Mellencamp will perform September 23 at the city’s historic Crump Theater as part of cable network Bio Channel’s “Back Where We Started” series.

The venue was one of the first theatres the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee played at the start of his career.

The singer, who grew up in Seymour and has long been a resident of nearby Bloomington, is expected to perform material from his extensive catalog, including songs from his latest, Live Death Love and Freedom.

A limited number of tickets for the show, auctioned off to benefit the United Way, has raised $43,000.

Columbus Mayor Fred Armstrong has designated September 23 as John Mellencamp Day and will make a presentation to the singer outside The Crump at 7:30 p.m. that evening, half an hour before doors open for the show.

Mellencamp will take the stage at 9 p.m. following sets by the Debuteens and Music Men Show Choir from Columbus North High School.