OCT. 19-21, 2017 • DYESS, ARKANSAS
After the immensely successful music events honoring international music icon Johnny Cash and benefitting restoration of his boyhood home, a new chapter begins in 2017 with the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival.
Tickets on Sale
Tickets available online or at the Central Box Office on the A-State campus (Lower Red Entrance), 870-972-2781 or 800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $103 (premium chair seating–nontransferable on-site parking available), $53 (chair seating), and $28 (bring your own chairs or blankets).
The following artists will perform on Oct. 21, 2017, on the festival main stage, right outside the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home.
Connected to Dyess
Each performer in the inaugural lineup for the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival has a special connection to Dyess and the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project.
Rosanne became involved in 2011 when she offered to assist A-State in restoring the boyhood home by hosting an annual music festival. She has remained actively involved, making trips to the site each year during the restoration. Rosanne has donated numerous items from her father’s childhood in Dyess for display in the museum exhibits.
Kris Kristofferson performed at the first Johnny Cash Music Festival to pay tribute to his mentor and friend, Johnny Cash. He narrated the documentary produced from the 2011 music festival, which aired on PBS and is available on a DVD. He also serves as Honorary Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Boyhood Home Project.
& Tommy Cash
Joanne and Tommy have served as consultants on the entire restoration process. As the only two Cash siblings who were born in the house and lived there through their teenage years, they have provided detailed descriptions of furniture and accessories in the house, as well as placement of furnishings, to ensure restoration accuracy. They performed in the 2011 and 2012 Johnny Cash Music Festivals and hosted the 2013 festival. They have also donated family items to the project.
Buddy’s paternal and maternal grandparents were colonists at Dyess. He was born in nearby Lepanto and grew up in Osceola. As a young boy he lived in the Dyess Administration Building, which had been converted to apartments in the 1960s. He wrote a song titled “Dyess Arkansas,” which appears on his Times Like These album. He performed in the first Dyess Days event in 2006 to begin raising money for the restoration of the administration building.
Oct. 19-20, 2017
Arkansas roots music performances, sponsored by KASU Radio, will be held on the Commissary Stage in the Colony Circle on Thursday night and Friday night. This stage is over the foundation of the former Commissary or Cooperative Store that existed in the colony to meet colonists’ needs for food, clothing, seed and other farm supplies, and school supplies.
Music each evening will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Check back for announcements of the lineup.