This week, former Mellencamp guitarist Larry Crane(who has hinted the old band may be getting back together) announced a show at the Beech Grove Fall Festival on September 18.

The concert will be the opening shot in a run of five roots-rock shows among the very best we will see all year. A one-month explosion of twangy, Americana rock and roll.

  • The Gaslight Anthem

September 21 - The Gaslight Anthem

They finally hit Indy, after concluding their current trek through Europe. They haven't yet played a long run of shows in the states since the release of the new American Slang album., so watch for the buzz on the band to increase - deservedly so.

at The Vogue - $20 - with Fake Problems, Bridge & Tunnel

September 30 - The Hold Steady

Another band, like The Gaslight Anthem, that didn't have to stop in Indianapolis, but we thank them in advance. For a Springsteen fan it doesn't get much better - outside of a Bruce and the band show here, which will never happen again. We'll take these two shows and be pleased.

at The Vogue - $20 - with Wintersleep

October 3 - Drive-By Truckers

They cranked up a little music from their latest album Big To-Do at Deer Creek for the Petty fans as openers in July for TP and the Heartbreakers, but this Vogue date allows more sweat to get flung into the audience and more Neil Young-ish guitar solos to get played. Part of a 23-date Midwest and South trek, with Indy coming on a Sunday night at the end of six consecutive one-nighters. Look out...

at the Vogue - $20 - withThe Henry Clay People

  • Shooter Jennings

October 7 - Shooter Jennings & Heirophant

Cowboy bad-ass Jennings just seems to channel his daddy's attitude. You never quite know what Shooter will bring, other than the volume and a respect for outlaw country heroes. His newest record Black Ribbons was a left turn, even including dialogue written by author Stephen King, who narrated the album. It peaked at 133 on the album chart, his lowest mark of his four studio releases. But live? He will rock. When Shooter flips the switch to make his guitar sound just like Waylon's, it's worth the 18 bucks you paid to get in.

at the Vogue - $18 - with J-Roddy Walston & The Business

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