The musical legacy of Johnny Cash will be saluted by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western University for the 21st annual Music Masters Series, a week-long event which hits Cleveland, Ohio in October and culminates with the Music Masters concert on October 21st.
A highly influential figure for country and rock musicians alike, the Man in Black entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, two years before his American Recordings collaboration with Rick Rubin would introduce him to an entirely new audience. A 1980 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Cash is one of a small handful of artists to be welcomed by both institutions.
“We are so grateful that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is honoring Johnny Cash for the 2016 Annual Music Masters series,” said John Carter Cash in a release. “Our father remains one of the most enduring names in entertainment history, and this recognition helps further his legacy and inspire both existing fans as well as a whole new generation of Johnny Cash fans.”
The annual week-long Music Masters series gets underway October 17th in Cleveland, with the Music Masters tribute concert taking place at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre on October 21st at 7:30 p.m. ET. The list of performers for the tribute concert will be revealed later, but members of the Cash family are expected to be in attendance. Additionally, a Johnny Cash celebration for fans will be held October 22nd at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Currently, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is displaying Cash’s tour bus through the end of October. Dubbed “J.C. Unit One,” the coach was home away from home for Cash and wife June Carter Cash while they toured. Bus tours are included with admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.