The late Joe Strummer once wrote of Johnny Cash that his life and work “cast a long shadow.” That shadow certainly hovers over Western New York, where the legacy of Cash – the man, the myth, the musician – has affected music being made in the alt-country, indie-rock, punk and traditional C&W idioms for years.

Fitting, then, that a host of the musicians for whom Cash is a major figure in their musical lexicon will gather to wish their man a happy birthday at 9 tonight in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.).

Ten Cent Howl, the Steam Donkeys, Million Dollar Trio, Shaky Stage and Andrew J. Reimers Country-Punk Extravaganza will share the bill tonight, performing sets of Cash material with nary a repeat or redundancy in song selection. The action will take place in alternating sessions between two stages, so the music will be continuous. It’s $5 at the door. A percentage of the door take, as well as proceeds from raffle ticket sales, will go to Buffalo Niagara River Keeper (

– Jeff Miers