United Way announces Johnny Cash tribute The United Way of Vermillion will present "A Celebration of Johnny Cash" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Theater as part of its annual fund-raising campaign.
Mary Merrigan, a member of the United Way board of directors, noted that the "Man in Black" represents the common man and life's struggles and that the United Way is concerned with the same. The show seemed like a great fit for Vermillion and United Way, she said.
Musicians John and Susan McNeill, Nick Schwebach and Owen DeJong first collaborated on the musical tribute to the late, great country singer at Gayville Hall last year and most recently presented it to an enthusiastic crowd at the Lauridsen Theatre in Okoboji, IA.
Johnny Cash "never sang a song that people didn't like or couldn't understand," said John McNeill, who weaves a commentary about the life and music of Johnny Cash between songs.
McNeill and wife Susan are musical hosts at Gayville Hall, where the musicians perform regularly and have developed their tributes. Schwebach, who plays lead guitar, and DeJong, on fiddle, are members of the Poker Alice band.
Tickets to the show are available for $10 from Nook 'N Cranny, 19 W. Main St., in Vermillion. They will cost $12.50 at the door.