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September 14, 2013

City of the Hills Fine Art and Music Festival: Event sees new date, expanded location

The 11th annual City of the Hills Art and Music Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Not only has the date changed to coincide with the Oneonta city-wide Grand and Glorious garage sale on Saturday, the venue has expanded, as well.

“I think this year will be perfect,” said Robert Roman, City of the Hills organizer and State University College at Oneonta associate professor of music. “The people coming in for Grand and Glorious will be able to come to us and look at some very fine art and listen to some really good music.”

The festival will take place on the grounds of Wilber Mansion and the adjacent Dietz Street parking lot. New this year is a beer garden featuring four draft and 10 bottles of different craft beers. The beer garden will be on the grounds of Wilber Mansion.

In addition, there will be live music from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the city band shell.

“It is an exciting opportunity,” said Paul Carter, SUNY music professor and member of the band The Phakers. “This festival has not really focused on music in the past. The music was more in the background. But this year, they are putting some good bands on a stage.”

One focus of this year’s event was to feature various types of art, Roman said.“We are trying to make a statement that we experience all sorts of art.”

The band line-up includes Cliff Schadt, Ethan Harris, Mountebank Brothers, Northern Blanks, Otesaga Jazz Quartet with Dana Marcine, One Click Culture, The Phakers, The Fist and Jeremy Wall & the Oneonta Funk Band, featuring Spyro Gyra founding member Jeremy Wall.

“We have a diverse collection of musicians from solo performers, jazz ensembles, Grateful Dead and Phish music, and bluegrass — the Otesaga Hotel donated their house jazz band for the day,” Roman said.

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