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 John Mellencamp - Thursday, August 31

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America’s heartland-rocker and champion of farmers John Mellencamp is performing at The Great Allentown Fair for the first time as part of a tour that includes some of the nation’s top agricultural fairs in addition to major cities.

Spanning more than 35 years, Mellencamp’s career in music has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of a generation.  He is not only a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy winner, he is a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award and Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and more recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years.

Mellencamp’s classic hits that are indeed stories of middle America include “Small Town,”  “Authority Song,” “Jack and Diane,” “Hurts So Good,” “Crumblin’ Down,” “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” “Rain on the Scarecrow,” “Check it Out,” “Cherry Bomb” and many others. The unique instrumentation of his band and his poignant songs about everyday life in the American heartland are widely credited with being the forbearer of the Americana/No Depression genre of rural-inflected music.

"Sad Clowns & Hillbillies” featuring Carlene Carter, Mellencamp’s upcoming 23rd full-length album, is set to be released in April followed by an upcoming summer tour in major cities across the country. “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies” returns him to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life and showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute master of songwriting and interpretation.

He continues his journey as the walking embodiment of heartland rock; passionate, plain-spoken, and a self-proclaimed rebel.
Tickets for John Mellencamp are $89, $75 and $59.