Even when Johnny Cash was a boy, it was evident he had something special. As the legend goes, after taking a few voice lessons, his teacher told him, “Don’t take voice lessons. Do it your way.” And so he did for an incredible 57-year career, singing in that rumbling, unmistakable bass-baritone about society’s outcasts and underdogs to win multiple Grammys and become a country hero. In honor of his birthday every year, Alex Battles and the Whisky Rebellion throw one of the biggest, most raucous parties in town. Tonight’s Johnny Cash 81st Birthday Bash includes performances of boot-stomping Cash hits and rarities all night as well as films and DJs spinning the classics.
Sat., March 2, 9 p.m., 2013