Montani Semper Liberi — Music And Art Is Saturday at Oak Glen

The inaugural Montani Semper Liberi – Music and Art, a festival to take place at Oak Glen High School in New Cumberland, on Saturday, March 21, will be composed of two separate public events.

A large fair, free and open to the public, will be held in the commons area of the facility, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending that evening. Two complete sessions of concerts, requiring paid admission and featuring a number of internationally renowned musical artists, will take place on the Little Theatre stage.

The commons area will be populated with local and regional artists, authors, crafters and vendors offering a wide variety of quality products for display and/or sale. A highlight will be a three-hour time period, from approximately 1:45-:45 p.m., when the focus of the entertainment and activities will be showcased in the area of the vendors and crafters.

Musical performances in the Little Theatre are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with doors to open at 9:30 a.m. The concerts will be set up in two sessions with four main-stage and three side-stage performances in each block of shows. Advance tickets are on sale. There will be one set price for those purchasing passes at the door.

Session I will include main-stage sets by the Henry Mancini Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble, Dog & Gun, the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.

Based in central West Virginia, Dog & Gun members include Trent Porter, a Chester resident and Oak Glen graduate, on banjo and guitar.

The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, from western Pennsylvania, is an Appalachian quartet formerly known as the Weedrags. Guthrie and Irion are a husband-wife, guitar-playing, singer-songwriting duo performing together since 2000. Guthrie is the youngest daughter of Arlo Guthrie; Irion is the grand-nephew of author John Steinbeck.

Session II will kick off at approximately 4:45 p.m. and include main-stage sets by Mo’ Mojo, the Corey Harris Band, the David Mayfield Parade and Birds of Chicago.

Mo’ Mojo is billed as “a Zydeco jam experience.” Harris, one of the most recognizable names preserving the blues tradition, was the narrator and featured artist in the 2003 Martin Scorcese film, “Feels Like Going Home,” which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern United States. For the show at Oak Glen, Harris will be backed by his full band.

Mayfield was born and spent much of his childhood in Kent, Ohio, before his family moved to Nashville. Birds of Chicago is a collective built around the husband and wife duo of J.T. Nero and Allison Russell.

In addition to the eight main-stage sets, six side-stage sets will be interspersed throughout the day. Those slots will be filled by established and aspiring solo artists from the community. Performing in Session I will be Bob Walker, Bill Crawford and Eli Murphy. Session II performers will be Nikyah Beckwith, Luis Neer and Savanah Bailey.

For ticket information, call 304-374-7474.

Tickets can be purchased at the event’s website: or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope and check made payable to Montani Semper Liberi – Music and Art at 39 Golden Bear Drive, New Cumberland, WV 26047.