This past Friday, Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys paid tribute to their friend and collaborator, Johnny Cash, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 21st Annual Music Masters at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre in Cleveland. The Johnny Cash tribute concert, the pinnacle of a week of events paying tribute to the Man in Black, featured one-of-a-kind performances from The Oak Ridge Boys, Sam Bush, Paul Cauthen, Ana Cristina, Ira Dean, Nikki Lane, Terry McBride, Bill Miller, Charlie Worsham, Cash’s longtime drummer WS Holland, Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Eilen Jewell and L.A. punk band X, while John Carter Cash served as executive bandleader and keyboardist Tony Harrell as band director.
Each year, the Music Masters series explores the legacy of one of those pioneering figures through a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education department. Drawing together music experts, artists, fans and friends, these events aim to provide new perspectives on some of the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century. The Music Masters series began in 1996 when the museum paid tribute to Woody Guthrie with a 10-day celebration of his life and legacy. Other honorees have included Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, Janis Joplin, Jimmie Rodgers and more.
Christmas Celebration Tour 2016 Dates:
Nov 1, 2016 Branson, Mo. The Mansion Theatre
Nov 3, 2016 Branson, Mo. The Mansion Theatre
Nov 9, 2016 Branson, Mo. The Mansion Theatre
Nov 10, 2016 Branson, Mo. The Mansion Theatre
Nov 15, 2016 Branson, Mo. The Mansion Theatre
Nov 16, 2016 Branson, Mo. The Mansion Theatre
Nov 17, 2016 Branson, Mo. The Mansion Theatre
Nov 18, 2016 Biloxi, Miss. Golden Nugget
Nov 19, 2016 Lake Charles, La. Golden Nugget
Nov 20, 2016 Paris, Texas Love Civic Center
Nov 25, 2016 Joplin, Mo. Joplin Memorial Hall
Nov 26, 2016 Sioux Falls, S.D. Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
Nov 27, 2016 Grand Forks, N.D. Chester Fritz Auditorium
Nov 28, 2016 Minneapolis, Minn. State Theatre
Nov. 29, 2016 Dubuque, Iowa Five Flags Center
Nov 30, 2016 Milwaukee, Wisc. Milwaukee Theatre
Dec 1, 2016 Portsmouth, Ohio. Vern Riffe Center For the Arts
Dec 2, 2016 Renfro Valley, Ky.
Dec 3, 2016 Wisconsin Dells, Wisc. Crystal Grand Music Theatre
Dec 4, 2016 Mount Pleasant, Mich. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Dec 6, 2016 Lima, Ohio Crouse Performance Hall
Dec 8, 2016 Meridian, Miss Riley Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 9, 2016 The Villages, Fla.
Dec 10, 2016 Sarasota, Fla. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Dec 11, 2016 Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Dec 12, 2016 Ft. Myers, Fla.
Dec 13, 2016 Jacksonville, Fla. Florida Theatre
Dec 14, 2016 Roanoke Rapids, N.C. The Roanoke Rapids Theater
Dec 15, 2016 Hagerstown, MD Maryland Theater
Dec 16, 2016 Wabash, Ind. Honeywell Center
Dec 17, 2016 Akron, Ohio Akron Civic Center
Dec 18, 2016 Merrillville, Ind. Star Plaza Theatre
Dec 19, 2016 Green Bay, Wisc. Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 20, 2016 Mason City, Iowa North Iowa Community Auditorium
Dec 21, 2016 Grand Island, Neb. Heartland Events Center
Dec 22, 2016 Burlington, Iowa PZAZZ! Convention and Event Center
Dec. 23, 2016 Nashville, TN Schermerhorn Symphony Center
2016-2017 Celebration Tour Dates:
Oct 28, 2016 Bloomington, Ill. Bloomington Center For the Performing Arts
Nov 5, 2016 Longview, Texas S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center
Jan 20, 2017 New Braunfels, Texas Brauntex Theatre
Feb 17, 2017 Pala, Ca. Pala Casino Spa & Resort – Event Center
Feb 18, 2017 Palm Springs, Ca. Spa Resort Casino
Mar 12, 2017 Sellersville, Pa. Sellersville Theater 1894
Mar 17, 2017 Warsaw, Ind. Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts
Apr 9, 2017 Florence, Ariz. Country Thunder USA
May 6, 2017 Lincolnton, Ga. Elijah Clark State Park
Jun 22, 2017 Cadott, Wisc. Chippewa Valley – Country Festival
About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit www.oakridgeboys.com.