Muskegon rocks the house at the ripe old age of 150



State Rep. Terry Sabo (right) and State Senator Jon Bumstead (second from left) presented a state proclamation, also signed by Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Gilchrist, to Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron (second from right). At far left is State Rep. Greg Van Woerkom, who represents areas surrounding Muskegon.

By Cynthia Price

Muskegon is celebrating its sesquicentennial, which is a kind of odd word for 150th anniversary.

The birthday plans??Host a free community party on Saturday and three days of low-priced concerts Thursday through Saturday evenings from July 11th to 13th.

The community party, at Heritage Landing as were the concerts, featured kids’ activities including a climbing wall; a flyover by the Warbirds; music by the Muskegon Regional Police Pipes and Drum and by Two Dudes in Flip Flops (Greg and Jeff Grossenbacher); and a presentation of two proclamations to Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron and City Manager Frank Peterson. One was from the Michigan Municipal Executives organization, and the other was from the state government, including Rep. Terry Sabo, Sen. Jon Bumstead, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.

The first night’s concert had a Rhythm and Blues theme and headlined Freddie Jackson, who is an American Music Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee.
Kansas, whose “Carry on Wayward Sun” and “Dust in the Wind” are classic rock staples, was the final act on Friday, preceded by country singer Gretchen Wilson.
On Saturday Let There Be Rock, a tribute to early AC/DC which also appeared at Rockstock the previous week, started the evening out, followed by Warrant of “Cherry Pie” fame.

The highlight of the evening was Bret Michaels, the former lead singer of Poison. The amazingly athletic 56-year-old has also appeared on television shows and acted in movies co-produced by himself and Charlie Sheen.

Interestingly, Warrant and Poison toured together in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Another point of interest is that Michaels turned some of his earnings over to Lighthouse for Veterans, a suicide prevention organization, and had veterans come up on stage at the 150th. Michaels also gives generously to diabetes organizations; he has had Type 1 diabetes since he was six.