GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — April 18, 2018 — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is pleased to announce that Michael Franti & Spearhead will be performing at the Meijer Gardens Amphitheater on Sunday, July 8. Michael Franti & Spearhead replaces Huey Lewis & The News who recently canceled their summer tour, including the July 8 stop at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

This year’s lineup includes a special show with Alabama on August 23 to benefit the Welcoming the World: Honoring a Legacy of Love capital campaign. All net proceeds from this show will be contributed to the campaign.

With beautiful terraced lawn seating and spectacular views of gardens and sculpture, the 1,900-seat amphitheater is Michigan’s most unique and intimate outdoor concert venue.

Artist bios and high-resolution press images are available here bit.ly/FMGSCS18

2018 Summer Concert Series Lineup:

Gate times vary. Show start times are listed. Times subject to change.

Tedeschi Trucks Band, May 30 at 6:30 p.m., $75 presale  |  $78 member  |  $80 public

Gladys Knight, June 3 at 7 p.m., $68 presale  |  $71 member  |  $73 public

The Decemberists, June 4 at 7 p.m., $52 presale  |  $55 member  |  $57 public

Jackson Browne, June 6 at 7 p.m., $72 presale  |  $75 member  |  $77 public

The B-52s, June 8 at 7 p.m., $57 presale  | $60 member  |  $62 public

Fitz and the Tantrums, June 10 at 7 p.m., $47 presale  | $50 member  |  $52 public

Brandi Carlile, June 13 at 6:30 p.m., $56 presale  |  $59 member  |  $61 public

Alison Krauss, June 17 at 7 p.m., $84 presale  |  $87 member  |  $89 public

Seal, June 20 at 7 p.m., $91 presale  |  $94 member  |  $96 public

Old Crow Medicine Show, June 25 at 7 p.m., $45 presale  |  $48 member  |  $50 public

Herbie Hancock, June 27 at 7 p.m., $57 presale  |  $60 member  |  $62 public

Blondie, June 29 at 7 p.m., $82 presale  |  $85 member  |  $87 public

Michael Franti & Spearhead, July 8 at 7 p.m., $47 presale  |  $50 member  |  $52 public

Patti LaBelle, July 13 at 7 p.m., $75 presale  | $78 member  |  $80 public

The Temptations & The Four Tops, July 15 at 6:30 p.m., $58 presale  |  $61 member  |  $63 public

Joe Jackson, July 20 at 7 p.m., $45 presale  |  $48 member  |  $50 public

Dispatch with special guests Nahko and Medicine for the People, July 23 at 5:45 p.m., $55 presale  |  $58 member  |  $60 public

Jason Mraz with special guest Brett Dennen, July 25 at 6:30 p.m., $83 presale  |  $86 member  |  $88 public

The Beach Boys, July 26 at 7 p.m., $64 presale  |  $67 member  |  $69 public

Air Supply, July 29 at 7 p.m., $50 presale  |  $53 member  |  $55 public

Styx, August 1 at 7 p.m., $72 presale  |  $75 member  |  $77 public

Vince Gill, August 6 at 7 p.m., $62 presale  |  $65 member  |  $67 public

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, August 12 at 7 p.m., $59 presale  |  $62 member  |  $64 public

Toad the Wet Sprocket & The Verve Pipe, August 19 at 6:30 p.m., $44 presale  |  $47 member  |  $49 public

Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band and special guests, August 22 at 6 p.m., $75 presale  |  $78 member  |  $80 public

Alabama, August 23 at 7 p.m., $150 presale  |  $153 member  |  $155 public – Special fundraising show to benefit the Welcoming the World: Honoring a Legacy of Love capital campaign.

TOTO – 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour, August 24 at 7 p.m., $53 presale  | $56 member  |  $58 public

O.A.R. with special guest Matt Nathanson, August 26 at 6:30 p.m., $75 presale  | $78 member  |  $80 public

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, August 27 at 7 p.m., $63 presale | $66 member | $68 public

Lake Street Dive, August 30 at 7 p.m., $48 presale | $51 member | $53 public

+LIVE+, September 3 at 7 p.m., $60 presale | $63 member | $65 public

Members-Only Presale

Members may buy tickets during the members-only presale beginning at 9 a.m., April 28 through midnight, May 11. Members save $5 per ticket during the presale. There is a limit of 8 tickets per show, per transaction. The preferred method to purchase tickets is online, but multiple options are available:

  • Online at StarTickets.com – handling fee of $8 per order (preferred method)
  • By phone at 1-800-585-3737 - handling fee of $8 per order
  • In-person at Meijer Gardens Admission Desk during normal business hours – no handling fees

On April 28, Meijer Gardens’ Huizenga Grand Room will open at 7 a.m. for members who would like to begin lining up to buy tickets at 9 a.m. Visitors can eat breakfast in the Balk Café or purchase coffee and a quick bite to eat while waiting in line. The DeVos Keeler Gift Shop will open at 9 a.m., selling Meijer Gardens branded low-rise concert chairs.

To join or renew a membership before April 28, call the Membership Department at 616-977-7689.

Public Ticket Sale

Sales to the public begin at 9 a.m., May 12. Members save $2 per ticket purchased during the public sale. There is a limit of 8 tickets per show, per transaction. The preferred method to purchase tickets is online, but multiple options are available:

  • Online at StarTickets.com – handling fee of $3.50 per order and convenience fee of $5.25 per ticket (preferred method)
  • By phone at 1-800-585-3737 - handling fee of $3.50 per order and convenience fee of $5.25 per ticket
  • In-person at Meijer Gardens Admission Desk during normal business hours – no handling or convenience fees

The Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Harvey Lexus of Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health and Life EMS. Media sponsors are Classic Rock 97 LAV-FM, Mlive/Grand Rapids Press and FOX 17. 

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About Meijer Gardens’ Amphitheater
The 1900-seat amphitheater is general admission. Concertgoers are welcome to bring a blanket or low-rise chair to sit on. Low-rise chairs are defined as 12” maximum from ground to front of seat bottom and 32” maximum to top of chair back in highest position. These rules are strictly enforced. No other chairs will be permitted in the venue. A limited number of standard-height chairs will be available to rent for $10 (located in designated area-may not be removed) on a first-come, first-served basis. All concerts take place rain or shine (weather delays possible). A selection of sandwiches, snacks, water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are available at the concessions counter. All beverages purchased here must be consumed inside the amphitheater gates. Concertgoers are also welcomed to bring their own food, bottled water and non-alcoholic beverages. No glass or refillable containers are allowed. All beverages must be in their original sealed containers; any liquids in unsealed containers must be discarded at the gate before entering. 

The amphitheater is currently being expanded and upgraded. The work is taking place over two years. Work on Phase One will conclude for the presentation of the 2018 season and then resume to be fully ready for the 2019 season. While maintaining the intimacy of the venue, the project will increase the sponsor seating area, add new support areas for visiting artists, add a new support and concessions building (ready by the 2019 season) and increases the size of the general seating area. Consistent with previous years, 1,900 general admission tickets will be available for sale during the 2018 season.


About Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves over 750,000 visitors annually and was recently named the 20th most visited museum in the United States by The Art Newspaper. The 158-acre grounds feature Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1,900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Ai Weiwei, Moore, Serra, Bourgeois and Plensa, among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Ai Weiwei, Picasso, Degas, di Suvero, Borofsky, Calder and Dine.  In June 2015, the 8–acre Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened.  Created by renowned designer Hoichi Kurisu, the garden features sculpture by Masayuki Koorida, Anish Kapoor, Zhang Huan and Guiseppe Penone, among others.