Rock Hall To Honor Johnny Cash

The “Man in Black,” who influenced not only his fellow country musicians, but also rockers from Bob Dylan to Trent Reznor, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. The weeklong celebration, October 17 to 22, 2016, will include the Annual Music Masters concert on Friday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. EDT at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre.
A vintage promo photo of Johnny Cash A vintage promo photo of Johnny Cash Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
Tribute concert artists, ticket prices and event details will be announced in September. Members of Cash’s family are expected to attend the tribute concert to accept the award. The concert will include a star-studded line up of artists that highlight all sides and genres of the musical icon loved by many. 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, or by completing the form below.

The weeklong series of fan events begin on Monday, October 17 and will feature an exhibit opening, interviews, panels and educational programs, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. On Friday, October 21, Cash will be honored during the 21st Annual Music Masters series at Playhouse Square. Capping off the week, on Saturday, 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. Details and a complete schedule of events will be announced in September.

Fans looking to get their Cash fix now can ‘Walk the Line’ to his tour bus at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame now through the end of October. The “Man in Black’s” 40-foot ebony and silver rolling sanctuary, dubbed “J.C. Unit One,” transported Cash and his wife June, along with a cast of characters that came together for various tours, including the 1991 Highwayman Tour with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Throughout his career, Cash’s travels informed the inspired candor of his songwriting and quite literally took his music cross-country, putting more than 1 million miles on the bus. Tours on the bus are included with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame admission.

Each year, the Music Masters series explores the legacy of one of those pioneering figures in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education department. Drawing together music experts, artists, fans and friends, these events aim to provide new perspectives on some of the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century. The Music Masters series began in 1996 when the museum paid tribute to Woody Guthrie with a 10-day celebration of his life and legacy. Other honorees include Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, Janis Joplin, Jimmie Rodgers and more.

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