The temperature dropped, the winds picked up, and the Indians high school football game competed for attention, but Hillsboro’s first Under the Radar music festival took place Friday.
The event marked one of the few city-planned events this year that was not canceled by inclement weather or other disasters, and a small but appreciative crowd enjoyed and evening featuring various musical performers.
For instance, the first time the music festival, scheduled for June, was canceled when AEP suffered a massive power outage. Outdoor movie nights at Liberty Park have almost all been canceled due to bad weather.
On Friday, the night kicked off with “The Electric Amish,” who have appeared on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show.” The three-man band combines comedy and music for family-friendly entertainment, and on Friday performed spoofs of popular songs with different lyrics, often playing on the Amish lifestyle.
Also scheduled was John Scott, a local musician performing an acoustic set of original songs. The “Curious Animals” featured Dayton’s Reyna Spears and Dana Farley. Also on the bil was Noah Smith, who first played Hillsboro with his rock band while he was still in high school. Last year he was nominated for Cincinnati’s Entertainment Awards in three categories: Best New Artist, Best Country Artist, and Best Singer/Songwriter.
The festival, which also featured vendors on hand, was part of an initiative by Mayor Drew Hastings to hold more events in Hillsboro. Hastings, who served as emcee for the series of performers, said Friday the event was a starting point.
“Hillsboro hasn’t been used to regular entertainment events,” he said. “This is something to build on.”
The festival was held on Gov. Trimble Place, the proposed location for a new plaza in the uptown region, plans for which are currently progressing through Hillsboro City Council. The plaza would be used for special events such as music festivals.