Johnny Cash celebration in Vermillion on Nov. 20 Johnny Cash's guitar will be on stage for the first time since its recent acquisition by the National Music Museum when the United Way of Vermillion presents "A Celebration of Johnny Cash" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Theater.
John McNeill, who stars in the tribute with his wife Susan, lead guitarist Nick Schwebach and fiddler Owen DeJong, will play Cash's guitar during part of the show thanks to Andr� Larson and the National Music Museum.
Mary Merrigan, a member of the United Way board of directors, said that the "Man in Black" represents the common man and life's struggles and that the United Way is concerned with the same. It helps to support more than 25 local social service agencies, youth groups, and arts and cultural organizations and institutions in Vermillion.
The musicians first collaborated on this Johnny Cash musical tribute before sell-out crowds at Gayville Hall last year and most recently presented the show at the Lauridsen Theatre in Okoboji, IA.
The McNeills, of Springfield, are the regular musical hosts at Gayville Hall. Schwebach and DeJong are members of the band Poker Alice and live in rural Wakonda.
Audience members are encouraged to dress like the "Man in Black" to qualify for a door prize drawing. The VHS Dance Inferno will provide refreshments.
Tickets to the Johnny Cash show are available in advance for $10 from the Nook 'n Cranny, 19 W. Main St., in Vermillion. They will cost $12.50 at the door.