What to know
Your Invitation from Rosanne Cash:
I am thrilled and delighted that for the third year in a row, the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival will be held on the grounds of the Boyhood Home in Dyess. This exciting benefit event raises funds to continue our mission of bringing attention to the rich history of my father in the Arkansas Delta and the New Deal-era colony in which he was raised.
We hope you will join us for the entire three days of this festival, Oct. 17-19, which will include an academic symposium, regional evening music, special panels and speakers on Friday afternoon, and an outstanding Saturday afternoon of music and memories.
Nearly a decade of hard restoration work by Arkansas State University, funded through previous concert proceeds, has paid off with the home’s elevation to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018. I look forward to once again welcoming visitors from all across the world to the little patch of “gumbo soil” in Dyess, Arkansas, to celebrate “Legacy, Love and Music.”
Saturday Details and Ticket Information
The culminating concert, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, will be held in the cotton field adjacent to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, with headliners Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart. Other performers include Johnny Cash's sister Joanne Cash, his brother Tommy Cash, and a number of Cash grandchildren, nieces and nephews. They will be joined by Arkansan Cory Jackson, Arkansas Country Music Artist of the Year.
Tickets are available at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival website, or at the Central Box Office on the Arkansas State University campus, 870-972-2781 or 800-745-3000.
Concert ticket prices are $35 plus applicable fees for general admission; $100 plus applicable fees for reserved chair seating; and $200 plus applicable fees for a Full Circle Package (limited number available). The Full Circle Package includes seating in a special reserved section for the concert, field parking adjacent to the concert, admission to ticketed Friday afternoon special presentations, and an invitation to a private Friday evening “suppertime stations” event with the Cash family.
A limited number of parking passes for the field adjacent to the concert are available to $100 ticket purchasers for $50 until spaces run out. They can be purchased by contacting the Central Box Office at the above numbers. (Parking passes cannot be purchased online.) Passes will be mailed out, along with a parking ma p, directions and instructions.
Friday Afternoon Special Presentations
Panels and presentations featuring three titans in the art of filmmaking will be moderated by Rosanne Cash from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Dyess Community Center. The presenters include:
-- Pam Baucom, co-producer of the eight-part Ken Burns documentary, "Country Music," to be aired on PBS in September. Baucom will share behind-the-scenes stories about the process of putting this massive eight-year project together.
-- Thom Zimny, director of the feature-length documentary, "The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash," which premiered in March at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin. Zimny will discuss making the documentary, which includes much of the narration in Cash's own voice.
-- William Ferris, former Delta resident and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ferris received two 2019 Grammy Awards for "Voices of Mississippi," his historic lifetime work in gathering field recordings and stories from blues and gospel singers and storytellers.
Tickets for the Friday afternoon events are $15 plus applicable fees. They are available through the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival website or at the Central Box Office on the Arkansas State University campus, 870-972-2781 or 800-745-3000. (For festival participants with "Full Circle" packages, these Friday afternoon events are included.)
Thursday-Friday Free Events
An Academic Symposium open to the public at no charge will be held at the Dyess Colony Visitors Center Thursday morning through noon Friday. Theme is "Our Musical Genealogy: Country Music and the American Experience." Go to the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival website for details as they become available.
Regional bands and musicians will perform on Thursday and Friday nights in the Dyess Colony Circle, beginning at 5 p.m. There is no charge for these events, hosted by KASU Radio. Go to the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival for details as they become available.