Ticket prices continue to go up and you can't see all the shows. These are the bands that still bring it and the ones to wait to see next time.

Meijer Gardens has just revealed their 30 date Summer concert lineup for 2019. If you bought a ticket to every show, it would run you $1,774 (even at the discounted member presale price). The average is $59 per tickets and that's before they tack on all the "convenience" fees. Maybe I can help you stretch your concert dollars and make the most of your budget with these suggestions.

See It:

The Beach Boys | August 1 | $69

  • True, there's no Brian Wilson and a few of these guys are not "real Beach Boys" but nothing sounds better in the Summer than the Beach Boys. Plus, John Stamos just might be there!

The B-52s + OMD + Berlin | Sept 11 | $93

  • Three oh-so-80's bands in one night. Bring the Bartles & James.

Buddy Guy/ Kenny Wayne Shepherd | June 10 | $82

  • As for the blues, this is about as good as it gets.

Dawes | July 31 | $50

  • Fans of the Eagles, Jackson Brown and that late-70s Laurel Canyon sound owe it to themselves to check out Dawes. I've seen their last 2 shows at Kalamazoo State Theatre and a couple of other concerts- to me, it's always an incredible evening. For a $50 ticket, I'm going again.

Amos Lee | July 15 | $53

  • A personal favorite of mine. I missed his date last Summer so I'm planning on being there on a blanket under the stars this year to hear his unique, soulful, folky voice.

Skip It:

Stray Cats | Aug 15 | $102

  • I want to say "yes" to this one, but a ticket price of $100+ is not cool, daddio.

Styx | August 9 | $77

Foreigner | August 11 | $84

  • The dates are well-placed to coincide with a dual Summer tour for these rockers. Save your money and see them together at the Jackson County Fair for a lot less money.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles | June 30 | $55

  • I've seen this show a couple of times and really recommend these guys but I'd wait for an indoor venue to really enjoy the multi-media production.

The Temptations + The Righteous Brothers |July 28 | $67

  • This is a show chock full of hits but lacking original members. Sadly, Otis Williams is the only surviving Temptation and Bobby Hatfield never made it to the stage at Wings Stadium in November of 2003, leaving Bill Medley to carry on.

Three Dog Night- | July 11 | $53

  • Danny Hutton is the only Dog still in the hunt.

Meijer Gardens members get first crack at the tickets as they go on sale at 9 am April 27. Public ticket sales begin May 11 at StarTickets.com or 1-800-585-3737 (each subject to a $10 handling fee) or in person at Meijer Gardens during normal business hours for no handling fee.

h/t MLive

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