Boyz II Men, David Bowie tribute, joins Grand Rapids Symphony for 2016 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops

Media Contact:
Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk
Grand Rapids Symphony
616.454.9451 x 139

GRAND RAPIDS, MI., April 6, 2016 – Rock rolls on with the Grand Rapids Pops plus Boyz II Men and the music of David Bowie this summer.

The Grand Rapids Symphony’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops welcomes the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble to Cannonsburg Ski Area, as well as the greatest hits of the legendary David Bowie, to cap off the 2016 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops with two, one-night only, special-event shows.

Only a limited number of tickets will be available for the “David Bowie Tribute” on Tuesday, Aug. 2, and for Boyz II Men in Concert on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Tickets go on sale today for subscribers to any Grand Rapids Symphony series, including the 2016 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops, featuring “We Will Rock You! The Music of Queen” on July 21-22 and a salute to “The Music of The Beach Boys on July 28-29.

The three-concert, D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops opens with “Classical Fireworks” on July 14-15.

Single tickets go on sale next week on Wednesday April 13 for Boyz II Men in Concert and “David Bowie Tribute.”

Call the Grand Rapids Symphony at (616) 454-9451 ext. 4 or go online to Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster and Ticketmaster outlets.

Boyz II Men, which was in Grand Rapids for “Rock the Rapids” in 2012, became an international success when their No. 1 single, “End of the Road,” in 1992 remained in the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record 13 weeks, breaking a decades-old record held by Elvis Presley.

“One Sweet Day,” featuring Mariah Carey, spent 16 weeks in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a record that still stands today.

With such hits as “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day,” Boyz II Men are one of only four acts in the history of recorded music to spend at least 50 weeks cumulatively in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s charts. Presley, Carey and The Beatles are the other three.

Originally a quintet from Philadelphia, the trio today includes Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris, who currently appears on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”
David Bowie, who sold more than 140 million albums in his five-decade career, died in January from liver cancer just four days after releasing his 25th album, “Blackstar,” which has dominated worldwide record sales in the past three months.

Meanwhile, songs such as “Space Oddity,” “Changes” and “Under Pressure” by the English singer and songwriter live on.

Windborne Music, which has brought several tribute shows to Grand Rapids in the past, including “Music of Led Zeppelin” and “Music of Eagles,” will join the Grand Rapids Symphony for songs including “Ziggy Stardust,” sung by Bowie’s flamboyant alter ego, which helped launch the glam rock era.

Windborne’s salute to David Bowie debuts in June with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with songs such as “Heroes,” “Rebel Rebel” and “Fame.”

Advance tickets for “David Bowie Tribute” on Aug. 2 for lawn seats are $30 for adults, $28 for college students and senior citizens, $15 for children ages 2 through high school. Admission is free for children younger than 2. 

Reserved chairs are $40, individual table seats are $65 or $520 for a table of 8.

Advance tickets for Boyz II Men are $40 for all lawn seats, $50 for reserved chairs. Table seats are $75 for single seats or $600 for a table of 8; or $95 for premium seats or $760 for a table of 8. No discounts for children, students or senior citizens are available.

All tickets for the 2016 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops series and special events are $5 more the day of the show.


Tickets are available at the GRS box office, weekdays 9 am -5 pm at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder Plaza), or by calling 616.454.9451 x 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) 

Tickets also may be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800.982.2787, online at or in person at Ticketmaster outlets at select D&W Fresh Markets, Family Fare Stores and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee.

About the Grand Rapids Symphony

Organized in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by Music Advisor Larry Rachleff, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate Conductor John Varineau, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are given each year, touching the lives of some 200,000, nearly half of whom are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities all reached through extensive education and community service programs. Affiliated organizations include the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus; Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra; and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. GRS sponsors the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival and provides the orchestra for performances by Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet. To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony, please visit

This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.