Hillside Sunday sessions highlight the weekend
By RACHAEL GRAY
When local music enthusiasts Sean Collins and Zac Snyder and the Williams couple who live on Hillside Ranch formed Ad Astra Out West, part of their mission was to stimulate the local music scene, while encouraging young musicians to be inspired and involved.
What came from that was the formation of the The Hillside Sunday Sessions, a day-long music festival held in June 2012.
This year, the festival has grown into a two-day event.
The Hillside Sunday Sessions 2013 will be held Saturday and Sunday at Hillside Ranch, 3319 N. VFW Road.
Saturday's music will begin at 5 p.m., and will be rock-oriented performances.
Bands on Saturday include She Said, The Scud, DV8, Trevino, Dishonorable Bastards and The Hemorrhoids.
Sunday's music starts at 11:30 a.m. and bands include Ian Gibbons, The Bad Boy Yardies, Bob Prewitt, Pause Upon a Breath, Stienski, 9 Foot Squirrel, Norman & Clark, The Fog, Fresh Picked Parsley, Guns on Mars, Derek Releford, Fiz Gig, Willis Pracht, The Mishaps, Boy Wonder and Third Degree.
Colin and Airianna Williams live on the Hillside Ranch. The couple has said they want to get back to having music events at the ranch, like Colin's family used to.
"This is a purely community-based event that supports local musicians and promotes local business," Colin said.
Airianna stressed that the event is family-oriented.
"It's Mother's Day weekend. Bring your mom, bring your kids. It's a family affair. There will be something out here for everyone," she said.
Cheyenne Mouser, vocalist and mandolin player for Picked Parsley, said the band brings their children to practices and performances.
"Fresh Picked Parsley brings their kids to most events. It's part of our family time, really. Plus music is good for everyone," she said.
Colin said there will be games, a bubble station and horseshoe throwing for kids.
"So many of the people here in bands have kids, so it's natural to bring them along to something like this," he said.
Airianna said after last year's event, a lot more local bands showed interest in performing at this year's festival.
"We had so many local artists who contacted us about wanting to perform after last year," she said.
According to Collins, that shows the strength and the vibrance of the local music scene in Garden City.
"I think it says a lot that every band who performed last year immediately contacted us wanting to perform again this year," he said.
Collins encourages people to get out to attend the event.
"This is a celebration of all of the local musicians here. It's a very family-oriented event with good people and good music," he said.
Collins said Saturday's event will feature underground rock'n roll more geared toward older audiences, while Sunday's performances and activities are for the whole family.
In between Saturday and Sunday, festival-goers may camp in tents on the Hillside property. A bonfire will be lit, weather permitting. Those with campers should contact the organizers, Adastraoutwest@gmail.com.
Emmaus House will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages on Saturday to raise money for their car shows.
On Sunday, Devan Fort will cook barbecue pork, nachos and hot dogs. Emmaus House will be selling beverages.
Sandy Cauthon and her mother, Jeannette Kreie, of Scott City, will be selling Mom & Grandma's Lemonade again this year.
T-shirts designed by local artist Bruce Quinones will be on sale at the event.
Festival-goers can bring alcoholic beverages into the festival, but none will be sold on the grounds. Gate keepers will be checking IDs upon entrance to the festival.
Admission is $15 up until Friday night. On Saturday, wristbands will be $20 at the gate. The wristbands cover both days and are available at The Arts Center on Main, 318 N. Main St., Legends Salon, 109 W. Grant Ave., and Fourwinds Bar and Grill, 1604 Buffalo Jones Ave.
Tickets also are available at Percival Packing in Scott City and Quick Draw Oil Change in Dodge City.
For more information, visit the Facebook page, "The Hillside Sunday Sessions '13."
Other events this weekend include:
*Real Men Real Leaders Banquet — The RMRL banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave. RMRL is a group of Hispanic men who mentor fifth- and sixth-grade boys who attend Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center. The evening's keynote speaker is Col. Ernest E. Garcia, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Garcia grew up in Garden City and his father was the first Hispanic mayor and his mother was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the USD 457 Board of Education. The program is new, and this will be the first banquet to recognize those involved.
*Sandsage Bison Range and Wildlife Tours — Friends of the Sandsage Bison Range and Wildlife Area guides will be available to give tours of the herd and wildlife area. The first tour will leave at 9 a.m. and the last at 1 p.m. No registration is required; participants are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of Sandsage Bison Range & Wildlife Area.
For more information, call 276-8886 or (620) 474-3645.
*Pizza and Movie Night: Featuring "October Baby," 7 p.m. at Church of the Brethren, 505 N. Eighth St. Free event featuring the movie, pizza, popcorn, candy and beverages (donations will be accepted). For more information, call 276-7391.
*String Academy of the Plains Concert-- The concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Congregational Church, 710 N. Third St. Admission is free and a reception will follow.