Johnny Cash celebration in Vermillion Saturday

Johnny Cash celebration in Vermillion Saturday Johnny's 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 Saturday at the Vermillion High School theatre.

John McNeill of Springfield, who is the regular musical host at Gayville Hall, stars in the tribute with his wife Susan, lead guitarist Nick Schwebach and fiddler Owen DeJong. McNeill will play Cash's guitar during part of the show, courtesy of Andr� Larson and the National Music Museum.

The musical show will benefit the United Way of Vermillion, which helps to support more than 25 local social service agencies, youth groups, and arts and cultural organizations and institutions.

The musicians first collaborated on this Johnny Cash tribute before sell-out crowds in Gayville last year and recently presented the show at the Lauridsen Theatre in Okoboji, IA.

Schwebach and DeJong have also starred with the McNeills in a Hank Williams tribute and are members of the Poker Alice Band.

Audience members who dress like the "Man in Black" will qualify for a door prize drawing. The VHS Dance Inferno will provide refreshments.

Tickets 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.

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