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First acts announced for Summer Concert Series at Meijer Gardens

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Spring is around the corner and there is a lot happening at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Wednesday, the park announced some of the acts set to perform during the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert Series, as well as gave a closer look at new exhibits.

One of the biggest announcements is being called a major acquisition for the park.

“It’s a 22 foot work by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who is probably one of the most provocative artists in the world today,” explained chief curator, Joseph Becherer.

No doubt, it will be a focal point in the much-anticipated Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden which opens mid-June.

In conjunction with the new garden is the Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan exhibit, featuring a number of objects on their first venture outside Japan.

“Beautiful kimonos, painted scrolls and screens; things you have to go to Japan to see,” Becherer said.

The winter exhibit is already open, with Spring and Summer editions to open over the next few months.

Wednesday, park representatives released the first few acts of the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert Series.

Trombone Shorty, a jazz artist out of New Orleans, will take the stage June 21st.

The Beach Boys featuring The Temptations will play July 31st.

And, five-time Grammy winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall will perform August 3rd.

More acts will be announced mid-April.

Tickets go on sale for members beginning April 25th, with tickets available to the public starting May 9th.

The summer concert series runs from June 1st through September 1st.


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