The success that was Hillside 2008 could go down in Bellarmine history. The headlining act, Sara Bareilles, has a current radio hit, the tickets sold out and it didn’t even rain. The event had an incredible turnout and the audience seemed to really enjoy the show.
Bellarmine Activities Council’s (BAC) annual spring event was held Friday, April 18 in the SuRF Center parking lot. The sell-out show featured three artists: Raining Jane, Rachel Yamagata and Sara Bareilles.
The concert started at 6:30 p.m. with California-based Raining Jane. The diverse sound and energy the band brought to the stage was a surprising success to those in the audience. Many students had not heard of the band before, but all were very impressed with their music and really enjoyed the show they put on.
“I think they were a strong opening show,” sophomore Meredith McCann said. “The performance was very high energy, and I think the crowd really fed off of that.”
Second to come on stage was artist Rachael Yamagata. Though a far lower key show than the previous, Yamagata put on an excellent show that exhibited her beautiful lyrics and voice.
After the concert was over, Yamagata was kind enough to give an interview where she spoke about her creative process and what it is like to be a successful musician. “Some days it will be really cool and people will seem really excited to see me, and then others I get someone asking if that’s my guitar and if I play, or telling me to keep on trying and that I’ll make it big someday. It’s a struggle, but I love it,” Yamagata said.
Yamagata will be releasing a new album in late July and going on a headlining tour possibly in the late summer. She also said she was touched by the kindness and enthusiasm during her visit to Bellarmine and really enjoyed her time here. The official recorded interview will be aired on BU Radio soon.
Sara Bareilles was the headlining and closing act of Hillside. She kept the crowd happy playing songs off her album and entertained them with witty banter. She saved her hit single, “Love Song,” until she neared the end of her set to keep the audience on their toes. Her encore was perhaps the most enjoyable part of her show because it was just her and the piano performing two ballads from her album.
BAC and the Hillside committee began planning in January with the search to find a band they believed students would like, who was also within BAC’s budget. Though the final decision of Sara Bareilles was widely accepted and successful, the path to that verdict was a long and difficult one. The final decision was determined by a vote among the student body via email.
BAC officer Rachel Keyser stated that “lots of ideas were thrown around at meetings, and we decided to appease the student body since it’s so hard to find a genre that everyone will agree with. By putting it up to a vote we were able to narrow our options and find someone the students really wanted to see.”
The Hillside committee announced the final decision of Sara Bareilles to the students and the public on Feb. 7, and tickets went on sale shortly after. Students were able to get a ticket for free with their student ID and the general public could purchase them at the bookstore and ear-X-tacy for ten and eleven dollars, respectively. The tickets sold out incredibly fast, and sales between students of the tickets ran rampant on social networking web sites.
By Natalie Fisher
This story originally appeared in the April 24, 2008, issue of The Concord.
Photo by Geoff Oliver Bugbee