FARMERBSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Born Hoosier and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician John Mellencamp will be making a special performance for the 2023 Colts Kickoff Concert. 

The event will also include other performers in the line up like the Jim Irsay Band and the Jim Irsay Collection along with Stephen Stills, Ann Wilson, Peter Wolf, and Criss Angel on Friday, September 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required to attend. Those interested in reserving tickets back can visit the Colts Kickoff Concert webpage. Tickets will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The list of other artists and band members that will be in attendance for the 2023 Colts Kickoff Concert are as follows:

  • Kenny Aronoff, drums (Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan)
  • Billy Branch, harmonica (three-time Grammy® nominee)
  • Tom Bukovac, guitar (played on more than 700 albums with major artists)
  • Mike Mills, bass & vocals (founding member of R.E.M.)
  • Danny Nucci, guitar, saxophone & vocals (actor, Titanic, The Rock)
  • Michael Ramos, keyboards (Mellencamp, Patti Griffin, Paul Simon)
  • Carmella Ramsey, violin, mandolin & vocals (Reba McEntire, John Hiatt, Olivia Newton-John)
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd, guitar & vocals (five-time Grammy® nominee)
  • Mike Wanchic, guitar (Mellencamp).

Attendees can also expect an exhibition of pieces from The Jim Irsay Collection, including Irsay’s guitar and other instruments in the collection, as well as other iconic and historic artifacts from American history. The exhibit also will have Colts artifacts and memorabilia collected from over 40 seasons in Indianapolis.