Night on the Ave

Kick off the 24th Annual Sunflower Fair with us on Friday, September 15th from 6-10 p.m. at Night on the Ave!

  • Local food and beer
  • Pop-up artisan market
  • Live music by Small Town – A John Mellencamp Experience
  • All ages welcome
  • Pets welcome


We are thrilled to welcome Small Town to the City of La Porte Sunflower Fair weekend! 

SMALL TOWN is Chicagoland’s premier John Mellencamp Experience. This tribute band, comprised 100% of Hoosier natives, has set out to bring the musical catalog of John Mellencamp to life on stage just as Mellencamp has done year after year, decade after decade. Mellencamp is an Indiana native and legendary rock icon! SMALL TOWN has recreated his high energy shows and the music spanning his 40+ year career! SMALL TOWN is a show for all ages and a perfect fit for any festival or indoor venue!
Authenticity to the music is the key to SMALL TOWN’s success. Nothing is sampled and all instruments are played live just as you would hear them at a John Mellencamp concert. With over 25 Top 20 hit songs spanning 40 years, everyone will recognize his music, sing along, and dance the night away!

SMALL TOWN is a 7-piece band: Jen Cimballa on Violin and vocals, Bob Heckler on keyboards, accordion and Melodica, Jim Croke on Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin and vocals, Chris Sulcer on Lead Guitar and vocals, Lou Samaniego on Bass and vocals, Shane Samaniego on drums, and Doug Clapp on lead vocals.
SMALL TOWN is a non-stop party!!