The biggest yet?: Rhythm & Dunes finale could set records

August 6, 2018 GMT

It was with seven simple words that the second and final Rhythm & Dunes concert of the summer got underway Saturday at Waterfront Park.

“Ludington, Michigan, are you ready to party?” Eric Sage, founder and frontman of country and classic rock tribute band Young Guns, asked as his bandmates stepped onto the Waterfront Park Pavilion stage.

The answer — shouted from the mouths of thousands of eager Mason County residents and visitors — was a resounding “yes.”

The event could be a record-breaker in terms of fundraising for local schools. Donna Yager, vice president of marketing at West Shore Bank, which organizes the concert series, said a final total has yet to be tallied, but it’s possible Rhythm & Dunes 2018 will be the biggest fundraiser yet.

“I think this is bigger than last weekend, and hopefully we’ll raise more than any other year. We’re on track to do even better than last year, so we’re hoping for the best.


“We’ll be counting money almost all day Monday, so by Tuesday we should have a total,” Yager added.

The excitement was building long before the music started Saturday evening. Ludington was abuzz with activity as residents and visitors converged upon Waterfront Park to soak up the sun and experience the finale of West Shore Bank’s free Rhythm & Dunes concert series.

People flooded the park and cars packed the streets and parking lots, transforming the downtown into a waterfront arena. Concert-goers set up lawn chairs and blankets and waited with anticipation for the concert to begin, many wearing cowboy hats and other attire appropriate for the country-themed event.

Young Guns, the headlining band for the second Rhythm & Dunes weekend, came from San Diego to take the Waterfront Park Pavilion, where Hollywood U2 kicked off the 2018 event last weekend.

See the full story and photos in Monday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions