Rock Hall to Co-Host Johnny Cash Tribute

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(Photo via Rock Hall courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment)

(Photo via Rock Hall courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment)

Johnny Cash will be the focus of a new weeklong celebration co-sponsored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University. A series of events honoring the late Man in Black will take place in Cleveland from October 17-22 and will include the Annual Music Masters concert on October 21, at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre.

“We are so grateful that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is honoring Johnny Cash for the 2016 Annual Music Masters series,” said John Carter Cash. “Our father remains one of the most enduring names in entertainment history, and this recognition helps further his legacy and inspire both existing fans as well as a whole new generation of Johnny Cash fans.”

The weeklong series begins on October 17 and will feature an exhibit opening, interviews, panels and educational programs, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. On October 21, Cash will be honored during the 21st Annual Music Masters series at Playhouse Square. Capping off the week, on October 22, fans will be able to participate in a Johnny Cash celebration at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with special guests and events exploring Cash’s impact on popular music.

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Tribute concert artists, ticket prices and event details will be announced next month. Members of Cash’s family are expected to attend the tribute concert to accept the award. A limited number of premium seating and VIP packages beginning at $300 are available now by contacting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s development office at (216) 515-1201 or

Cash died in 2003 at 71 as one of the most influential musicians of all time. His significant list of achievements includes a 1999 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a 1977 induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in the Rock Hall in 1992. He earned five Top 20 pop singles and a whopping 31 Top 5 country hits including this one…

Meanwhile, fans can “Walk the Line” to Cash’s tour bus at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame now through the end of October. The 40-foot vehicle, dubbed “J.C. Unit One,” transported Cash and his wife June, along with other artists. Logging more than a million miles in all. Tours on the bus are included with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame admission.

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