redefine the genre. Bruce Hornsby is known for the spontaneity of his live performances as a singer and keyboardist.

Conor Oberst with Dawes

  • Thursday, July 31, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $37
  • Members: $40
  • Public: $42

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Most known for his band Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst’s newest album, Upside Down Mountain, will be released on May 20, 2014.

John Butler Trio

  • Friday, August 1, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $35
  • Members: $38
  • Public: $40

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

John Butler, Byron Luiters and Nicky Bomba compose the Australian jam band, John Butler Trio. Their albums have all topped Australia’s charts, but April Uprising holds their hits “One Way Road” and “Close to You."

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $62
  • Members: $65
  • Public: $67

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Lyle Lovett’s Grammy award‐winning music is beyond country and he is well-known songs over the decades include: “If I Had A Boat,” “God Will,” “If I Were the Man You Wanted,” “Family Reserve” and “Her First Mistake.” 

Five For Fighting with Twilight Symphony Orchestra

  • Thursday, August 7, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $45
  • Members: $48
  • Public: $50

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Singer John Ondrasik has spent the past decade writing songs that make an emotional connection. His breakthrough came in the 2001 song, “Superman” and his latest album, Bookmarks, was released in 2013.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $47
  • Members: $50
  • Public: $52

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

For more than 15 years, internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have brought a unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music.

G. Love and Special Sauce & Keb’ Mo’ Band

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $48
  • Members: $51
  • Public: $53

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

The G. Love & Special Sauce trio features alternative hip-hop music and is best known for their "laid back" blues sound. Over the past two decades, Keb’ Mo' has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music.

The Moody Blues

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $75
  • Members: $78
  • Public: $80

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

The Moody Blues have been musical mainstay with over 70 million albums sold, with hits like “Your Wildest Dreams,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” and “Nights in White Satin." 

Lake Street Dive

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $22
  • Members: $25
  • Public: $27

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Lake Street Dive is an indie jazz and soul band that have been performing for nearly a decade and recently released their new album, Bad Self Portraits.

The Beach Boys

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014
  • 7:00 pm (6:00 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $62
  • Members: $65
  • Public: $67

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

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.” 

Sheryl Crow

  • Sunday, September 7, 2014
  • 6:30 pm (5:30 pm gates open)
  • Presale: $77
  • Members: $80
  • Public: $82

The members-only presale begins on April 26 at 9 am.
The public sale begins May 10 at 9 am.

Superstar singer and songwriter, Sheryl Crow is a nine‐time Grammy winning performer. She’s best known for her hits “If It Makes You Happy,” “A Change Would Do You Good,” and “Soak Up the Sun."

Tickets

Member Presale

Members-only pre-sale begins April 26, 2014 at 9 am (doors open at 7 am for those who wish to come early). Some concerts sell out during the members-only presale. Waiting in line to purchase tickets does not guarantee you the tickets you want. 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 10, 2014 at 9 am. Become a member and purchase discounted tickets before they are offered to the public.

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.

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.

Season Ticket Sponsorships

Each Season Ticket Sponsorship includes two tickets to every concert, reserved seats in the East and West Terraces, and complimentary snacks and beverages. Each numbered seat is a sturdy, standard-height premium chair, and features padded, curved armrests and a cup holder. Contact Katharine Kane at 616-975-3177 or kkane@meijergardens.org if interested or for more information.

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.

Reuseable waterbottles or opened beverages will be poured out before entering the Amphitheater. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages are available at our Concessions.

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 and wine at concerts, but does not allow any alcohol to be brought onto the property. All alcoholic beverages will be confiscated if found on site.

One additional beverage station will be located behind the West Terrace, across from the merchandise tent. This station will serve a limited selection of beer and wine, as well as 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 31" 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.

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. Season tickets include two reserved seats to every concert, beverages, snacks and a great view of the Amphitheater. Interested in a season ticket sponsorship? Contact Katharine Kane at 616-975-3177 or kkane@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 either a watch or warning (tornado or lightning storm) for our area, the concert will be canceled. If a concert is underway and a lightning storm or tornado situation arises during the concert, the concert will need to end, and there will be no refunds.

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. 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.

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.

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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