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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University will honor one of the most influential artists of all time, Johnny Cash, during the 21st Annual Music Masters/ series, presented by Klipsch Audio. The "Man in Black," who influenced not only his fellow country musicians, but also rockers from Bob Dylan to Social Distortion, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. The weeklong celebration, Oct. 17 to 22, will include the Annual Music Masters concert on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. 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."
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 are available now by contacting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's development office at 216-515-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Throughout his career Johnny Cash transcended genre boundaries and embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel," said Jason Hanley, Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. "The 21st Annual Music Masters concert will explore his many musical journeys and include performers who represent the broad range of his influence. What's so amazing about Cash is that almost every musician you ask will tell you that they love his music - from the rockabilly and country of his Sun Records recordings in the 1950s, and his outlaw image and his famous concerts at Folsom Prison and San Quentin, to his enduring love for June Carter Cash and their music work together (including the great "Ring of Fire"), or his later American Recordings music that frequently saw him putting his own unique musical fingerprints on some of rocks newest sounds (like Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" or Nine Inch Nails, "Hurt"). Fans will also be able to pay tribute to Cash and the longstanding popularity and impact of his work that lives on in our lives throughout the weeklong celebration. Music Masters is about bringing everything we do at the Rock Hall together to look at the life, music, and legacy of an artist."
The weeklong series of fan events begin Oct. 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.
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