Johnny Cash tribute show coming to Wimbledon

Church of Cash will perform.

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Church of Cash will perfrom a Johnny Cash tribute show in Wimbledon on July 14.
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Church of Cash will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Wimbledon Palooza in Wimbledon.

The Wimbledon Palooza is July 14-16 in Wimbledon.

Jay Ernest, the driving force propelling Minneapolis-based Church of Cash, and his bandmates bring Johnny Cash to life in Ernest's performance.

“I want to be known as the best Johnny Cash tribute show in the world,” Ernest said. “We have the credibility, and we have four studio albums as Church of Cash. I grew up loving the sound of the choir and the booming voice of Johnny Cash. This is in my blood.”

Ernest sings and plays acoustic guitar. Jonathon TeBeest is on drums, percussion, and background vocals; “Jumpin’” Jack Mansk on electric, baritone and acoustic guitars and background vocals; and Tony Wirth on bass, upright bass and background vocals.


Church of Cash will perform Cash classics at the Wimbledon Palooza, 207 3rd Ave. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

The latest of the Church of Cash four studio albums is Flowers for June, released in October, which features a spate of inspired but not-so-obvious Johnny Cash covers, including “Ballad of a Teenage Queen,” “Thing Called Love,” “One Piece at a Time,” “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky,” and “One on the Right Is on the Left.” Recorded at Square Studio in Minnetrista, Minnesota, Flowers for June joins Church of Cash, Thank You Sir and Christmas Songs in the Church of Cash catalog.

Ernest and the award-winning Church of Cash have toured the United States, Belgium and the Netherlands. Church of Cash received Best Tribute Act 2019 honors from the Midwest Country Music Organization. In 2021, Ernest and by extension the Church of Cash, was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

Now there’s an original musical theater-meets-concert event titled Folsom Prison Experience written by Ernest and pal Tom Pickard.

The band formed in 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and relocated to Minneapolis a year later.

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Wimbledon Palooza highlights

July 14: 5-8 p.m., Steak Night, Main Street; 5:30-8:30 p.m., kids blow up games, Main Street; 7:30 p.m., Church of Cash, main stage
July 15: 5:30-9 p.m., kids blow up games, Main Street; 6 p.m., cornhole tournament on Main Street, WC Grocery Supper in Legion Hall; 9 p.m., outdoor movie, City Park; 5:30 p.m., Uptown, and 9:30 p.m., Tripwire, on main stage
July 16: 7:30-10 a.m., Legion pancake breakfast, Legion Hall; 8 a.m., Lonnie Laffen Memorial 5K and Bike Race, Main Street; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., flea market, bus barn on main; 10 a.m., Al Schlolfeldt Memorial Softball Tournament, City Park; 11 a.m., parade, Main Street; noon-4 p.m., Collector Show of cars, motorcycles, tractors, south end of Main; noon-5 p.m., kids blow up games, City Park; 1 p.m., youth dodgeball game, City Park; cornhole tournament, Main Street; co-ed volleyball tournament, City Park; 3 p.m., youth cornhole tournament, Main Street; 5:30 p.m., 2 Weeks Notice, 9:30 p.m., Slamabama, Main Stage

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