Meijer Gardens expands Tuesday Evening Music Club for 2022 – Local Spins


Scheduled to run from June through August, the nighttime series will feature Molly, Melophobix, Jordan Hamilton, The Accidentals, Myron Elkins, Ralston Bowles, Elijah Russ and more. See the program.

Back for 2022: Ralston Bowles, left, and Elijah Russ will perform on different nights for the Tuesday Evening Music Club. (Photo/Derek Ketchum)

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park followed the announcement of its biggest ever mainline concert series featuring the biggest lineup of regional stars ever for its popular Tuesday night music club.

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Previously only held in July and August, the 2022 edition of the Tuesday night series will now kick off June 7 with Kalamazoo hip-hop cellist Jordan Hamilton and Grand Rapids’ Elijah Russ Collective and continue for 12 more weeks with a eclectic array of local and regional bands.

Some of the most recognizable names in the Michigan music scene – The Accidentals, Seth Bernard, Molly, The Last Gasp Collective and Ralston Bowles – will be joined by emerging artists such as Myron Elkins and the Dying Race, Melophobix, Whorled, Lana Chalfoun and King Possum as part of the Tuesday evening program.

Admission to the Tuesday 7 p.m. shows is free for Meijer Gardens members, or regular Meijer Gardens admission for non-members. Many family shows fill to capacity, especially on sunny evenings, as visitors are allowed to stroll through the gardens and sculpture park.

Veteran Grand Rapids singer-songwriter Bowles, who launched and hosts the series, called it a standout lineup for 2022, with particular buzz surrounding the Aug. 9 concert special featuring The Accidentals with the Kaboom Collective Studio Orchestra.

The nationally acclaimed alternative folk trio from Traverse City will team up with this one-of-a-kind youth orchestra to promote an upcoming collaborative album, “REIMAGINE”, which features new interpretations of Accidentals music.

Familiar view: Tuesday night shows often draw large crowds. (Photo/Julia Olmos)

“This is a project they’ve been working on with a number of budding young orchestras,” Bowles said, noting that the orchestra will be traveling with The Accidentals to nine different cities across the country. “It’s going to be an amazing show.”

The series offers intriguing double projects – the funky Melophobix with The Soul Syndicate June 28, The Last Gasp Collective with Myron Elkins and the Dying Race the 5 of July, whorled and Crossbow July 12 and Samuel Nalangira Trio with Sharon Katz July 26.

Older fans will also celebrate the return of oldies bands The 6-Pack (an all-female group formed in 1967) on July 19 and Franklin Park August 16.

And like last year, the series will end with the traditional “Ralston & Friends” show on August 23, followed by Ballet des Grands Rapids August 30. Learn more online here.

Meijer Gardens previously announced a record number of concerts – 33 – for its main concert series featuring national tours. Many of these shows have already been sold out in a presale to Meijer Gardens members. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 7.

VIDEO: Ralston & Friends, Tuesday Evening Music Club (August 2021)

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