The Red Shield Concert Series Is Coming This Summer!

Apr 18, 2022

The Salvation Army of Kent County is excited to announce its brand-new Red Shield Summer Concert Series, which will feature free, family-friendly outdoor concerts. The shows will be held at The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Outdoor Amphitheater (2500 S Division) on May 18, June 22 and Aug. 17. 

Each concert will start at 7 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m., a free grilled dinner from The Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen will be provided to the first 200 attendees. 

“We are thrilled to invite our Grand Rapids and Kent County community to join us for three nights of fun,” Divisional Commander Major Glen Caddy said. “All of our acclaimed musicians have ties to Michigan and will be providing us with memorable summer evenings at the Kroc. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we look forward to seeing you soon!”

Parking on-site is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on. 

In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved inside to the Kroc Center’s Performing Arts Center. Check The Salvation Army of Kent County’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

May 18
Celebrating Community with Cool2Duel

  The evening will begin with musicians from the local community playing as attendees enjoy dinner. Then, a high-energy and interactive entertainment experience Cool2Duel and their dueling pianos concept will be pure fun for all. Led by Noel Leaman, Cool2Duel has been around the world entertaining audiences with their talent, charisma and clean comedic genius. Request a song from any genre and there’s a great chance you’ll hear it come to life.

June 22
Celebrating Patriotism with Steve Spees

The Salvation Army will honor active and retired military members and their families during this Red, White and Blue-themed night. Steve Spees, a saxophonist and engaging entertainer from East Lansing, will lead us in celebration. In addition to his love for veterans, Steve will be bringing with him a vast array of musical genres including patriotic, smooth jazz, blues, easy listening, country, classic rock, reggae and more.

Aug. 17
Celebrating Youth with local youth musicians and Barbara Jean

In the back-to-school spirit, this concert will open by showcasing the musical skills of some of West Michigan’s most talented youth. Then, ventriloquist Barbara Jean will provide fun for the whole family. Barbara was Miss Michigan in 1984, winning the Miss America talent competition in Atlantic City. Alongside her group of plush “friends,” Barbara’s musical ability and comedy routine will make for a memorable evening.

Thank You Sponsors!

The Red Shield Summer Concert Series is made possible through the generous donations of many Friends of The Salvation Army. Support has been provided in honor of John Stroo and Stephen Barry. Silver sponsors include Summit Marketing and Mol Belting Systems. 


The Salvation Army of Kent County annually serves thousands of individuals through critical year-round programs and services. Kent County’s net of programs and services casts wide and includes those that supply emergency food assistance, offer housing resources and energy bill assistance, support individuals struggling with substance use disorder through the Adult Rehabilitation Center and Turning Point Programs, provide programs that impact people of all ages at the Kroc Center and Fulton Heights Corps, and support disaster victims when catastrophe strikes. The Salvation Army also offers additional help at Christmastime, providing new toys to children and financial gifts to families. For more information or to donate, visit  

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