For all you current and ex-hippies, political activists and music fanatics, hang on to your picket signs—not one, but two musical and cultural icons are in town. Take a stroll down memory lane towards Ontario next week to see Bob Dylan and John (remember: Cougar’s so yesterday) Mellencamp perform live. Dylan (who performed in Lake Elsinore last year) and Mellencamp, both known for their powerful, often politically-charged lyrics, are touring the country, stoking diehard audiences feeling nostalgic and yearning for more. Although both singer-songwriters/rockers come from different decades (Dylan dates to the counterculture of the ’60s while Mellencamp cut his “Jack & Diane” teeth during the Reagan era), they remain pivotal, landmark figures in today’s music atmosphere—thank goodness for that, too, as there are way too many Lady Gagas out there for the pop-stricken world (and our ears) to handle. So whether “The Times They Are A-Changin‘” is more your anthem or if you’re still hanging on to your American Fool vinyl instead of selling it on eBay, these performances will showcase an artistic legacy that was well underway when Justin Bieber’s dad was just a twinkle in his dad’s eye. Timeless music’s like that.
Bob Dylan and His Band with John Mellencamp at Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, (909) 244-5600; www.cbbankarena.com, www.bobdylan.com. Thurs, Aug. 19. 6PM. $42.50-$79.50.