ONEONTA _ The band Eve 6 will headline a triple-bill for this year's OH Fest, scheduled for April 25.
OH Fest, hosted by Hartwick College and the State University College at Oneonta, will also feature The Ataris and Separate Ways, a Journey tribute band.
The lineup for the community street festival and concert, which is in its fourth year, was announced Tuesday by students from both colleges.
Mayor John Nader lauded OH Fest as a well-run event that helps bring the greater Oneonta community together with students from the two colleges.
"I think it's really the spring kickoff of the downtown events season," Nader said. "It builds a lot of good will for the downtown area."
OH Fest IV will feature a street festival on Main Street from 1 to 5 p.m. complete with a carnival-like atmosphere for all ages, organizers said. Live music and crafts will be featured, and food will be available. At 6 p.m., emcee Rahzel will usher in an evening of live music by the three bands in Neahwa Park.
OH Fest is free and open to the public.
Eve 6 is a pop-punk band from Southern California that rose to prominence in the late 1990s before disbanding in 2004.
The band reunited two years ago.
The Ataris is a pop-punk band from Indiana, while Separate Ways plays classic arena-rock hits by Journey.
In the event of severe inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Alumni Field House at SUNY Oneonta.
Nader said OH Fest has become an entrenched tradition in the city. The previous versions have drawn thousands of people downtown and thousands more to Neahwa Park.
"It's hard to believe this is the fourth time around," Nader said. "This is a tradition I would love to see the campuses sustain."
The chances of that are pretty good, said Hartwick College senior Nick Forst, who was a volunteer at the first OH Fest and has been an organizer since.
Forst said most of the Hartwick students on the OH Fest committee are underclassmen.
Planning for the event begins in October and is hard work, but the payoff is big when thousands of people from the college and the community have a good time, Forst said.
The process of coordinating such a large event with city officials has also become streamlined over the last four years, he said.
"It gets easier every year," he said.
"It almost runs itself now," Nader said.
The students are planning to increase the number of crafters and live bands on Main Street, as well as the number of restroom facilities for the concert in Neahwa Park.
Proceeds from food sales in the park, fees collected from craft vendors and charitable donations will be given to charities to be announced, according to a media release from the students.
A "Battle of the Bands" will be held April 1 at Foothills Performing Arts Center to determine which bands will perform during the street festival.