G. Love & Special Sauce

8 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $25

G. Love comes to First Ave just about every year, but this time he’s coming with the same lineup of his Special Sauce that he rode in on 20 years ago. The Philadelphia hepcat blues-rocker put the old band back together for his new album, “Sugar,” with bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens. Not only do they have the new tunes to crank out, but they’re starting out shows by playing their 1995 debut in its entirety. Brushfire labelmate Matt Costa of “Mr. Pitiful” notoriety opens. Chris Riemenschneider

 

John Mellencamp

7:30 p.m. Wed.-next Thu. • Northrop • $42.50-$252

With his aptly titled 2014 album “Plain Spoken,” Mellencamp mined an understated, acoustic-oriented Americana sound. The music is a bit happier than the straightforward lyrics, which discuss mortality, the breakup of a marriage and the problem with politicians, police and priests. The Rock Hall of Famer’s cigarette-cured voice sounds increasingly raspy and weary, which fits this material perfectly. Set lists for his 80-concert tour, which started in late January, indicate a mixture of “Plain Spoken” selections and some of his biggest songs as well as a couple of duets with opening act Carlene Carter, who writes a pretty fair country song herself. Jon Bream