Hundreds of Kansas University students, local residents and frolicking dogs took advantage of sunny skies Saturday to enjoy hours of live music during the annual Day on the Hill.
Eight local and national musical groups created a variety of sounds ranging from acoustic guitar to rap to funky metal. The folk rock band Which Doctors, of Lawrence, kicked off the event at noon, and Toad the Wet Sprocket played from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. to wrap up the night.
KU's Student Union Activities sponsors the free concert at the end of each school year. Melanie Tusquellas, SUA special events coordinator, said funding for the event came from Board of Class Officers, the Association of University Residence Halls, and Kansas Union revenue.
"THIS IS put on every year as a thank-you to the students," she said. "I think it's important to promote local and national music in a diverse way. We provide an outlet to hear music for free for people of all ages."
Tusquellas expected about 2,000 people to attend the concert by the end of the day.
"The local bands all have small followings and a lot of people are coming out to hear the national bands. It's a totally diverse crowd and that's what we were looking for," she said.
Student volunteers provided security during the concert. Tusquellas said she didn't expect any major disturbances or violations of restrictions on alcoholic beverages.
"As long as they don't have glass containers, they can have 3.2 beer," she said.
LISA MOLLAND and Karey Metcalf, KU seniors, said they were paying more attention to the people tossing frisbees and footballs than to the music.
"The bands are OK," Metcalf said. "It's kind of like sitting on the hill to watch football. You don't pay attention to the game."
"We're people-watching," Molland agreed. "We're out here to get some sun, hear some music and see the people."
Bryce Allen, Sarah Zimmerman and Dave Ricksucker travelled from Hutchinson for the High School Key Club Convention at the Lawrence Holidome. They heard about the concert and decided to spend a couple hours on the hill.
"It's pretty good. I was surprised," Ricksucker said.
Bands performing at Day on the Hill included 2-Mile Death Plunge, Chris Beneke Acoustic Set, Joe Worker, Sin City Disciples, The Fluid and Buffalo Tom. Local radio station KJHK's DJ Sir Light also performed.