Man in Black coming to Hartford

Harold-Ford-for-calendarBy Jaime Thomas

A man in black who looks an awful lot like the Man in Black will bring the Spirit of Johnny Cash to Hartford next Saturday, Oct. 19.

The well-known Harold Ford, along with Laura Lucy and the Cash Band, will put on one of the tribute shows that has made the group so popular.

President Chris Jones of the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, who is putting on the show, said Ford’s performance is a huge hit for a variety of people, especially those who followed the late Cash.

“People who are diehard Cash fans go to the Harold Ford website and found out where he’ll be,” she said.

Last year was the auxiliary’s first hosting Ford, and Jones said there was a good turnout.

“It was very, very good. People come from all around for the concerts,” she said. A few fans danced last year, and Jones was hoping more would groove to the music this year.

She said Ford really is a tribute to Cash.

“My son walked in and was in awe of how much he looks like him, and he sounds just like him,” she said.

At the firehouse, there will be food available before and after the concert, including hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage with peppers and onions and nachos and cheese. There will also be soda, beer and wine for sale.

Jones said concerts at the firehouse, which started around 2005, were largely her idea. The shows originally attracted large crowds, but have dwindled somewhat since the economy took a dip.

“People always seem to like our setup; it’s a nice, local venue,” she said.

The concerts they are the auxiliary’s largest fundraiser, so organizers is hoping for a large turnout.

“They benefit the fire company for any needs they have. We helped with the driveway being paved, helped with the kitchen—the fire company and auxiliary work very well together,” she said.

Doors for the show, which costs $15, open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8. Those interested in attending are encouraged to call 632-5326 ahead of time. Jones said anyone who was unable to get through before may have called when her phone was out of service.

“If people like Johnny Cash, they’re going to love Harold Ford,” she said.

The firehouse is located at the corner of Routes 40 and 149.

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