Church of Cash to open season for Ottawa Concert Association

OTTAWA – The 2023-2024 season will mark 76 years that the Ottawa Concert Association has brought nearly 250 quality concerts to the Ottawa community.

This year's opening concert highlights the soulful sound of the great Johnny Cash as the Church of Cash takes the stage at Central Intermediate School in Ottawa on Monday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The Church of Cash is true to the music of Johnny Cash, and singer Jay Ernest’s deep baritone voice sings like a prairie breeze and stomps like a boot heel. Church of Cash is not a country band; it is a tribute band with the express purpose of honoring the indelible legacy of Johnny Cash. Featuring an incredibly talented foursome of musicians, they will dig deep into their Church of Cash repertoire for an evening of story and song.

Church of Cash was formed in 2010 by Jay Ernest to spread the gospel of one of the world’s most important and enduring songwriters. Whether you grew up listening to Cash or came to know his music later, the Man in Black’s legacy lives on through Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, and so many more.

For information about tickets or membership, please call 815-228-6474.

Organized in 1947, the Association is governed by 18 local volunteer board members who choose the four annual concerts. Two concerts are held in the fall and two held in the spring.  The OCA is membership supported with an annual fee of $50 each. Family and student memberships are also offered.