Natchitoches. The Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Celebration presents the sounds of Rockabilly and Country Music featuring Hank Staples and Thundercreek, with Paul “Johnny Cash” Eve, performing a tribute to Johnny Cash, June 14 on the Riverbank Stage beginning at 7 PM.
The concert is part of the Tri-Centennial Celebration Second Saturday line-up of events that highlight the theme for June, “Sports and Recreation.” All events relate to sports and recreation in the area with programs covering fishing in the 18th, the creation of an artificial bait company, and baseball at the plantations. June is also the induction ceremony for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, June 19-21.
The concert features music from two popular performers from the 50s and 60s, Johnny Cash and Johnny Horton. Together they performed at the Louisiana Hayride and along with Hank Williams created the “Rockabilly” style of music. Johnny Horton was known as the “Singing Fisherman.” He fished the Cane River Lake many times which was the inspiration in 1959 to open the Natchitoches Bait Company with Johnny Cash. The company produced 1,000 lures a day with “Ole Fireball” as the marquis fishing bait.
Johnny Horton is best known for his number one hits, “The Battle of New Orleans,” “North to Alaska,” “Honky Tonk Man,” and “Sinking of the Bismarck.” Johnny Cash’s legendary hits, ”Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” I Walk the Line,” and “A Boy Named Sue” are part of music history. Between the two they wrote and recorded over three hundred songs, many on the Billboard Chart as number one hits.
Events begin Saturday, June 14 at 8 AM. Our tribute concert on the Riverbank Stage features Hank Staples and Thundercreek performing from 7-8 PM, followed by Paul “Johnny Cash” Eve from 8-9 PM. Admission to this concert, and all events, is free. For additional information visit www.natchitoches300.com and our Facebook page Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Celebration.