Montani Semper Liberi – Music & Art is back in full force, filling the void created by the postponed three-day festival from March 2020, MSL – Music & Art at Oak Glen VI, with six separate events scheduled at five venues across the region in over the next month.
The first will be a day-long festival from noon to 8 p.m. Labor Day on September 6 at the Davis Brothers Pavilion in Chester (WV) City Park. Presented as MSL – Music & Art in the Park, there will be four acts on the main stage throughout the day with headliners The Commonheart expected to take the stage shortly before 6 p.m. and close. the event.
Commonheart’s reputation as one of the country’s vibrant shows will be on full display to all. Their energetic shows offer “A positivity of well-being, messages of the golden rule and sweat-soaked performances that move with agility through blues, vintage soul and rock”. With the gritty vocals, rock riffs and brass of frontman Clinton Clegg, The Commonheart delivers a sound full of emotion and soul that lights up any stage. The nine-piece group’s busy summer touring schedule includes stops at prestigious outdoor festivals such as the Denver (CO) Day of Rock and Bristol (TN) Roots and Rhythm Reunion 2021. The band has performed to live performances. packed New York City at The Fillmore. in San Francisco.
Just before The Commonheart, the event’s next final performance will feature Hillary Klug, two-time National Buck Dance Champion, violin prodigy and global internet superstar. “Hillary Klug is known for her simultaneous violin and dancing. With humble beginnings as a street artist in Nashville, she went from the streets to the symphony thanks to her success on social media. (Hillary has 1.2 million Facebook followers.) Since becoming an internet sensation, she has performed in theaters around the world and one of her CDs peaked at # 4 in the Billboard charts. Hillary will follow her performance at Chester City Park with a free show the following evening, September 7, at Saddle Ridge Bar and Grill in Chester.
Columbiana-based The Conkle Brothers will be the second of four main stage acts to perform. The brothers’ journey as young musicians began in Rochester, NY, immersing themselves in “Everything and everything related to music” then took them to two amazing years in Colorado Springs, Colorado where they continued to grow as musicians and evolve as songwriters. From there they moved to Northeastern Ohio where they settled and lead the booming music scene currently taking place in Columbiana.
The very popular Fred Ludovici-Steve Poole-Joe Ludovici Trio will kick off the performances on the main stage. They have long been recognized, throughout their solo and collective careers, at the forefront of the tri-state region’s most respected musical artists. Fred wrote the song “Mister. Rock n Roll” for the PBS documentary “Rock legends” and his song “Fancy” was in the movie “The balance.” In various collectives and with their band Mad River Men, they have performed with and in support of notables such as Kansas, The Outlaws, the Charlie Daniels Band, Blackhawk, The Clarks and many more.
Another highlight of the day’s musical entertainment will be the side performances of 11-year-old drumming freak Asa Brewer, a resident of Chester.
In addition to the full day of music, the works of vendors, artisans, artists and artisans in the region will be exhibited and sold. For those interested, sales spaces and visual artists remain available. Chester VFW Post 6450 will take care of the catering services provided. All proceeds from the sale fees will be donated to Chester City Park.
Admission is free for all ages to attend MSL – Music & Art in the Park. For more information or to inquire about a sales area, call 304-374-7474. Participants are reminded to bring a garden chair. Chester (WV) City Park’s address is 375 West Carolina Avenue / Chester, WV.