He was known as the Man in Black and is one of the few entertainers whose music spanned decades and crossed genres. Despite his death in 2003, the music of Johnny Cash lives on today. And on Monday, a special tribute show honoring the legendary singer will be at the Largo Cultural Center.
Tommy Cash and the Cash Crew will present "My Brother, Johnny Cash" as part of the Largo Lions Club's Spotlight Series.
"I was very excited to get this show," said Kim Feaster, the Spotlight Series co-chair. "Everyone knows at least some of Johnny Cash's songs."
During his 50-year career, Cash was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also won 11 Grammy awards. At the age of 71, he won an MTV video award for his cover of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt.
The portrayal of Cash's life in the Oscar-winning movie Walk the Line introduced younger fans to the Johnny Cash legend.
As co-chairs of the Spotlight Series, Feaster and her husband, George, help bring four musical programs yearly to the Largo Cultural Center as fundraisers for the Lions Club's outreach work in Pinellas County.
Outreach projects include funding training of guide dogs for the blind, providing free or reduced price eye exams and operations, and collecting used eye glasses for distribution to others in need.
The Cash performance is this year's second Spotlight Series show at the cultural center.
Tommy Cash has had a strong musical career of his own for more than 40 years. Since Johnny's death, Tommy has focused on the tribute show while including some of his own songs.
"This show is my way to show my love and respect for my brother. It honors him," Tommy Cash said in a recent telephone interview. "His work stands on its own merit. It doesn't need this to remember him and his songs - they're known worldwide. But it is fun to do his songs and tell stories of Johnny that only I know."
If you go
Tommy Cash and the Cash Crew present "My Brother, Johnny Cash."
Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive
Monday, 2 and 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20 reserved, $64 series (all four shows), $16 groups of 10 or more.
Future shows in the Spotlight Series include:
- An encore performance of Mickey Finn & Cathy Reilly on St. Patrick's Day.
- "Unforgettable, A Tribute to Nat King Cole" on April 7.