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Michael Bublé surprises local retirement community with concert tickets

Posted at 7:01 PM, Jul 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-16 19:54:51-04

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Michael Bublé is giving out concert tickets to a local retirement community.

It's been nearly three years since the residents and staff at Clark Retirement Community participated in a lip dub to Bublé's hit song, "feelin' good." The video was produced in 2011 by students from Grand Valley State University. Within a matter of days, the video launched into cyberspace and gained more than a million and a half views on YouTube to date.

Since that time, Casey Montgomery, community relations specialist at Clark said the staff has tried to unite the popular singer with the stars of that video.

"He (Bublé) did a couple interviews and had seen the lip dub, and he said that whenever he got the chance to get to Grand Rapids that he would connect with us," Montgomery said. "After all these years, he's a man of his word and did that, and this is his great way to get us included in his stop in Grand Rapids."

Clark received 100 tickets to the show to split between the residents and staff.

Sam Bush, a resident at the retirement community, who debuted in the lip dub sensation, will be in attendance.

"We didn't do anything for him (Bublé) with the lip dub," Bush said. "But, him providing the music for us really did something for us, because we had a lot of fun with that."

Bush said he'll be taking his wife Dawn to the show, which comes just in time for a memorable date night.

"August the 2nd, we will be married 67 years, so I don't remember date nights," Bush laughed.

It didn't take long for the good word to spread throughout the Clark community. Judy Whitwer, a resident who can be seen playing the flute in the lip dub, will also being heading to the concert.

"I'm really excited about it, because we enjoyed our lip dub so much," she said. "To really see him and probably hear him sing, it will be great."

Michael Bublé will be performing at Van Andel Arena on July 25.