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) (SOLD OUT), and $28 (bring your own chairs or blankets).
The following artists will perform on Saturday, 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.
KASU Music Nights
Oct. 19-20, 2017
5-9 p.m. Thursday
5-10 p.m. Friday
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.
Thursday, October 19
5 p.m. Rockin’ Luke Stroud
6 p.m. The Vikki McGee Three
7 p.m. Apple, Setser and Rounds with Tim Crouch and Irl Hees
8 p.m. Drive South
Friday, October 20
5 p.m. Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin
6 p.m. The Creek Rocks
7 p.m. The Zyndall Wayne Raney Band
8 p.m. The Legendary Pacers
9 p.m. Queen Ann Hines and the Memphis Blues Masters
About the Musicians
Rockin’ Luke Stroud
A crowd-pleaser throughout Northeast Arkansas since he was nine years old, Stroud is a Million Dollar Quartet enthusiast and disciple who will bring the sounds of rockabilly’s golden era to the festival.
The Vikki McGee Three
McGee, a Louisiana native and descendent of a legendary Cajun musical family, leads a talented trio featuring acoustic guitar, electric bass and drums. The diversified set will include pop, rock and country hits along with original music.
Apple, Setser & Rounds with Tim Crouch & Irl Hees
Country, folk and Americana favorites in three-part harmony with great acoustical instrumental backing, blended with the fiddling of Crouch and the bass of Hees promises fantastic sounds from the Ozark Hills.
A high-energy, multi-faceted group of musicians with deep musical roots in various genres will find common ground with a rockabilly sound that will honor Johnny Cash’s Sun Records musical heritage.
Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin
Original performance that touches on jazz, country, bluegrass and western – all performed with distinctive arrangements by the creative couple.
The Creek Rocks
Like Johnny Cash, who recorded volumes of folk material, The Creek Rocks is dedicated to preserving and passing on the area’s musical heritage with their talent, humor and ability to engage the audience.
The Zyndall Wayne Raney Band
Joined by performers with decades of experience in the nightclubs of Arkansas’ Rock and Roll Highway, the Zyndall Wayne Raney band will entertain with the sounds of rockabilly, rhythm and soul, blues and country.
The Legendary Pacers
The Legendary Pacers will perform as a tribute to Sonny Burgess, who died Aug. 18. Early in their careers, Sonny and the Pacers opened for Johnny Cash and served as the backing band on early Roy Orbison tours. Formed in 1955, their first record was “We Wanna Boogie” in 1956 for Sun Records, followed by “Red Headed Woman.” The band spans more than 60 years in the music business and are among rockabilly’s true pioneers..
Queen Ann Hines and the Memphis Blues Masters
Hines has shared the stage with performers such as B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Maynard Ferguson, The Bar-Kays and performed for the Pope with Dionne Warwick in Vatican City. Hines was given the endearing title of Queen after impressing the Italian public for over a decade with her performances at the Poretta Soul Festival.