When I was first reading about the Michigan Mosaic Music Festival, I realized that the main draw for this even was the evening acts that featured country and Americana music. While I’m not a huge country music fan, something about it always seems to get me dancing. I decided if I attended the Festival, I would be outside during the last few gorgeous days of Michigan’s summer surrounded by food and music. In my mind, there was no reason not to go!
The Festival ran during the weekend of September 1st. My boyfriend and I ventured over to the Riverfront Park n that Saturday and were surprised to hear the sounds of lively Mexican music. Brightly colored fabric flowed across the stage as a group of girls performed traditional Mexican dances. It turns out that the afternoon of the Mosaic Festival is dedicated to all types of cultural music and acts, and the country and Americana music was reserved for the evening.
Throughout the course of the day we got a glimpse at different corners of the world from a variety of passionate musicians. The highlight of the afternoon for the both of us was a group called An Dro from Grand Rapids. They referred to their sound as “Celtically-based, globally infused, world beat music.” And that’s basically the best way to describe their sound outside of “entrancing.”
Following them was the Glen Erin Pipe Band. Personally, I love bagpipes and their role in highland culture (not to mention the booming sound and the amount of air it takes bring them to life). They brought along a group of young ladies who performed traditional highland dances, one even told us the story of how the kilt was forbidden to be worn and the celebration that surrounded its reappearance.
As the stage shifted from worldly to American, I perused the food and vendor tents throughout the park. My favorite part about festivals like Mosaic is the true appreciation for local talent and food. It’s such a treat to see all of the wonderful things that people create right in my own backyard.
Once the stage was set, it was nothing but the good ol’ American sounds of honky-tonk and country music. And let me tell you, die hard country fans really know how to dance. As the sun began to set, more and more people were occupying the area in front of the stage, bopping to the beat and dancing with partners to each new song.
Music has a magical way of bringing people together. It’s the language that we all know how to speak even if we don’t quite understand where it comes from. For this festival in particular, the world “mosiac” fits perfectly. Music from all over the world packed into one weekend event to create a beautiful and fun experience. Check it out next year in Downtown Lansing!
–Abby Rudnicki, Contributing Writer