Allentown Fair announces John Mellencamp as first 2017 headliner

John Mellencamp will return this summer to Allentown, but he won't be playing center field.

The "Pink Houses" singer will headline the Great Allentown Fair on Aug. 31, according to the festival's website. Show time is 7 p.m.

Tickets, which cost $59-$89, go on sale 10 a.m. Feb. 17 through

In 2009, Mellencamp performed with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson at Allentown's Coca-Cola Park.

His hits include "Jack and Diane," "Hurts So Good," "I Need a Lover," "Small Town" and "Lonely Ol' Night." Mellencamp has released 22 studio albums, his most recent being 2014's Plain Spoken.

Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and is one of the founding members of the annual Farm Aid benefit concert.