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Fri, Aug 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Church of Cash

The World’s #1 Tribute to Johnny Cash
Under The Canopy
Tickets $20 – $25
Church of Cash - Friday, August 4, 2023 - Under The Canopy at The Hook and Ladder Theater



  • Doors 6:00pm
  • Music 7:00pm
  • 21+
  • Reserved Seats: $30
  • GA: $20 ADV / $25 DOS

*Does not include fees

Thank you to our supporting partners:
Jack Daniels, Summit Brewing, Slane Irish Whiskey, KFAI – Fresh Air Community Radio, Mpls / St Paul Magazine, Nobool Presents, Arbeiter Brewing, Moon Palace Books, The Hub Bike Co-Op, The Hive Realty, Lake Street Council, & The MN State Arts Board

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Church of Cash 

w/ Mary Cutrufello

The World’s #1 Tribute to Johnny Cash pays homage to the “Man in Black” and brings his music alive with style and energy.
If you’re going to capture the mystique and resonance of Johnny Cash onstage, you better have the raw prowess as well as the reverberating voice. Jay Ernest, the driving force propelling Minneapolis-based Church of Cash, has both in spades. With his bandmates, Ernest brings the iconic Man in Black to life every time he takes the concert platform
The award-winning Church of Cash is a premier Johnny Cash tribute show band with the attitude and the chops. In 2019, Church of Cash received “Best Tribute Act 2019” honors from the Midwest Country Music Organization. In 2021, Jay Ernest and by extension the Church of Cash, was inducted to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. 

Since forming in 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Church of Cash has steadily forged a reputation for excellence. The band, which relocated to Minneapolis a year later, made it clear early on that channeling Johnny Cash was anything but a vehicle to gain instant notoriety. Cash, choirs, and rock ‘n’ roll reign supreme. So, when Jay Ernest steps in front of a microphone he embodies the true artistic spirit of the man he reveres.

The Church of Cash is true to the music of Johnny Cash, and singer Jay’s deep baritone voice sings like a prairie breeze and stomps like a boot heel. Church of Cash is not a country band. Church of Cash is a tribute band with the express purpose of honoring the indelible legacy of Johnny Cash. Road-tested and always road-ready, The Church of Cash is celebrating the soul of American music.
Whether you are an ‘ol timer that grew up listening to Mr. Cash in your tractor or a young soldier driving your tank across the deserts of the Middle East with the Man in Black in your headphones, the Church of Cash will bring his music, with style and energy to fans everywhere.
What the Church of Cash has that no one else can match is their loyalty to the song and the message that Johnny left to all of us. The band merely keeps this word alive with a youthful spirit that has entertained audiences completely.

Saint Paul-based Mary Cutrufello has been hailed as a Texas honky-tonk heroine and a fiery Midwestern heartland rocker.  Connecticut-raised and Yale-educated, Mary Cutrufello spent the 1990’s in Texas, where her hard-driving honky-tonk style won her a loyal following, as well as kudos from the local media and such Texas legends as Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Joe Ely.  She also made 2 appearances on “Austin City Limits”, a spot on “The Tonight Show”, and toured with the Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule, among others. 

The Award-Winning* Under the Canopy series at The Hook & Ladder Theater returns with its uniquely seasonal urban footprint to the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis in 2023. *Voted Best in MN 2021 by StarTribune readers.

The Hook has committed to having a food truck Under the Canopy throughout the 2023 season for our guests.
Come hungry and enjoy dinner with the show!

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Fri, Aug 4, 2023
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $25
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Under The Canopy
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, 55406 United States
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