One evening of the 2013 Warfield Music Festival in Helena-West Helena will be dedicated to legendary entertainer Johnny Cash through a documented history of the Johnny Cash home followed by a tribute concert.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at PCCUA, Dr. Ruth Hawkins, of Arkansas State University, will document the history of the singer's boyhood home. A project to restore and preserve the home, which is now owned by ASU, is currently underway in Dyess. With plans to turn the site into a popular tourist attraction, the project is expected to pump tourism dollars in the community and have a positive economic impact. The two siblings of Johnny Cash have been instrumental in the restoration project providing detailed descriptions of furnishings and other period décor.
Following Hawkins' presentation, Phillip Bauer will bring the music of Cash back to life when he presents “A Tribute to Johnny Cash” at 7:30 p.m. in Lily Peter Auditorium. Turley Charitable Trust and the Mid America Arts Alliance are sponsoring this tribute show.
Bauer has been entertaining audiences for well over 25 years. His authentic look and amazing talent have led to sold-out shows across the country. Audience members say his commitment to the character he portrays captures the true essence of Johnny Cash as a man and entertainer.
Free tickets to this concert may be downloaded at www.warfieldconcerts.com. They are also available at the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce, and the Tourist Welcome Center – or by sending a SASE to P.O. Box 81, Helena, AR 72342 (four tickets honored per request). The same ticket may be used for every regular season concert. No children under the age of six will be admitted.