As artists such as Metallica and Korn brought thousands to Louisville over the weekend for the annual Louder Than Life Festival, a new music festival unique to Hardin County was created on Saturday.
The doors opened at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for the Hills N ‘Holler Music Festival on Saturday morning and the opening act of the day took the stage at noon. From there, the music continued until midnight.
Organizer Andi Tonietti said Saturday’s clear skies and temperatures in the 70s certainly worked in the festival’s favor.
“It’s so nice to see people come out and enjoy music again,” she said.
The festival’s lineup included local artists and national tours including Casey & Romy, Miles Apart, Sadie McClendon, Kevin Jaggers, The Andy Brashear Band, Mudbone & the Ruckus and Dallas Moore.
Miles Apart opened the music day, followed by Casey and Romy. Composed of Casey Mink on guitar and vocals and Romina Torres on vocals, Casey and Romy were respectively accompanied by Brian Horsley and Jeffery Scott on bass and drums during their performance.
Mink said he was impressed with the festival’s output, noting that the stage setup and sound were impressive, especially since this was the festival’s first year.
“The production is first class,” he said.
In addition to live music, the festival also featured several craft vendors and food trucks. Members of the motorcycle charity Bikers Against Child Abuse also had a booth at the festival.
Cindy and Kevin Rogers of Bowling Green drove to Hardin County to attend the festival. Kevin said they recently moved from Arizona to Kentucky and are trying to make an effort to attend music festivals and events in the area.
Kevin said that while they were drawn to the festival because of Moore’s headlining performance, they mostly enjoyed discovering artists they had never heard before during the festival.
“It’s nice to see someone show up,” he said.
About 29 volunteers helped make the event possible on Saturday, taking care of tasks such as parking and meeting artists, Tonietti said. The festival is organized by a committee of five, all female, as well as a subcommittee.
“We want to make sure that we raise our hands as a board of directors and say ‘We want something a little different to bring to our community,’” Tonietti said.
Tonietti said Saturday’s event was just the start of the festival. She said that next year she hopes to make the festival a multi-day event with multiple stages. She said she also hopes the festival can achieve 501 © (3) status next year in order to donate the proceeds to nonprofits that benefit military veteran causes.
“We can’t wait to see this thing grow every year,” she said.