Bad news, and good news. Earlier I wrote about the medical problem, (hearling loss) of Huey Lewis and the cancelling of his entire 2018 tour schedule, including the Meijer Gardens. Do not fear as an outstanding performer is picking up the slack.

Michael Franti & Spearhead will be performing at the Meijer Gardens Amphitheater on Sunday, July 8, replacing Huey Lewis & The News. Franti has absolutely killed it in his past Meijer Gardens appearances, so fans are going to be thrilled.

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.

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.

Sales to the general 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 the same multiple options are available as were for members.