Concert Announcement // John Mellencamp @ The Halifax Forum – Sept 29th

(Halifax, NS) – Following two hugely-successful U.S. concert tours, evenko presents critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, John Mellencamp for his ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour’. Hailed by critics and fans alike as one of Mellencamp’s most authentic and crowd-pleasing concerts of his career, the tour will begin September 26 in Moncton and span two months.

Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Friday, June 1stat 10 a.m. local and VIP pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, May 30th at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, May 31st at 10 p.m. local time.  For more information and all ticketing information, please visit:

Tickets for Moncton show range in price from $70.45 – $119.15 (including tax and applicable service charge) and will be available by phone at 1-855-985-5000 and online at

Tickets for the Saint John show range in price from $63.00 – $108.00 (including tax and applicable service charge) and will be available at the Harbour Station Box Office (99 Station St.), by phone at (506) 657-1234 / 1-800-267-2800 and online at and

Tickets for the Halifax show range in price from $62.80 – $109.50 (including tax and applicable service charge) and will be available at the Halifax Forum Box Office (2901 Windsor St.), by phone at (902) 490-4614 and online at

Show time is 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show is open to all-ages.

Mellencamp’s live shows have garnered huge critical acclaim with the Hollywood Reporter calling ita “triumphant, career-spanning show” and a “superb performance …still full of fiery defiance” by the Boston Globe.  His extensive touring and live shows have solidified the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer’s place at the forefront of American music for the past 40 years.


“…a triumphant career spanning show…[Mellencamp] still displays joy in performing.” – Billboard/The Hollywood Reporter

“Mellencamp’s music felt as timeless as it did nostalgic Monday night before what was essentially a sold-out crowd.” – Green Bay Press-Gazette

“If you mixed a PREACHER, a PUNCH PRESS OPERATORand an OLD BLUESMAN together in the back of a cement mixer, John Mellencamp would come out in the pour.” – Duluth News Tribune


Date City Venue
September 26, 2018 Moncton, NB Moncton Events Centre
September 27, 2018 Saint John, NB Harbour Station
September 29, 2018 Halifax, NS Halifax Forum
October 2, 2018 Ottawa, ON TD Place
October 4, 2018 Kingston, ON Rogers K-Rock Centre
October 6, 2018 Oshawa, ON Tribute Communities Centre
October 7, 2018 St. Catherine’s, ON Meridian Centre
October 10, 2018 Sudbury, ON Sudbury Arena
October 11, 2018 Sault Ste Marie, ON Essar Centre
October 13, 2018 Thunder Bay, ON The Community Auditorium Thunder Bay
October 23, 2018 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place Theater
October 24, 2018 Brandon, MB Westoba Place
October 26, 2018 Estevan, SK Affinity Place
October 28, 2018 Lethbridge, AB Enmax Centre
October 29, 2018 Saskatoon, SK Sasktel Centre
November 1, 2018 Cold Lake, AB Imperial Oil Place
November 3, 2018 Dawson Creek, BC Encana Events Centre
November 4, 2018 Prince George, BC CN Centre
November 6, 2018 Kamloops, BC Sandman Centre
November 7, 2018 Cranbrook, BC Western Financial Place
November 10, 2018 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
November 12, 2018 Victoria, BC Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
November 14, 2018 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre

About John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp’s career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of a generation.  Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed; he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, 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.  Additionally, he will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14, 2018. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world.   In 1985, Mellencamp, together with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, created Farm Aid. 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.

John Mellencamp’s album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, featuring Carlene Carter, is his 23rd over the course of a remarkable career. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies returns Mellencamp 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. That passion and experience resonates most beautifully in this showcase of his music.

John also wrote the title song for the film, The Yellow Birds, an American war film directed by Alexandre Moors and based on the novel The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers.  The film stars Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston, and Toni Collette. A theatrical release of this movie will debut June 15, 2018. As well, John journeyed into the darkness of coal mining life in his reverent cover of Merle Travis’ 1946 song “Dark as a Dungeon,” recorded in support of National Geographic’s acclaimed documentary about the mining industry, “From The Ashes,” produced by Michael Bloomberg, former NYC Mayor.

John continues to focus on another facet of his artistic expression: painting. His style has progressed over the years as evidenced by several gallery shows and published portfolios, and in recent years he has increased his output by completing over 100 new works. Currently John’s second solo exhibition at the ACA Gallery titled “Life, Death, Love, and Freedom” opened on April 26, 2018 running through June 2, 2018.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a musical/play with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett will travel to various colleges and regional/local theaters in 2018.

Mellencamp continues his journey as the walking embodiment of heartland rock; passionate, plain-spoken, and a self-proclaimed rebel.  John Mellencamp continues to live and work in Bloomington, Indiana.

About the author


A proud and over-caffeinated husband, father, runner and writer. I've written for the local weekly The Coast for over a decade and have since taken to creating and writing for HAFILAX for even longer. I hope you enjoy the musings of a guy who has loved music for the better part of 4 decades, and has an album of concert tickets to show for it.