It’s still hard to believe that it’s been over a decade since Johnny Cash died at the age of 71. Fortunately, his music is timeless, and so is the admiration that people have for The Man in Black. In honest to goodness, Good Hood tradition, a number of local musicians are getting together to honor the legacy of Cash. “It’s that time of year in Buffalo, when Johnny Cash fans across the area become confused as to who’s playing which Johnny Cash tribute and when,” said Seamus Gallivan of The Good Neighborhood in regards to another excellent Cash series that take place at The Tralf. According to Gallivan, the Good Hood’s 3rd annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash held each year at Nietzsche’s holds its own in a number of ways that include no repeats and a charity angle:
– Rule #1, No Repeats! This year’s Cash song list just passed 40 between 5 acts – 3 returning, 2 new.
– We also continue our support of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper through these tributes – we’ll donate a portion of proceeds as well as have a volunteer signup for their annual Spring Shoreline Sweep.
“Johnny Cash is immortal – his catalog of songs and inspiring spirit will live on as long as we keep it goin’, and events like this serve that purpose while allowing local original bands the chance to honor their influences and display how their own style moves this music forward,” Seamus told me. “We’ve a few annual tribute events, including Neil Young and Phish, but the Johnny Cash Birthday Bash is the genesis, beginning when Andy Wegrzyn of Buffalo’s Band Named Sue along with Pamela Ryder and I were all living in Austin, and Band Named Sue played the annual Cash Bash at the venerable Continental Club.
“Not only did that event inspire Andy and I to start such an event in Buffalo after we’d both moved back home, but it also gave me the inspiration for Rule #1 of tribute events in The Good Neighborhood – No Repeats. I left that Cash Bash in Austin when ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ was played for the third time – I learned from that the importance of keeping it fresh, and we keep an email thread in which performers claim songs and settle any disputes on their own.
“For example, in true Good Neighbor spirit, Andrew J. Reimers has ceded Cash’s classic ‘Big River’ from his band, The CPX, to Ten Cent Howl, on account of The CPX having played it the past two years and Reimers since enjoying the Howl’s version in their own shows.”
WHO: The Steam Donkeys, The CPX, Ten Cent Howl, Pamela Ryder & John Brady,David Michael Miller
WHAT: 3rd annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash
WHEN: Friday, February 7th, 2014, 10pm
WHERE: Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St., Buffalo [$5 cover/ages 21 & up]
WHY: Part of the Tributaries series supporting Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper