April 17 2013 12:00 AM

LSO's summer series going back to the '80s

This summer is shaping up to be radical, man. The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is totally going back to the ‘80s to launch the 20th annual Concert in the Park series on June 5. The LSO gave Lansing residents the chance to select a playlist earlier this year with the online “Pick Your Picnic Pops” contest, and the winner was the “Music of the 80s.” This is the first time the LSO has included audience participation to put together its line-up.

“We want public involvement because this was something we want the city to feel like they own,” said spokeswoman Rachel Santorelli. 

The LSO will cut loose with songs like “Footloose,” “It’s Still Rock & Roll To Me,” “Faith” and “1999.” The two-hour concert, which will include two singers, will also include hits from ‘80s faves David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. 

The free outdoor concert will be along the Grand River in Adado Riverfront Park. It’s free to get into the groove, but $30 VIP tickets are available, which include reserved seating, dinner and a cash bar.