The man who walked the line gets his due this weekend at the Fender Museum in Corona as part of the all-day Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration. For the diehards, the Man in Black would have turned 78 this year but his legacy to Americana (specifically) and roots music (in general) is (obviously) timeless. It’ll be no guitar left unplucked at this bash, which will include museum exhibits of Cash stage costumes (sorry, no Elvis jumpsuits), instruments used by the baritone voice himself, handwritten lyrics, every gold and platinum record Cash ever received and other things that have “Smithsonian” written all over them. For the Walk the Line crowd that just jumped on the Johnny wagon, there’ll be props from that flick here as well as an appearance by Larry Bagby, who played upright bass player Marshall Grant in the film. Oh, they’ll have chroniclers and chronicles galore here! Harry Wiland, who produced 1969’s Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music, and David “Fergie” Feguson, a Cash pal and recording engineer, will both be present and accounted for to deliver first-hand accounts of how a legend in his own time ended up named Sue.
Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration at the Fender Museum for the Performing Arts, 365 N. Main St., Corona, (951) 735-2440; www.fendermuseum.com, www.johnnycash.com/birthday. Sat, Feb. 27. 11AM-10PM. Tickets $30 adults, $12 children.