Gayville Hall celebrates Johnny Cash Saturday

Gayville Hall celebrates Johnny Cash Saturday Gayville Hall will present a concert, "A Celebration of Johnny Cash," and an art show inspired by the country-music legend at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, in Gayville.

Nick Schwebach, Owen DeJong, and John and Susan McNeill star in the musical tribute that was first presented before a standing-room-only crowd at the music hall last November.

April Gawboy of Meckling, who was in the audience that evening, was inspired by the show to create an acrylic portrait of Johnny Cash rendered in a vivid folk or pop art style. Subsequent paintings of June Carter Cash, Bob Dylan and other musicians associated with Cash during his career, including fellow members of the Highwaymen � Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings�� will also be on display.��

Johnny Cash "never sang a song that people didn't like or couldn't understand," said Gayville Hall emcee John McNeill. He weaves a commentary on Cash's life and music between numbers. He and wife Susan, of Springfield, also perform a tribute to Hank Williams with Schwebach and DeJong.

Schwebach, who plays lead guitar, and DeJong, on fiddle, are members of the band Poker Alice and have toured with Always ? Patsy Cline. They are from rural Wakonda.

Gawboy's paintings are displayed in the adjacent Gayville Gallery. A Minneapolis native, Gawboy has drawn since childhood and has been a professional illustrator and a technical draftsman, as well as a poet.�

Gayville Hall is located at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Tickets are $10 at the door or $12.50 for a reserved seat. Call (605) 267-2859.

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