Monday, February 28, 2011

Get Motivated: Business Seminar

Get Motivated! Business Seminar is at Van Andel Arena on Thursday, April 14th from 8:00 AM- 4:45 PM.

The motivational speakers are as follows:

  • General Colin Powell
  • Lou Holtz
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Dr. Robert Schuller
  • Rick Belluzzo
  • Krish Dhanam

Get Fired Up! Call 1.800.610.7931 or go to GETMOTIVATED.COM!

* The line-up, date, and time is subject to change.

Josh Groban "Straight To You" World Tour Coming To Grand Rapids

Van Andel Arena welcomes the much eagerly-awaited Josh Groban and his "Straight To You" World Tour. The "Straight To You" Tour will bring the feel of a theater experience to an arena setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity Groban delighted his fans with during last year's "Before We Begin" shows, in which he solicited feedback from the audience on which songs would be included in the set-list.

As a result, for the "Straight To You" shows, Groban will continue to interact with audiences and perform favorites from his best-selling albums, including his self titled debut, Closer and Awake as well as songs from Illuminations.

Tickets are $45, $59.50 & $79.50. Student Tickets for students of all ages are $25 plus fees and can only be obtained with a student ID at the Van Andel Arena box office or local ticketmaster outlets.

Tickets may be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, including D & W stores and select Family Fare locations, on-line at, or charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

Van Andel Arena and SAVOR Proudly Announce “The Chef’s Knife”

A New Carving Cart in Van Andel Arena’s Amway Section A

Van Andel Arena announces a new carving cart, The Chef’s Knife, located in Amway Section A, Van Andel Arena’s new concourse expansion area. The carving cart will feature fresh and local products from Michigan Turkey producers during all Griffins games and the majority of events at Van Andel Arena. The food is prepared by SAVOR… Grand Rapids, Catering by SMG’s Executive Chef Chris Simpson, as well as his staff. All items featured at The Chef’s Knife are $9.00 each. The Chef’s Knife made its debut Sunday, February 20th at the Griffins vs. Rivermen game, the Griffins won 4 to 2.

The delectable items featured at The Chef’s Knife, include:

  • The Carved Turkey Grinder - hand carved turkey breast piled high on a sour dough roll with cherry chutney and pesto mayo.
  • Smoked Turkey Thigh- Each thigh is hand rubbed with our Chef's own secret spices then slow smoked for 6 hours. The hand pulled turkey is packed into a sub roll with apple coleslaw and your choice of sweet or zesty BBQ sauce.
  • Griffins Jumbo Wing - Jumbo turkey wings rubbed with ancho chili spice and fire roasted; served with southwest ranch dipping sauce or sweet BBQ.
  • Turkey Sticks- Slow smoked turkey legs with a mild spice rub and a robust hickory smoke; served lightly glazed with Chef's own sweet sauce.

SMG offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 100 accounts worldwide. Savor Catering by SMG’s food and beverage expertise extends from elegantly catered events for up to 10,000 guests to thematic portable food carts, exquisite suite presentations and permanent concession stands designed to create a memorable experience for all of our patrons. Savor Catering by SMG raises the bar for culinary excellence for patrons, meeting planners and special events. By placing emphasis on freshness, quality, and customer care, we ensure that only the finest service is provided. Savor Catering by SMG displays detail in presentation, menu selections and decor to incorporate an ambiance and flavor for each unique event.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

2011 Sugarland Meet & Greet Contest Open Now

Are you Sugarland's biggest fan?

Do you spend hours thinking about what you might say if you ever met Jennifer and Kristian in person?

Dear dreamers, here's your chance: The 2011 Incredible Machine Tour meet & greet contest is now accepting requests!
Here's how it works: If you're a Sugarpass member in good standing, please visit our Meet & Greet Contest page, and choose your city from the dropdown menu. (Note: Only Sugarpass members can access this page.)

Click "Sign Up for This" and you'll instantly be registered for the random drawing. Ten (10) Sugarpass members will be selected to win a meet & greet -- and this year, you can bring a guest! We'll contact winners approximately 48 hours before showtime to give you the good news. (Tickets, travel, accomodations, special parking etc. are NOT included -- you gotta get yourself to the show.)

Don't see your city listed? We'll announce more meet & greets as we formally announce more shows and venues. If your city hasn't been added to our Tour page yet, stay tuned -- as soon the show is formally announced, it might be added to our M&G contest!

A few more points of interest:
1. You may only sign up for ONE meet & greet city, and you may only win ONE meet & greet on the 2011 tour. Choose a show you know for sure you'll be able to attend! And yes, you may only enter once. We want everyone to remain productive at their day jobs, not spend all their time clicking on the "Sign Up for This" button.

2. All you need at meet & greets is photo I.D. and a smile. Please do not bring anything to be personally signed -- you will receive a signed 8x10 at the event -- and please do not take out or use any cameras during the meet & greet. There are NO exceptions to these two rules, and breaking them will result in your being asked to leave the meet & greet, which would be bad.

3. Please do not write or call asking if you have won a meet & greet. If you're a winner, we'll send confirmation and instructions to the email address associated with your Sugarpass account approximately 48 hours before the show.

4. Your meet & greet photo will be available on the Tour page 48-72 hours after the show for download. You will also be able to purchase prints and other items. Stay tuned for more info on how this will work -- photos from 2007-2010 meet & greets will be available again soon!

Can't wait to meet you, greet you, and see you on the road! Good luck!


Win VIP Platinum Passes & More In 'The Ultimate Winter Jam Facebook Challenge'

The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular announces a very special city by city challenge that will run each weekend of the tour! Is your city up for the challenge?


How does this work? The tour is challenging each Winter Jam city to invite the most people to Winter Jam via the Facebook event page. Your city will compete with the other Winter Jam cities that are the same weekend as your concert date: SUNDAY, MARCH 27th at 6PM! Only $10 at the door; no ticket required!

Each Wednesday we'll tally up the Facebook event invites and the city that has the most invitations WINS!

What's the prize?

Winter Jam will randomly pick 3 people who have marked "Attending" on the Facebook event page in your city to win two (2) VIP Platinum Passes. These passes will grant the winner and a friend free admission to Winter Jam, early admittance to the concert, first choice in seating and a free Winter Jam t-shirt!

Plus! Your city gets bragging rights over the other concert cities that weekend! Have fun, invite your friends and let's see what cities have the most Winter Jam fans!

Let's Go Grand Rapids!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011 at Van Andel Arena on July 28th

Taylor Swift announces that she will tour the world in 2011 in support of her blockbuster Speak Now album, which shattered sales records with over a million copies sold in its first week of release. Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011 will perform at Van Andel Arena on July 28th at 7:00 PM with special guest NeedToBreathe. Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 18th at 10am. Ticket prices are $72, $62, and $27.50. Tickets are available through the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place Box Offices, all Ticketmaster Outlets, online at or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Taylor is currently slated to play 87 shows in 19 countries spanning four continents on the TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011, which kicks off February 9th in Singapore.

The 2011 dates will include six stadium shows – Foxborough, MA’s Gillette Stadium, Detroit’s Ford Field, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, and Dallas’s Cowboys Stadium. Taylor’s 15-month, 107-date FEARLESS 2009 / 2010 Tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities in five countries.

Taylor will play shows throughout Asia and Europe during the first quarter of 2011, before kicking off her North American tour on May 27th in Omaha, Neb. SPEAK NOW Tour dates are planned for later in the year in Australia and New Zealand. The North American leg of the tour is sponsored by COVERGIRL.

The SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 is one of the most-anticipated musical experiences of the year, as Taylor’s live show is renowned for her incredibly high-energy theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements, all conceptualized by Taylor herself. During the course of her show, Taylor plays a variety of instruments and has multiple wardrobe changes. Each show, Taylor performs hit after hit from her three Big Machine Records albums, including the chart-topping “Mine,” “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me,” “Our Song,” and “Fifteen.”

“Swift’s fans don’t just believe in her savvy songwriting and gracious, magnetic stage presence. They trust her as a peer,” raved the Los Angeles Times. “And if the unerring pleasures of her set – and the crowd’s Beatles-sized reactions – were any indication, they’ll be trusting her for a long time.” The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic wrote: “Swift shoots to superstardom. Her two-hour set at the sold-out arena showed a level of creativity – and more important, sincerity - which many other acts don’t reach for decades, if ever. There is a new master of the stage in pop music moving quickly up the ladder.”

“I’m so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011!” says Taylor. “The FEARLESS Tour was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can’t wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now! The fans have been so amazing, and I’m thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!”

Taylor Swift is a four-time GRAMMY winner, the top-selling digital artist in music history, has had singles top both the Country and Pop radio charts, and had the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music in 2009. With 1,046,718 copies sold in the US in the first week of release, last month her Speak Now album scored SoundScan’s biggest single-week sales total since 2005 and is the biggest debuting country studio album in history. With the release of Speak Now, Taylor made history on the Billboard Hot 100, charting a record-breaking 11 songs from one album in a single week. Taylor, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales now in excess of 17 million albums and 31 million song downloads.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys Bring Their Tour to Van Andel Arena on May 26th

After weeks of speculation, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys joined the legendary Green Monster on January 26th at the historic Fenway Park to announce a special once in a lifetime performance at the legendary Boston ballpark on Saturday, July 31st. The superstar groups join the exclusive ranks of musical greats Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Phish and Aerosmith who have all performed on the field of the world famous ballpark.

“This is a tremendous honor for us. As a group of South Boston kids we never thought we would get an opportunity like this. Our dreams are coming true,” said New Kids’ Donnie Wahlberg. “And one of the best parts is that we get to share this moment with our friends the Backstreet Boys.”

“We are all so grateful and excited to have this opportunity. It’s a once in a lifetime moment. And to get to experience this with our Boston friends New Kids on the Block puts it on a whole other level,” added the members of Backstreet Boys.

The Fenway announcement is part of the highly anticipated New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys tour, produced by Live Nation, set to begin on June 2nd with sold out shows opening night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville and Boston’s own TD Garden, as well as, sold out shows in Philadelphia, Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Chicago and Los Angeles. With the continued and insatiable fan demand, the unstoppable phenomenon that is the New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys will add a slew of new dates to their tour including a third New York area show, a third Chicago area show and additional stops in Grand Rapids, MI; Buffalo, NY; Baltimore, MD; Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; Hamilton and London, ON.

New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys will perform at Van Andel Arena on May 26th at 7:30 PM. Tickets will go on sale on February 11th at 10 AM. Tickets will be available through, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $32, $52, $72, and $92.

The announcement of the Fenway Park show and the upcoming announcement of even more new tour dates will bring the historic New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys tour to over 50 stops, giving fans across North America more chances to catch their favorite groups on one stage.

"We are very pleased that we are able to bring together New Kids on The Block, The Backstreet Boys and their New England fans at Fenway Park. This will be an unforgettable night for us all,” said Dave Marsden, Vice President of Booking for Live Nation New England.

New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boy’s Fenway Park announcement comes just after their epic performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011.” New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys sent thousands of screaming and dancing fans into a fan frenzy. With throngs of fans in the middle of Times Square singing along to their smash hit singles, and millions more tuning in from home, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys once again reaffirmed their place in pop culture proving why their ticket is the hottest ticket of the summer.

New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys first shocked and delighted fans when they took the stage together for a medley at the sold out New Kids on the Block Radio City Music Hall show. The two groups wowed audiences again in their first joint televised performance at the American Music Awards this past November. The performers had the audience on their feet when they unleashed hit after hit including Backstreet’s “I Want It That Way” and New Kids on the Block’s “Hangin’ Tough,” sending the crowd into rip-roaring applause.

With over 200 million albums sold between both bands, and smash hit after smash hit, these two pop sensations have dominated the music scene for over three decades. Aiming to please, these guys are giving concert goers and diehard fans everywhere the ultimate “night out” experience.

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