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We are moving the Summer Concert Series from downtown Grand Rapids at Ah-Nab-Awen Park to Millennium Park Meadows in Walker!

While we loved holding our concerts on the banks of the Grand River while facing our beautiful downtown, there were some problems with parking, the costs and other inconveniences. This summer there is forthcoming construction to Ah-Nab-Awen forcing us to move once again.

Millennium Park (1415 Maynard Avenue, Walker) is a huge urban park with modern amenities.  Its location will allow us to reach out to the residents of all the neighboring towns. And it will provide us with something we have missed since our days at the Zoo-- permanency in a beautiful setting, and greater opportunity for recognition in order to grow our membership!

Grant Pavilion is on the park’s east end, which is separated from the more public areas of the park by Maynard Avenue.  The pavilion can be used in case of rain. The adjacent gently sloping lawn will be our concert venue for most days.  This location has paved parking for 265 vehicles plus overflow grass parking. Clean and spacious restrooms are about 150 feet away and the location is handicap friendly.  Playgrounds and other activities are available across Maynard Avenue and accessible via the park’s trail system.

Bring blankets or chairs to sit on and enjoy an unobstructed view of the band.  There are no trees so please consider bringing a hat, sunglasses and perhaps an umbrella. Bringing a picnic along with your favorite adult beverages is fine but food vendors will also be nearby.

More information can be found in the April/May issue of the WMJS’s newsletter, Jazz Notes.

Here's the lineup for the rest of the year:
  • July 1 – Kat Jones and Company
  • July 8 – Starry Night Octet
  • July 15 – Evidence
  • July 22 – Mary Rademacher-Reed
  • July 29 – Gustavo Cortinas
  • Aug. 5 – Paul Keller
  • Aug. 12 – Bob Nixo GRJO

Jazz in the Park