Kansas University students Catherine Lewis and Erinn Barcomb were thrilled to take a break from finals preparations Saturday to join the thousands of other students at Day on the Hill.
The KU Student Union Activities group played host to the 16th annual Day on the Hill. The event featured bands, Farmer's Ball, The Secondhands, The Youngblood Brass Brand, Pomeroy, The Daybirds and headliner Fastball.
The free concert on the west side of Campanile Hill began at noon and lasted until 6:30 p.m. Some students played Frisbee, others played Hacky Sack, many danced and some just relaxed in the sun while they listened to the music.
Alex Kissel, live music coordinator for SUA, said the concert was put together to thank students, faculty and the Lawrence community for their support and attendance at SUA events throughout the year.
"It's a free gift that people really seem to enjoy," Kissel said.
Kissel said coordinating the event was no easy task. He said SUA's Day on the Hill committee members began with a list of almost 90 bands and then narrowed the selection to the six. He said the selection consisted of many factors.
"We took student opinion polls, talked with committee members and tried to pull from local bands," Kissel said. "It's really nice to be able to support the local bands through this event."
SUA has hosted bands in the past such as Pearl Jam, They Might Be Giants, The Urge, Gin Blossoms and Urge Overkill.
Co-sponsors of the event were Coca-Cola, KJHK, Prepress, Sun Promotions, Chipotle, UPS and Student Senate.
SUA also provided bus rides from Daisy Hill for students.
Lewis has come to the event the last four years and she said this was one of the best concerts, "There was a lot of variety," Lewis said. "They were great bands to listen to."
Traci Pillard, who will be SUA's live music coordinator next year, said she'll start planning for the 2002 lineup sometime in November or December. She said she didn't have any bands in particular in mind quite yet.
Pillard said she was pleased with the turnout with students attendance at the event and the weather.
"We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day to have this," Pillard said. "It's sunny, warm and everyone is having a great time."