Arts & Entertainment

Five Years: Hill ’n the ’Ville

Indie rock musican Matt Costa sings at the fifth annual Hill ’n the ’Ville music festival.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, students and community members converged on the Kennebec waterfront for the annual Hill ’n the ’Ville music festival. Now in its fifth year, the event attempts to bring together people from the greater Waterville area for live music, local food and deepening connections between the College and the town it calls home.

The year’s line-up featured three musical acts from New England: The Cheshire Massacre, a metalcore band from Oakland, Maine; Paranoid Social Club, psychedelic indie-rockers from Portland, Maine; and The Brew, a four-piece rock outfit from Amesbury, Mass. While all three bands revealed the colorful musical talent being fostered in the region, it was California indie rock musician Matt Costa who headlined the event, stealing the show with his mellow guitar strums and folksy vocals.

Though Costa’s early evening performance amassed a crowd of a couple hundred people, the shuttle contracted by the College to provide rides for students “never showed up,” and forced some relying on the service to seek alternate transportation. The transportation debacle did not stop Jenifer Goldman ’12 from going to the festival for the third time during her time on the Hill. “Coming together with our community in a laid-back environment is a really nice Colby-Waterville tradition to share with friends,” she said. “I missed stuff like this when I was [studying] abroad. It’s a great time, and, hopefully, it shows that we think of this as our town too.”

As each of the four acts took the stage, Colby students and Waterville residents listened together from blankets on the grass. The whole scene, framed by the recently completed restoration of the two-cent bridge, was a reminder of the festival’s purpose: uniting the sometimes distanced communities of Colby and Waterville.

“I think Hill ’n the ’Ville fosters collaboration between Colby and Waterville, because we’re all living in a shared space—in the same community—so to have a day devoted to that helps keep that vision in peoples’ minds,” Student Programming Board Vice President Meghan Kelly ’12 said.

This year’s festival was the result of a partnership between Waterville Main Street, the College’s Student Government Association (SGA) and SPB, along with sponsorship from several community businesses and institutions.