Approximately 5,000 people filled the Ironstone Amphitheatre June 17 to hear not only John Mellencamp, but also the stylings of Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter-Cash, and singer, songwriter and 13-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris.
Mellencamp took many in the crowd by surprise as they heard new creations from his 23rd album “Sad Clowns and Hillbillies.” He ingeniously melded the old and new together, crossing generational lines to bring the crowd together.
Though the crowd arrived with Mellencamp on its mind, many were awed by their surroundings.
“I have been coming to the concerts at Ironstone since it was a very small venue,” said longtime concertgoer Pebblez Pearcy from Hood. “Every year it gets better and better with bigger names and more concerts.”
“I have never seen a venue so remarkable,” said District 3 Calaveras County Supervisor Michael Oliveira. “This has put Murphys on the map … and just look at what they give back to the community.”
Oliveira’s sentiments were reiterated by fan Stephanie Burton of Murphys.
“I have been coming to concerts at Ironstone for at least eight years,” she said. “It is a great venue.”
The Moody Blues thrilled the amphitheater audience on June 18.
Upcoming Ironstone concerts include Jason Mraz and his Superband on Sunday and Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie performing with the Wallflowers on July 21. Tickets are available and the entire schedule is posted at ironstoneamphitheatre.net.