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Readers Blog: Intern Team: Ashley Altadonna

Putting the Chill on the Hill


Sometimes living in a city can make you feel like you’re lost in the crowd. I’m thinking back to standing in the midst of last month’s Brady Street Festival. It seemed as if all of our fair city jammed itself into three small blocks, elbow to elbow. In those moments it’s easy to get overwhelmed despite all the fun going on around you.

But in contrast, tonight’s Chill on the Hill had the opposite effect.  The perfect weather, bands and audience conspired to create a perfect summer concert! I sadly missed the opener, but they sounded good from the minute I caught of their last song as my wife and I made our way up the hill. We spotted several of our friends almost immediately. 

I was very excited to see the two headlining bands Testa Rosa and The Championship, and they didn’t disappoint. The fact that two of my favorite Milwaukeeans happened to be in each band, only added to the evening’s genial atmosphere. 

Indie rockers Testa Rosa were completely charming. They resemble a somewhat sweeter pop version of The New Pornographers, with lots of melodic bits and lush harmonies. The Championship lie comfortably in the indie-alt-county territory but remain fresh sounding. It was my first time to see each of my friends’ bands and, as I often am, I was blown away by the talent of music we have here in Milwaukee. Seriously, go check out these bands NOW!

Of course, Chill on the Hill wouldn’t be complete without the requisite surplus of kids and pooches. I was feeling so connected to my community that I signed up to become a member of the Bay View Neighborhood Association and got one of their sweet fox logo tees. 

So next time your stressing about the construction on I-94, or the crowds at Summerfest or whatever … consider stopping in Bay View to literally Chill on the Hill!

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