Physical Distancing Fundraiser for Children with Disabilities

Driveway Concert Series

2020 Edition

Benefitting children with developmental disabilities.

Do you miss live music? 

We do too. But in every challenge, there is an opportunity.

Like many Grand Rapids organizations, CTC has been hit hard by Covid. We are a nonprofit that cares a lot about serving kids, though, and we’re happy to report that the work continues…. with a little help from the community.

Jean Silbar, CTC’s founding and now emeritus Executive Director, lives across the street from Meijer Gardens and has a tradition of opening her driveway for BYOB (and snacks and chair) for a less crowded and less loud way to enjoy the Summer Concert Series.

This year, she’s once again offered her driveway and yard. This time, though, she’s told CTC it’s BYOP… Bring Your Own Performer.

Register using the button below or by calling (616) 559-1054. The address will be provided after registration.


Check out coverage of the concerts!

Are you interested in covering or sponsoring this event? Please contact Summer Wright at (616) 559-1054 or



Join us Tuesday evenings for top-notch local entertainment.

Each evening’s audience is capped at 50 people (including children) so register early! Tuesday for 90 minutes of good music and good company.

  • Physical distancing required.
  • Bring masks for chatting with folks.
  • Bring your own chair, snacks, and drinks.

(Don’t drink too much, though, and use the potty before you leave home; there will be no restroom access for safety reasons.)

We’ll be collecting donations at the “door” (though we’d prefer if you donated through this page’s form before coming).

That’s it! No tickets, no table captains, no drink sales, no auctions. Just music and community.


All proceeds will help CTC keep serving Grand Rapids area children with developmental disabilities this summer and fall.


Questions? Email Summer Wright, Jean Silbar, or Carlos Kulas-Dominguez.

Date Performer Notes

July 21

rain date: July 23

Nicholas James Thomasma

Traveling around in a bright orange 1973 Volkswagen Bus, singer songwriter and Earthwork Music artist Nicholas James Thomasma combines stories and songs for a show that can be enjoyed by patrons of all ages. 

July 28

rain date: July 30

Christopher Andrus

Co-Owner of The Mitten Brewing Company, Author of Dough Nation, former front man of Bless You Boys and former guitarist/vocalist of Middlefield.

August 4

rain date: August 6

The Bozung Boys

The Bozung Boys are a three-piece acoustic rock band featuring Dan Bolthouse, Steve Tarr, and Steve Hubbarth. 

August 11

rain date: August 13

Chris Bursley

Chris Bursley has been performing for over 15 years, with a recent focus on fingerstyle guitar.

August 18

rain date: August 20

West Michigan Opera Project

WMOP is dedicated to providing community enrichment, opportunities to singers, and educational outreach.

August 25

rain date: August 27

Hey Marco!

Smooth grooves, tight harmonies and soulful vocals… that’s the Hey Marco sound. They specialize in weaving intricate rhythm, melody and harmony together with soaring vocals.

Check out coverage of the concerts!


Article in Local Spins
Interview with WGVU’s Shelley Irwin
Grand Rapids Magazine
Holland Sentinal

Are you interested in covering or sponsoring this event? Please contact Summer Wright, CTC’s Interim Executive Director and Director of Development at (616) 559-1054 or