Festival celebrates music, culture

It will be a celebration of music, crafts and culture this weekend at Oak Glen High School with the return of Montani Semper Liberi — Music and Art.

In its third year, the locally organized festival is expanding to three days, with even more entertainment, vendors and other offerings available Friday through Sunday.

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 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.

The event has been the brainchild of Matt Cashdollar, a Hancock County educator and advisor for Oak Glen Middle’s Culture Club. First held in 2015 as a one-day event, it has brought a variety of entertainment from across the country to the Ohio Valley, showcasing everything from the written word to art to just about every type of music imaginable.

Live musical performances this year will include such acts as John Rizzi, The War and Treaty, Risky Behavior, the Dustbowl Revival, Parsonfield, the Sweet Water Warblers, The Tillers, Upstate Rubdown, the Wonder Junkies, Not Quite Pious and much more.

There also will be appearances by authors Steve Logston, Blaine Short, Linda S. Gribko and Scott Paulsen, a Pittsburgh media personality and Oak Glen graduate.

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.


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