Hot Ticket: John Mellencamp – July 6 & July 7

The backstage rider for John Mellencamp’s 1998 tour requested cranberry juice, low-fat Graham Crackers, one box of assorted herbal teas, one bag of pretzels, and one quart of skim milk. Ok, so the man is not exactly Keith Richards. But the wholesome, homespun Hoosier has spawned nearly two dozen top-40 hits, and he’s sold a staggering 40 million records during his 3+ decades in showbiz. He brings his heartland hits to the capital for a deuce of dates at Mile One. Opening for Mellencamp is Toronto country-rock extravaganza The Cowboy Junkies. Are they heroin-addicted cowboys or cowboy-addicted heroines? Only you can decide. Tickets range from $49.50 to $89.50.