After a year of preparation and meticulous planning the Music Industry Management Program finally saw their hard work come to life on October 3rd 2015 at Hemlock Park when they produced Music on the Muskegon. Despite the minor setbacks due to weather everyone who volunteered helped to ensure a smooth and flexible transition when it came to moving the stages, equipment, RSO tables, and sponsorship tables. Hopes were still up and the bands were very cooperative and had high energy even in the crazy Michigan weather.
Music on the Muskegon featured many local cultural bands. An Dro is trio band who started off the night with their traditional and funky Celtic based music. Along with them performing they also included some young traditional Celtic dancers. The diverse sounds and interesting dances created high energy everyone fed off of making a great start to the night.
The second band who performed for the crowd is a local band from Ann Arbor known as The Appleseed Collective. Their folky sound and wide range of instruments set them widely apart from An Dro. Their melodic voices and eccentric appearance created a comfortable setting for the crowd. This four-man band left everyone in awe at their raw talent and passion for music making.
Michigan Hiryu Daiko came third executing their drum performances, which replicate the authentic Japanese drumming ranging from over 2000 years ago. The intense yet intimate drumming techniques took the crowd by surprise. Their rhythmic sounds created an inevitable energy that no one could resist as they all personally danced along to.
Last but not least came Cabildo, who really got the crowd going. The latin based band mixes traditional Latin sound in a melting pot of other genres such as rock, cumbia, and ska. This diversity created a platform, which let people in the crowd express themselves through dancing, singing, and other forms of expression. The West Michigan based band left a huge impression on everyone, which led to a memorable ending to the first ever Music on the Muskegon.