Cash Only


Consider this “Ring of Fire” candles on a birthday cake. Johnny Cash, the most recognizable baritone out of Arkansas and somberest guy to ever darken country music’s doorway, would have been 82 this year. For as many refurbished railroad songs he chugged along with, Cash was rock ’n’ roll through and through, his politically minded prison performances and funereal dress signifiers of a smoldering rebellion. Come celebrate the undisputed forefather of alt-country along with the rest of Brooklyn at the Johnny Cash 82nd Birthday Bash, the Bell House’s weekend-long hoedown that has packed the venue every year since the inaugural party in 2005. Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion provide the covers all night, supplemented by film clips from archivist Clinton McClung. Have a rollicking good time and a slice of cake for the Cash man, or better yet, a glass of bourbon. Go with the bourbon.

Fri., Feb. 28, 9 p.m.; Sat., March 1, 9 p.m., 2014