JONESBORO – With the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival just three weeks away, tickets are still available for fans who wish to attend the cotton field concert, next to the Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess. Dates for the three-day festival are Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19. The concert is slated to run from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Acclaimed musical artists and Grammy Award-winners Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart are concert headliners, along with Johnny Cash siblings Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash, members of the Cash family and Cory Jackson, the 2018 ACMA “Country Artist of the Year” and current contestant on the television program, “The Voice.”
Concert ticket prices are $35 plus applicable fees for general admission and $100 plus applicable fees for reserved chair seating. Friday afternoon special presentations hosted by Rosanne Cash at the Dyess Community Center are $15.
Special presenters include Pam Baucom, co-producer of the eight-part Ken Burns documentary “Country Music,” which aired on PBS in September; Grammy and Emmy Award-winning director Thom Zimny, who will discuss his new documentary, “The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash”; and William Ferris, who won two Grammys for “Voices of Mississippi,” a gathering of field recordings of blues and gospel singers and storytellers.
Tickets may be purchased through the festival website, JohnnyCashHeritageFestival.com, or by contacting the Central Box Office in the Arkansas State University First National Bank Arena at the lower red entrance at 870-972-2781 or 800-745-3000.
A limited number of parking passes for the field adjacent to the concert are available to $100 ticket purchasers for $50 until spaces run out. They can be purchased by contacting the Central Box Office at the above numbers. Parking passes cannot be purchased online. Passes will be mailed out, along with a parking map, directions and instructions.
Symposium events throughout the day Thursday and on Friday morning at the Dyess Colony Visitors Center, along with Thursday and Friday night’s “KASU Music Nights,” (regional music) in the Dyess Colony Circle, are free and open to the public. The theme for this year’s academic symposium is “Our Musical Genealogy: Country Music and the American Experience.”
The festival is coordinated through Arkansas State University Heritage Sites and licensed through the John R. Cash Revocable Trust.