Tribute on the Grand: a FREE Event Supporting Grand Rapids Whitewater

UPDATE 3:30pm 9/10/16: Tribute on the Grand will go on rain or shine! The forecast looks like it will be clearing up before 4pm, however we suggest bringing rain gear and chairs for seating given the grass will be wet. Beer dinner attendees should dress in layers as it may be a bit windy on the Gillett Bridge. See you out there!

Join us September 10, 2016 for our FREE, all-ages celebration, Tribute on the Grand! The event, featuring live tribute bands, food trucks and a beer tent, will take place from 4-11pm at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

Proceeds from the event will support Grand Rapids Whitewater, a group of individuals, rowing and paddling clubs, anglers and businesses dedicated to helping Green Grand Rapids achieve the dream of putting the namesake rapids back in the Grand River for everyone’s enjoyment. Their goal is to partner with the city to create a safer, more exciting river experience for everyone.

Event details: 

  • Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • Location: Ah-Nab-Awen Park (220 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504)
  • Free yoga in the park led by AM Yoga: 3-4pm **Cancelled due to rain!
  • Beer tent, food trucks and lawn games: 4-11pm
  • Live music 5-11pm.
    • 5pm: Jim Shaneberger Band and Friends, a Prince tribute band
    • 6:30pm: Free Fallin’, a Tom Petty tribute band
    • 8pm: Brother Wolf and Wolf Park From Mars, a David Bowie tribute band
    • 9:30pm: L.A. Vation, a U2 tribute band
  • Parking available at the Scribner lot (287 Scribner Ave) and streetside meters.
  • Feel free to bring blankets or chairs to set up in the park.


We will also be hosting a sold out beer dinner that evening from 5:30-8pm on the Gillett Bridge, adjacent to Ah-Nab-Awen Park and overlooking the Grand River. Our Co-Founders, Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, will be hosting the dinner, where we will beer serving our Michigan-only release, Palm Reader alongside beers brewed just for the event. 

A taste of the bands who will be live at Tribute on the Grand:

Free Fallin’ – a Tom Petty tribute band from Minnesota

L.A. vation – a U2 cover band hailing from Los Angeles, CA

Wolf Pack from Mars – A David Bowie tribute band from Grand Rapids, MI


Presenting Sponsor:
Founders Brewing

Media Sponsor:

Plunge Sponsor:
Alliance Beverage

Rush Sponsor:
Priority Health
Warner, Norcross and Judd

Wave Sponsor:
Comfort Research
Pioneer Construction

Splash Sponsor:
Rockford Construction
Gilmore Collection
Celebration! Cinema
Old Orchard
Fox Subaru


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2 Comments on “Tribute on the Grand: a FREE Event Supporting Grand Rapids Whitewater”
  1. Nadine Kudlack

    There is a great Beatles tribute band, called The Liverpool Experiences, heard them at festival they r amazing, would be nice to support our local talent. Contact is Terry Lewis at 616 706-5259

  2. Founders Brewing Co.

    Thanks for the info, Nadine! We agree that it is important to support local talent, hence our booking Grand Rapids-based Wolfpack from Mars. We will certainly keep the band you mentioned in mind for future events. Cheers!

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