Meijer Gardens sells out 11 summer concerts in two hours


Robust ticket pre-sales today for Meijer Gardens members led to sellouts of one-third of shows scheduled for summer 2022. See which concerts have sold out thus far.

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Capacity Crowds: They’ll likely return for many 2022 shows at the Meijer Gardens amphitheater. (Photo/Anthony Norkus)

 

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The busiest — and priciest — concert season in Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park history sparked a robust response from ticket buyers on the first day of sales to Meijer Gardens members.

Today’s opening salvo of online ticket sales produced 11 sellouts of summer 2022 shows within two hours, with tickets for Norah Jones’ July 17 appearance gone shortly after 9 a.m., followed by the Goo Goo Dolls (Sept. 15) and Foreigner (Sept. 18).

Also selling out this morning: Fitz & The Tantrums/St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sheryl Crow/Allison Russell, O.A.R./Chris Trapper, Michael Franti & Spearhead/Tropidelic, America, Lake Street Dive/Madison Cunningham, The Beach Boys and Boz Scaggs/Robert Cray Band.

Indeed, Meijer Gardens sold more than 44,000 tickets — or 70 percent of those available for the series — in the first hour alone, signaling pent-up demand for the outdoor shows.

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Norah Jones (Courtesy Photo)

“We’re once again overwhelmed at the support of members of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and very happy with how sales went this morning,” said communications director John VanderHaagen.

“We understand that some people are disappointed that they weren’t able to purchase tickets to all of the shows that they might have wanted to attend, but that is one of the drawbacks of having such an intimate venue. Supply is low while demand is high.”

The 2022 series features a record 33 concerts, kicking off June 12 with Marc Cohn and Blind Boys of Alabama and wrapping up with Foreigner on Sept. 18. Tickets are sold online via Etix.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849.

Today’s sellouts came in spite of higher price tags for 2022 tickets. Eight concerts are priced at $90 or more, and the average public ticket price for 2022 is $73.91, a 22 percent increase from 2021. As with many venues, post-COVID cost increases have pushed prices higher, withVanderHaagen noting that the prices “are a direct reflection of our costs associated with bringing these high-quality acts to Grand Rapids; artist fees are on the rise.”

The amphitheater will also host an expanded edition of the Tuesday Evening Music Club series featuring local and regional acts, adding June shows to the usual July-August schedule with that lineup announced in the near future.

Here’s the 2022 schedule, with sellouts as of noon Saturday (April 23).


MEIJER GARDENS’ FIFTH THIRD BANK SUMMER CONCERTS 2022

June 12 – Marc Cohn + Blind Boys of Alabama, $47 presale | $50 member | $52 public
June 17 – Amos Lee w/ Neal Francis, $55 presale | $58 member | $60 public
SOLD OUT June 19 – Fitz & The Tantrums + St. Paul & The Broken Bones, $70 presale | $73 member | $75 public
June 20 – An Acoustic Evening with Trey Anastasio, $70 presale | $73 member | $75 public
June 23 – Old Crow Medicine Show, $52 presale | $55 member | $57 public
June 24 – Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown featuring Tank and The Bangas, Big Freedia, Cyril Neville: The Uptown Ruler, George Porter Jr. and Dumpstaphunk (performing the music of The Meters and The Soul Rebels), $90 presale | $93 member | $95 public
June 26 – The Temptations w/ Kimmie Horne, $55 presale | $58 member | $60 public
June 27 – Bluegrass Happening featuring Bela Fleck & My Bluegrass Heart, Sam Bush & The Jerry Douglas Band, $62 presale | $65 member | $67 public
SOLD OUT July 3 – Sheryl Crow w/ Allison Russell, $94 presale | $97 member | $99 public
July 6 – Corinne Bailey Rae w/ The War & Treaty, $50 presale | $53 member | $55 public
July 7 – ZZ Top, $95 presale | $98 member | $100 public
SOLD OUT July 8 – O.A.R., $77 presale | $80 member | $82 public
July 13 – Five for Fighting with the Grand Rapids Symphony, $58 presale | $61 member | $63 public
SOLD OUT July 14 – Michael Franti & Spearhead w/ The New Respects, $54 presale | $57 member | $59 public
July 15 – Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, $65 presale | $68 member | $70 public
SOLD OUT July 17 – Norah Jones, $95 presale | $98 member | $100 public
July 20 – Rick Springfield with the Grand Rapids Symphony, $72 presale | $75 member | $77 public
July 21 – Buddy Guy + John Hiatt, $77 presale | $80 member | $82 public
SOLD OUT July 27 – America, $62 presale | $65 member | $67 public
July 28 – Arturo Sandoval with the Grand Rapids Symphony, $50 presale | $53 member | $55 public
Aug. 4 – Elvis Costello & The Imposters w/ Nicole Atkins, $99 presale | $102 member | $104 public
Aug. 5 – Andrew Bird + Iron & Wine w/ Meshell Ndegeocello, $68 presale | $71 member | $73 public
Aug. 10 – The Dead South w/ Tejon Street Corner Thieves, $48 presale | $51 member | $53 public
SOLD OUT Aug. 12 – Lake Street Dive w/ Madison Cunningham, $59 presale | $62 member | $64 public
SOLD OUT Aug. 15 – The Beach Boys, $70 presale | $73 member | $75 public
Aug. 17 – The Decemberists, $56 presale | $59 member | $61 public
SOLD OUT Aug. 22 – Boz Scaggs w/ Robert Cray Band, August 22, $69 presale | $72 member | $74 public
Aug. 24 – Umphrey’s McGee, $48 presale | $51 member | $53 public
Sept. 1 – Emmylou Harris + Mary Chapin Carpenter, $90 presale | $93 member | $95 public
Sept. 12 – Australian Pink Floyd, $58 presale | $61 member | $63 public
SOLD OUT Sept. 15 – Goo Goo Dolls w/ Blue October, $97 presale | $100 member | $102 public
Sept. 16 – She & Him, $72 presale | $75 member | $77 public
SOLD OUT Sept. 18 – Foreigner: The Greatest Hits Tour, $90 presale | $93 member | $95 public

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