The Hannibal Arts Council (HAC) will host a free bicentennial performance of Romancing the West, a critically-acclaimed time-traveling documentary concert, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St.

HANNIBAL, Mo. - The Hannibal Arts Council (HAC) will host a free bicentennial performance of Romancing the West, a critically-acclaimed time-traveling documentary concert, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St. The program is being presented in partnership with the Hannibal Bicentennial Committee.

Singer/songwriter Christina Lynn Martin and cowboy balladeer Butch Martin, who will be traveling through from their home in Applegate Valley in Oregon, take audiences on a 240-year journey through the American West, telling the epic story of Western Expansionism with rare historic photographs, film and original music. The two-hour show spans decades, from the Native tribes and the free trappers to the Spanish Missions and Gold Rush, the Indian Wars, through the Industrial Revolution and the Great Depression, World Wars and The Sixties to the present day.

Romancing the West delivers an epic journey through decades of social and political change to celebrate the pioneering human spirit and diverse legacy of the American West. Within the show is a moving tribute to veterans, a majestic musical tribute to National Parks, and to hometown America — including Hannibal.

The performance is free and open to the public, however, due to limited space, reservations are still suggested. For reservations go to Eventbrite.com (search for LIVE@105), call the Hannibal Arts Council at 573-221-6545 or stop by 105 S. Main St.

For more information on this and other Hannibal Arts Council programs, call 573-221-6545, stop by 105 S. Main St. or visit their website hannibalarts.com.