JONESBORO — Tickets for the Inaugural Benefit Concert at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival go on sale Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at the Arkansas State University Box Office, Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive. The festival will be held Oct. 19-21 (Thursday through Saturday) in Dyess, Ark.
The concert on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 21, in the field adjacent to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, features Cash’s daughter Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson, both multiple Grammy Award winners, along with Johnny’s brother and sister Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash Yates, and a performance by country music singer Buddy Jewell.
Tickets will be available online, AState.edu/tickets, or at the Central Box Office on the A-State campus (Lower Red Entrance), (870) 972-2781 or (800) 745-3000. Tickets prices, including ALL performances, are $103 for premium seats and parking, $53 for reserved second tier seating and $28 for general admission seating where you bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets. (All ticket prices plus applicable handling fees).
The Inaugural Benefit Concert with Cash and Kristofferson will be the culmination of Saturday afternoon events on the field stage from 3-5 p.m.
A “Cash Homecoming” show by Joanne Cash and Tommy Cash will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Jewell, first winner of the hit television show Nashville Star and whose grandparents also were Dyess colonists, will kick off the Saturday musical events from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
All three Saturday afternoon performances are included in the price of the inaugural benefit concert. Ticket holders also will have access throughout the afternoon to food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and artists’ merchandise.
Along with the Saturday afternoon outdoor performances, the three-day festival will include a symposium from Thursday afternoon through Saturday morning in the Dyess Colony Circle, regional music in the Colony Circle on Thursday and Friday nights, a Memories of a Lifetime oral history project, and food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and demonstrations throughout the three days.
The idea for a heritage festival was born after the immensely successful slate of music concerts that began in 2011 in Jonesboro honoring Johnny Cash and benefitting restoration of his boyhood home. The next phase of the project will include rebuilding the outbuildings at the Cash farmstead, including the barn, smokehouse, chicken coop, and privy.
Go to JohnnyCashHeritageFestival.com for additional information as it becomes available.
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