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Mumford frontman readies for solo tour

Also news from Kelsea Ballerini, Commodores, Petra

Marcus Mumford will be touring with his band Mumford & Sons.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 27, 2022

Marcus Mumford will launch a solo North American tour in Colorado this fall in support of his eponymous debut album, due out Sept. 16. 

The tour marks the first full solo outing for the Mumford & Sons frontman, though he’s performed some special events from time to time. The tour includes stops at the Chicago Theatre on Oct. 24 and The Fillmore in Detroit the following night. The A’s will open those shows. 

According to reports pertaining to the new album and tour, Mumford isn’t abandoning Mumford & Sons, he is simply taking a break from the band to do his own thing for a while, including recording with friends like Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Bridgers, Clairo, and Monica Martin

Ballerini visiting Rosemont

Kelsea Ballerini has revealed a short first run of dates in support of her upcoming fourth studio album, Subject to Change, scheduled to hit store shelves and streaming services Sept. 23.

The 28-year-old is already a certified country mega-star after winning several country music awards and receiving a Grammy nomination in 2018 for her album Unapologetically

The brief Heartfirst Tour is booked for just 10 dates, including one in our region at the Rosemont Theatre in the Chicago suburbs on Oct. 1. 

The tour takes its name from the single “Heartfirst,” which has racked up over 50 million streams. 

Commodores coming to Lima

Motown legends The Commodores will visit the Lima Civic Center on Sept. 21. 

The original band signed with Motown Records in 1972 and went on to sell more than 70 million albums worldwide. 

Hits like “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Too Hot To Trot,” “Lady,” and the showstopper “Brick House” will likely be on the set list that is guaranteed to please even the most casual of fans. 

Other concerts planned at the same venue, located just a little more than an hour from Fort Wayne, are Amy Grant on Sept. 16, Little River Band on Oct. 14, Warrant on Nov. 20, and Mannheim Steamroller on Dec. 19.

Petra at Buck Lake festival

The inaugural Campfire Fest is slated to be a music and arts festival held at Buck Lake Ranch in Angola, Aug. 19-21. 

Pioneers of the Christian rock and contemporary Christian music industry Petra will headline the event. 

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Petra were formed in Fort Wayne in 1972, and were once considered the “world’s most popular Christian rock band.” 

Other music artists and speakers scheduled to appear include Chere Pepper, Chosen, Jensen Snyder, Jacob’s Well, Unlikely Disciples, and Bill Luther

Buck Lake Ranch is celebrating an anniversary of its own. The popular music venue two miles west of Angola was founded 75 years ago and has hosted many legendary artists including Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee, Chuck Berry, and Johnny Cash.


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