We all know the popular culture image of Johnny Cash: the hard-living and defiant "rockabilly country rockin' rebel" and the iconic photos of Cash with his profane gestures.
On Saturday, November 17, at The Norwood Library in El Monte, Michael J will tell the "rest of the story." Along with his singing partner and bass player, Leticia Blumette as June Carter, Michael J presents his world-renowned Tribute to Johnny Cash. 4550 North Peck Rd., El Monte. 3 p.m. Free. Info: (626) 443-3147.
Michael J and his band "Mighty Cash Cats" were recently profiled on highly-rated German TV show, "RTL Punkt 12" and have recently shared the stage with American music legends Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard. Michael Jgoes behind the music and myth of the "Man in Black" presenting a musical workshop about the roots of Cash's music including stories and songs about the Carter family, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Sun Records. His program includes anecdotes about Cash defying the Country Music establishment by singing and writing songs about the plight of Native Americans, prisoners, and the downtrodden giving a voice to the voiceless. However, Michael's program is not all serious and pedantic. Included are humorous tunes like a "Boy named Sue" and fun Johnny Cash and June Carter duets such as "Jackson." Michael's program appeals to a wide demographic ranging from elementary aged students and their parents to teens and seniors. Admission is Free.