In 1995, the Grand Rapids Symphony stepped on stage beneath a new outdoor band shell at Cannonsburg Ski Area, and a new West Michigan summer tradition of great music in the great outdoors was born. The sizzling sounds of the 1990s returns to the 2020 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops in July with the pop sensation, Hanson.
The Grand Rapids Pops’ 26th annual summer season features the extraordinary fiddle, mandolin and hammer dulcimer virtuosity of Kittel & Co.; the suave and sophisticated, close-harmony vocals of The Doo Wop Project; and the joyously uplifting world music sounds of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Sponsored by SpartanNash, the 2020 Picnic Pops, led by Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate Conductor John Varineau, opens with Grammy nominees Kittel & Co., fronted by Michigan’s own Jeremy Kittel from Ann Arbor, on July 22. Brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson, whose smash hit “MMMBop” was the summer anthem of 1997, join the Grand Rapids Pops at Cannonsburg Ski Area on July 24.
“Symphony Under the Sky” continues with stars of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: The Musical” singing songs made famous by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and Smokey Robinson and The Miracles and more in The Doo Wop Project on July 29. The 2020 Picnic Pops wraps up on July 30 with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, featured prominently on Paul Simon‘s 1986 album “Graceland,” which won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
Season ticket sales for renewing subscribers are now underway. Season tickets for new subscribers, offering substantial discounts as well as access to the special event presale for Hanson, will go on sale on Feb. 3.
Single tickets to see Hanson for subscribers go on sale Feb. 24. All remaining single tickets for Hanson go on sale March 2. Single tickets for the rest of the 2020 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops go on sale March 9. Call the Grand Rapids Symphony at (616) 454-9451 ext. 4 or go online to PicnicPops.org.
Hanson – July 24
In 2017, the trio of brothers who make up pop-rock trio Hanson celebrated 25 years of playing music together, selling millions of albums and reaching fans from Tulsa to Tokyo. After five years and two independent albums, Hanson released their major label debut in 1997 and saw a meteoric rise with the international smash single “Mmmbop” from the album Middle Of Nowhere, which garnered multiple Grammy nominations and five consecutive top 40 singles, including “Where’s The Love,” “I Will Come To You” “Weird.”
HANSON | String Theory brings together an exciting collaboration of song craftsmanship and symphonic spectacle framing the established Grammy nominated multiplatinum pop-rock trio’s music with symphonic arrangements.
The 2020 Back to the Island Itinerary has been released!
Friday Jan 31
10pm – HANSON Live Show
Saturday Feb 1
5pm ZAC Solo show
10pm HANSON Live show
12:30am Nintendo with ZAC
Sunday Feb 2
5pm ISAAC solo show
10pm MILCK + Joshua & The Holy Rollers Show
12:30am Team Trivia with ISAAC
Monday Feb 3
12:30pm HANSON Photos
5pm TAYLOR Solo Show
8pm HANSON Live Show
10:30pm Prom Night Dance Party with Taylor
This phase of upgrades to the site should have been completed and the “what Hanson songs have you heard live” area of the site can now be accessed once again.
As always, if you find a part of the site that is not working properly please email email@example.com with what page you were on, what isn’t working and what browser you are using.
We are currently working on some behind the scenes maintenance to the site. Unfortunately, this means that logging in and updating your “What songs have you heard live” accounts is not currently working.
If you do not have an account, you may enter as a guest to create your list at: https://www.hansonstage.com/stats/enter.php
If you do have an account, you can see your current stats at: https://hansonstage.com/stats/username.php?username=USERNAME just replace “USERNAME” with your account username (no quotes)
At this time, we do not have a timeline for when it will be back up and running, but we hope that these options will work for you in the interim.
As a courtesy for the inconvenience – If you have not yet updated your list for the WINTRY MIX tour *only* email firstname.lastname@example.org with your username and which shows attended and we will manually update it for you when we get a chance. [We will email you back when the manual update to your account has been completed and you can view it at the username page]
At this time, we believe this is the only area of the site still affected by the upgrades and changes. If you find another part of the site that is not working, please email email@example.com and let us know where it was as well as which browser you were using (Firefox, Chrome, Safari on an iPhone, etc.)
If the guys were avengers, they would be Isaac – Captain America, Zac – Spiderman, Taylor – Iron Man
If you would like to host hansonstage trivia, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It has become too much of an undertaking with the other requirements of the site, so if we cannot find someone to take it over we will be discontinuing it.
Things were a bit quiet in early January, with BTTI being pushed back to the end of the month. Mid-January the schedule for the yearly beach retreat was released with details on themes such as “Rock All Night” “String Theory” and “Members Only” they also announces a “What is String Theory Q&A” activity. Dates for Hanson Day 2019 were released.
BTTI was underway. New songs “This is Criminal” and “Reading Your Mind” were debuted. We also found out “Reading Your Mind” and “The Battle of Seymour Better Times” would be featured on the members EP. The Hop Jam festival date was announced. HDAY19 schedule of events were announced and Hanson.net crashed when trying to deal with the popularity of tickets for the yearly Tulsa event. It was announced that Hanson would be performing at Basilica Block Party in Minnesota in July. The String Theory Tour made its way to the UK and then Australia. Hanson filmed an appearance on Neighbours.
Back To The Island 2020 was announced. More Hanson shows in Australia were played – 2 at Melbourne Zoo and 2 String Theory shows at the Sydney Opera House, to single out a few. Taylor turned 36. It was announced that Hanson would once again be performing at The Hop Jam. Hanson was announced as a performer at SPARC: Live Art set to happen in June.
It was announced Hanson would be playing the Maryland State Fair in August. More details for Hanson Day and the Members EP came out via newsletters. The 2nd Firkin Feast was announced.
Even more Hanson Day details came out early in the month. It was announced Hanson would perform at 2019 Calgary Stampede as well as at Eat To The Beat. Hanson Day 2019 was underway – with 4 consecutive nights of Hanson Music! Hanson Day 2020 and Hop Jam 2020 dates were announced. We had 5 new fun Zac “Edible Digital Pants” songs to digest. State of the Band announced not one but TWO new Hanson albums in the works and a full world tour to come in 2020. An appearance at the Kansas State Fair and Summerfest were announced.
Hanson performed at the MGM Springfield Summer Concert Series. Hanson performed at Summefest in Milwaukee.
A video series from In Real Life, the latest Members Only EP, began to roll out. Hanson performed at the Calgary Stampede and Basilica Block Party. A Hanson cover night “54 Sings Hanson” was announced for an evening in NYC. Hanson hosted a 3rd Hop Jam Brewers Table Dinner.
Hanson’s appearance on Neighbours was aired. Hanson performed in Wilmington DE and at the Maryland State Fair.
Details for the new album “Against the World” started coming out. The Wintry Mix Tour was announced. Hanson performed for the first time in Hawaii and Lake Tahoe.
Zac was injured in a motorcycle crash, breaking several bones. It was announced Hanson would be performing as part of TIC’s All Star Christmas in Connecticut in December. Zac turned 34. We found out Dash Hutton would be filling in for Zac on the drums while Zac played front man starting in Atlantic City, NJ. Hanson played 3 shows for 3 nights straight at EPCOT once again for Eat to the Beat.
The schedule for Hanson Day 2020 and a date for tickets to go on sale was announced. Hanson performed at Mystic Lake in MN, Harrah’s in Kansas City and Harrah’s in Anderson, IN. Zac was no longer in his sling, but still playing front man until the Wintry Mix tour kicked off a the end of the month.
The Wintry Mix tour continued. Hanson were a part of TIC’s All Star Christmas. Everyone is anticipating 2020 with the new tour, new album and “hopefully no more children”