With hands in the air, a room of 100 students danced and swayed to the tune of “Better Days” and other songs by James Gardin.
Taking the stage at 9 p.m., Gardin and his five-person band had the the crowd chanting, “Let’s go MIPA.”
“I didn’t know a lot of the lyrics, but it sounded good so I danced along and had a fun time,” Ashley Tjhung said.
The Lansing native is a new face to the MIPA stage, but his upbeat rap songs from his recent album “Moleskines and Pocket Squares” energized the crowd.
Gardin is the second musical act of three to be featured at MIPA. Live music is a main element MIPA staff are using to entertain and convey the MIPA-Palooza theme.
“I wasn’t expecting anything special,” Linsley Snider said, “but it turned out to be a fun time, and I’m glad I went.”