Event showcases music, culture

A love of music, crafts and culture will be on display this weekend at Oak Glen High School with the return of Montani Semper Liberi — Music and Art.

The locally organized festival is three days of unique entertainment, vendors and other offerings.

Four sessions of entertainment — which will require the purchase of tickets — will be held in the school’s Little Theatre, including a variety of nationally known touring bands and musicians, as well as performers from Oak Glen and East Liverpool high schools.

In addition, there will be a commons area featuring regional authors, artisans, crafters and vendors, galleries of visual art media and “the Porch” with even more live entertainment. Those areas are all free to those in attendance.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Matt Cashdollar, a Hancock County educator and adviser for Oak Glen Middle’s Culture Club, this one-of-a-kind area event continues.

It has grown from a one-day presentation in 2015 to an event that continues to attract a top-quality list of entertainment from across the country to the Ohio Valley, showcasing everything from the written word to art to various types of music.

Live musical performances this year will feature acts including the Hackensaw Boys; Saving Country Music/The War and Treaty; Cedric Burnside Project; Molly Tuttle; Possessed by Paul James; Dori Freeman; and the Early Mays with Cellist Nicole Myers.

There also will be appearances by several Tri-State Area favorites, including Sharyn Vinci & da Boyz, the Mojo Trio, Echo Valley, Doug Smith, Mulefactory, Ben Flint and the Wilson Mountain Ramblers. In addition, In Memory of Brett Hartenbach, a gathering of the East Liverpool native’s family and friends (including Rachael Davis, with whom Brett toured for nearly eight years) is scheduled for the festival’s final afternoon.

We thank everyone involved in putting this year’s Montani Semper Liberi event together, from the coordinators to the performers, and encourage area residents to take time to check it out this weekend.