Originally Published: June 8, 2017 8:29 p.m.
The Man in Black” legacy retains universal appeal to audiences of all ages, his timeless tunes as popular today as they were in the late singer’s heyday.
Prescott fans of the man whose career spanned a half century will not want to miss this week’s “Man in Black – The Music of Johnny Cash” tribute show by Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band staged at the Elks Theatre & Performing Center on Saturday, June 10, at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the performance are $22 and $25 for orchestra seats; $22, $25 and $30 for balcony seats. They can be purchased through the box office at 928-777-1370 or through the Elks website, prescottelkstheater.com
This is not the first time the “Man in Black” impersonator has performed in Prescott. Event organizers assure this repeat concert will appeal to longtime fans as well as younger audiences who may be less familiar with the man and his musical magic. The concert will include such Cash hits as “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”
A prolific performer whose music ranged from a rock and pop-style to gospel and southern country, Johnny Cash was a man who crossed musical boundaries, eager to please all listeners with his big bass voice still identifiable today as it was when he was just an up-and-coming crooner. His signature, “all-black style” and guitar, is carefully imitated by Shaw, who also does tribute performances as Bobby Darin and Elvis Presley.
Shaw, the president and executive producer of Lonely Street Productions, hails from Southeast Indiana, where he was raised in a musical family. He studied music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has built a professional career around celebrating the music of some of history’s greats.
In a Daily Courier interview a year ago, Shaw said he appreciates Cash who always was shrouded in a compelling, yet somewhat dark mystique that drew people to him. And his music has stood the test of time.
In his songs, some of them controversial, Shaw said Cash takes his listeners on a journey through lyrics and beat. His audiences always covered a broad spectrum, “from bikers to cute little old ladies.”
His songs have retained their power because they speak to “everybody at some point,” Shaw said.
The show flier describes this show as a romp that will bring to life authentic Johnny Cash whose sound is “steady like a train, sharp like a razor!”
“This is a must-see for anyone who’s ever enjoyed the music of “The Man in Black!”