Arena Visits50s60s For Charity

    GRAND RAPIDS — In search of a little nostalgia and a way to give back to local charities, the Van Andel Arena, with the support of The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA), will host a ’50s and ’60s musical revue.

    On May 16, the arena will present “Big Daddy’s Doo Wop Sh’Bop” to raise support and awareness of the needs of nonprofit organizations in the community.

    All proceeds from the inaugural fundraiser will benefit two of the area’s nonprofit cancer research and support organizations, the Hope on the Hill Fund of the Van Andel Institute and Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids.

    According to Lew Chamberlin, chairman of the CAA operations committee, the arena is deeply committed to contributing and supporting positive initiatives in the West Michigan community.

    “This community has been extraordinary in its support for the arena and the events and venues that have played here,” said Chamberlin. “We’re delighted to be able to give something back, especially to Gilda’s Club and Hope on the Hill Fund, as we work toward improving the lives of those in our community by participating in events such as these.”

    “Big Daddy’s Doo Wop Sh’Bop” is a return to the good old days of harmonizing melodies, pink dreams and “Burma Shave” wisdom.

    It’s a blast from the past where everyone can enjoy some of the biggest hits of the ’50s and ’60s. Hits such as “Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Soldier Boy,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Blue Moon,” “Mama Said” and “Baby It’s You” will be performed by original artists.

    Bands scheduled to perform include Lou Christie, Jay Siegel, the original lead voice of The Tokens, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Walt Maddox’s Marcells and Shirley Alston Reeves, the original lead voice of the Shirelles.

    General admission tickets are available in the arena’s lower bowl for $35 each and in the upper bowl from $25 each. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 1, at 10 a.m.

    Tickets will be available at the Van Andel Arena and Grand Center box offices or through Ticketmaster outlets, including D&W Stores and Marshall Fields, or online at

    Cabaret style seating on the floor of the arena is available by contacting Gilda’s Club at 453-8300 or Hope on the Hill Fund at 234-5700.           

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