Summer Concerts at the Meijer Gardens

Summer Concerts at the Meijer Gardens
Photo courtesy of Meijer Gardens
Photo courtesy of Meijer Gardens

If you are looking for some entertainment during a lazy summer evening, the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at the Frederik Meijer Gardens might be a great choice. The shows attract numerous national artists to West Michigan and this year’s lineup is the largest to date. Artists like the infamous Santana, Lyle Lovette, John Legend and many more are on tap for the series this year, which begins on June 1 and runs through September 7 at the outdoor amphitheater in Grand Rapids.

Photo courtesy of Meijer Gardens
Photo courtesy of Meijer Gardens

The amphitheater has become one of the most unique and popular venues in West Michigan and the state, surrounded by lush horticulture and world class sculptures. The musicians perform on an open-air bandshell stage, while spectators watch from terraced lawn seating. It is a very family-friendly atmosphere and guests are allowed to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy while watching, but there are also delicious concessions available for purchase. All of the¬†seating is general admission and tickets go on sale to the public on May 10th at 9 am. Tickets can be purchased online at, via phone with Star Tickets (1-800-585-3737) or in-person at the Meijer Gardens’ Admission Desk. The music itself has something for everyone, from country to modern to rhythmic. So if you have some free nights this summer, why not take in a concert at one of the most unique venues in Michigan?

Photo courtesy of Meijer Gardens
Photo courtesy of Meijer Gardens

Artist Lineup for 2014
Santana, June 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Jason Isbell with James McMurtry, June 11 at 6:30 p.m.
CAKE, June 12 at 7 p.m.
John Legend, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Tedeschi Trucks Band, June 19 at 6:30 p.m.
NEEDTOBREATHE, June 21 at 7 p.m.
O.A.R. & Phillip Phillips, June 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Tegan and Sara, June 28 at 7 p.m.
Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, July 2 at 7 p.m.
Yonder Mountain String Band & Railroad Earth, July 6 at 6 p.m.
Nickel Creek, July 9 at 7 p.m.
Jackson Browne, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Gavin DeGraw & Matt Nathanson, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Jennifer Nettles, July 19 at 7 p.m.
Counting Crows with Toad the Wet Sprocket, July 21 at 6 p.m.
Ray LaMontagne with Jenny Lewis, July 23 at 6 p.m.
KC and the Sunshine Band, July 24 at 7 p.m.
Barenaked Ladies, July 27 at 7 p.m.
Pat Metheny Unity Group & Bruce Hornsby, July 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Conor Oberst with Dawes, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.
John Butler Trio, August 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, August 6 at 7 p.m.
Five for Fighting with Twilight Symphony Orchestra, August 7 at 7 p.m.
Rodrigo y Gabriela, August 13 at 6:30 p.m.
G. Love and Special Sauce & Keb’ Mo’ Band, August 20 at 6:30 p.m.
The Moody Blues, August 21 at 7 p.m.
Lake Street Dive, August 28 at 7 p.m.
The Beach Boys, September 4 at 7 p.m.
Sheryl Crow, September 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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My name is Anthony Homolka, age 22 and a Writing major at Grand Valley State. I grew up on five acres in Ada, just outside of Grand Rapids. I am writing for the Awesome Mitten for an internship through Grand Valley. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis and enjoying the great outdoors in Michigan. My favorite spots in Michigan would be around Lake Michigan, either in Grand Haven or the sand dunes around Saugatuck.