Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
Aug. 8, 7 p.m.
$48 for members, $50 for public
meijergardens.org, (616) 957-1580
You don’t have to be a short person, Pixar enthusiast, or even a fan of wacky (though, notably, never wack) vocal stylings to appreciate the pop legacy of Randy Newman. In fact, the prolific singer-songwriter is so iconic that even just saying his name is enough of a litmus test to determine which members of your social circle strive to be second-rate impersonation comedians. (Pro-tip: you can tell by who immediately launches into the “Newman voice.”) Yet, all joking aside, Newman’s credentials as a pop music master maestro run far and deep as his impressive range – highlights include a plethora of Grammy statuettes, a half-century career, and the scoring of basically every digitally animated family movie ever produced. Oh, and here’s a fun fact: although state legislators in Maryland did attempt to pass a bill that would have made playing Newman’s most well-known song “Short People” illegal, that bill, contrary to popular belief, did not pass. Still pretty badass, though. Try topping that kind of notoriety, Axel.