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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Best Part of Summer

I love summer.  For so many reasons.  I love the warmth, I love going to the beach, I love being able to be outside.  And since I have been living in Grand Rapids, I love the summer concerts that happen.
On top of what seems to be an increase in awesome concerts in the area, in general, there are a ton of concerts that happen weekly.
First, there is Jazz at the Zoo.  My friend Amanda introduced me to this last year.  There is a free concert series for 2-3 months every Monday evening outside of our local zoo.  We bring food and drinks, and then there is great music for a freewill donation.  Amazing.
Second, there is the Tuesday Concert Series.  This is at Meijer Gardens.  This is my first year that I plan to attend a lot of these.  You need to either purchase tickets to the Gardens for the day, or have an annual membership to go.  My husband and I just bought our first membership, and I am excited to see more of these concerts.
Third, there is the Summer Concert Series.  This is also at Meijer Gardens.  This year there is only one that I am going to, Indigo Girls.  Cannot wait!
Fourth, there is Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops.  This is a four week series.  My family attends all of these every year, for over a decade.  Lots of food, lots of drinks, lots of friends and family.  They are a total blast.
With all of these in mind, I decided to make a schedule of my concert plans.  Most would likely laugh at me for this, but being who I am, it is not a surprise.  I made a spreadsheet with the concerts I plan to attend, if I already have tickets, and when they all are.
*Sidenote* I love spreadsheets.  I love being able to organize my life in this way.  I have a spreadsheet for practically anything...and they are normally color coded.  By the way, I think it is a genetic thing, as my mother and sister are pretty much the same.
Back to my story.  Below is my spreadsheet with what I am planning for this summer.
I am extremely, incredibly, immeasurably happy about this plan. :)

Concert List
Tickets Bought?
May 5, 2013
Tyler Hilton, Teddy Geiger, Olivia Millerschin, Ryan Cabrera
June 3, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: Northview High School Jazz Band
June 10, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: The Paul VornHagen Quartet
June 17, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: The Tom Hagen Summer Swingers
June 24, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: Max Colley III's Sextet
July 1, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: Randy Marsh Quintet
July 2, 2013
Meijer Gardens: Kelsey Rottiers & Lucas Wilson
July 8, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: Fred Knapp Quintet
July 9, 2013
Meijer Gardens: Cabildo & Serita the Black Rose
July 12, 2013
Picnic Pops: Classical Fireworks
July 15, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: Evan Hyde Group
July 16, 2013
Tegan & Sara, Fun.
July 16, 2013
Meijer Gardens: Andro & Kent County String Band
July 19, 2013
Picnic Pops: Natalie MacMaster
July 22, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: Paul Keller Quartet
July 23, 2013
Meijer Gardens: Monica da Silva & Asuma Johnson
July 26, 2013
Picnic Pops: Gotta Dance!
July 29, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: The Mark Kahny Group
July 30, 2013
Meijer Gardens: Nicholas James Thomasma and the Band Wagon & Kari Lynch
August 2, 2013
Picnic Pops: Abba
August 5, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: Michelle Covington and Company
August 6, 2013
Meijer Gardens: Bennett & AG Silver
August 12, 2013
Jazz at the Zoo: Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra
August 13, 2013
Meijer Gardens: Robin Connell & Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra
August 20, 2013
Meijer Gardens: Afro Zuma & The Soil and The Sun
August 27, 2013
Meijer Gardens: Ralston and Friends
September 5, 2013
Indigo Girls
September 14, 2013
Twenty One Pilots, Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy
November 29, 2013
Straight No Chaser

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