Johnny Cash tribute coming to Orpheum

A tribute concert to one of the biggest stars in music history will be coming to the Orpheum Theatre on Oct. 20.

David James and Big River will bring their Johnny Cash tribute show to the Orpheum. The show will start at 8:30 p.m. They routinely sell out shows in venues large and small across Canada and the U.S.

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Orpheum Theatre co-owner Jocelyn Dougherty said the show is nearly sold out. Only about 50 tickets are still available in the 400-seat venue, as of Oct. 7. 

“The public has been asking us for quite a while now to start bringing live concerts in again, and I think that with the type of music that Johnny Cash plays, audiences young and old alike all love Johnny Cash. It’s such a broad audience that it appeals to.”

The Orpheum brought in live music for many years, but the last time a live act performed there was Alan Frew of Glass Tiger in 2014. The concert was part of the 100th anniversary festivities for the theatre.

It’s a great place to watch a concert, she said, thanks to the acoustics at the theatre.

Fans will hear well-known hits like Walk the Line, Get Rhythm and Boy Named Sue, and later songs from Cash like Rusty Cage and Hurt.

“I think people will enjoy it all,” said Dougherty.

As part of the show, the first part of the concert is a tribute to country music icon Waylon Jennings. Dougherty noted Cash and Jennings were the best of friends, and they were part of the country music super-group the Highwaymen, along with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

She described the tributes to Jennings and Cash as fitting, since they work well together.

She hasn’t seen James and Big River previously, but she has heard great things about them. She has talked to other venues where they have played, and they have had a great response from the audience as well.

“We researched it a bit before we agreed to book them,” said Dougherty.

Dougherty is a big fan of Cash, and she is looking forward to the show.


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