The first Cloud Countdown Music Series took place Dec. 17, 2016, at Melbourne Auditorium in Melbourne, Fla. The mission of the event is to bring Brevard County unique entertainment and take it to another level, with diverse music performed by artists from various parts of the state and surrounding southern states.

Performances were great

The first act to perform was Phantom Phunk from Tampa, Fla.The band is a mix of neo-progressive rock, old-school music, and classic rock at the same time. The members have self-described their genre as "Indie-Graveyard Pop." Coming behind their set was local Melbourne duo Benjamin Flexington and Lil YNT who stormed the stage with their singles "Bando", "Big Dawg Status", and "Down for Me." The audience loved their performance so much that they performed again.

Along with performances, attendees got the chance to network.

A little later in the evening, the up-and-coming Alaina Lashay captivated the audience with her hit single "Ain't Feel Yall," which was followed by a performance from Johnny Jr who performed his single "Coyote." In between sets, DJ SoulOne and DJ Tony T entertained guests with a variety of music. Artist Trevis T lit up the stage and the audience jumped to their feet with his singles "Green Leaf Lettuce" and "Like This" while brother and sister hip hop duo Coed Fly performed their popular remix to "Panda" and their song "I Got You."

Another artist who gained attention and was very interactive with the audience was Kupid who is also known as Q.

The artist performed a host of singles including "Who Shot Ya" Black Shadow Remix, "Something" Feat. J Rah, "Test Di Foundation", "Searching", and "Hey Girl." Other artists who performed include Keyate aka Yate and Mr. Narly.

Appearances were noted

Record label appearances included DJ Five Venoms from Orlando's Society One Music and Tye Casablanca from Raise Em Up Records and others.

Cloud Countdown Music Series was presented by Lions Vision and MD Enterprises. The event was hosted by Ingrid.

Location was right

Brevard County, which is also known as the Space Coast, has a population of more than 500,000 people. Situated along the east coast of Florida, the county is located just 35 miles from Orlando and is home to the Kennedy Space Center. Throughout the years, Brevard County has been growing at a rapid pace bringing more diversity and an increased population.