Let’s be real. The Indianapolis Colts probably won’t have one of the better teams in the NFL this year. Despite that, opening weekend still holds hope for the franchise as well as for every other team in the league. 

Owner Robert Irsay plans to stoke the fires of his team’s fan base by offering a Kickoff Concert on Friday, Sept. 8, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. 

The concert will feature none other than The Jim Irsay Band along with special guests you may have heard of like Stephen Stills, John Mellencamp, Ann Wilson, Peter Wolf, and the incomparable “Mindfreak” Criss Angel

Tickets are free and can be claimed at www.colts.com.

Dragonforce announce dates

Dragonforce have announced their New Album World Tour with opening acts Amaranthe, Nanowar of Steel, and Edge of Paradise

The tour comes on the heels of the band announcing they have signed with a new record label and will be releasing an album soon. 

Until then, experience the band at their best, on stage, with their signature stage production and a fresh setlist that includes some new tracks mixed with classics and some deep cuts that have not been played live in a long time. 

The British rockers will be at Agora Theatre in Cleveland on Nov. 8, Majestic Theatre in Detroit on Nov. 9, and House of Blues in Chicago on Nov. 10. 

In the meantime, if you want new music from a member of the band, vocalist Marc Hudson will release Starbound Stories on Aug. 25.

Dead Milkmen play festival

The 43rd annual Hamtramck Labor Day Festival takes place Sept. 2-4 in the Detroit suburb about two-and-a-half hours from Fort Wayne. 

Festival favorites like carnival food and drinks, rides, vendors, and a parade will be topped off by a free show from Philadelphia punk legends The Dead Milkmen on Sunday, Sept. 3. 

Country rock in Van Wert

Confederate Railroad will headline the grandstand entertainment on Aug. 31 at the Van Wert County Fair. 

Confederate Railroad rolled onto the national country music scene in the early ’90s with their unique style and sound. Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck have released six studio albums that yielded 18 songs that hit the Billboard Country charts. 

Tickets start at just $10, and all with a veteran’s ID card will be allowed in free.

Sweet tour for Dirty Honey

Dirty Honey have announced their biggest North American headlining tour in support of their upcoming album, Can’t Find the Brakes, which is planned for release on Nov. 3. 

The first single from the album, “Won’t Take Me Alive,” is already Top 20 at rock radio.

The tour will kick off in San Francisco with the itinerary including a stop at The Vogue in Indianapolis on Nov. 10 along with Bogart’s in Cincinnati on Nov. 12 and Concord Music Hall in Chicago on Nov 13.

Austin Meade will open the shows.

Road Notes covers concerts within driving distance of Northeast Indiana. Send your news items to info@whatzup.com.