Human Wheels

Why book Human Wheels?

A Tribute to the Music of John Mellencamp since 2001.



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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 90 - 150 minutes
  • Fee: $900-$2400
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: Privately Held


Depending upon the venue, Human Wheels will provide a concert style event that can, and has, run up to 2-1/2 hours. Most shows average 120 minutes and will cover much of John Mellencamp's catalog from his first Album to his most recent. You will know more John Mellencamp than you think.

Human Wheels prides themselves in being a class act. Everywhere they go you will not meet a more professional group of people. Human Wheels 6 members are responsible, courteous and respectful adults who take care of their gear, know their job and are as helpfull as one can imagine. The band is very accomodating and will do their very best to ensure that from the moment the load-in starts to the moment the load-out ends, everyone in attendance will be happy to have worked and been apart of a Human Wheels performance.

Additional Booking Notes

Human Wheels WILL provide a Stage Plan prior to the day of the performance.

Human Wheels does NOT supply it's own lighting.
Human Wheels does NOT supply concert stage sound
Human Wheels CAN supply sound for small venue/stage sound and in some cases Township engagements if needed.

Human Wheels WILL always use their own gear if possible, however in some cases, if available, Human Wheels will use venue provided backline. In most cases however, Human Wheels has the following on their stage.
Bass guitar and amplifier
Two Fender Deluxe Guitar Amplifiers
Keyboards (may need two sends to mixing board)
Microphones and Mic Stands in some cases.

Human Wheels will need:
3 vocal mics up Stage Front and monitors
Line for Mandolin
Line for two acoustic guitars/amps
Line for Dobro
Monitoring for Keyboards and Drums
Direct for Bass
Lighting (if necessary)

Green room or changing room (if available)
Water at Stage

For performances that will/may require extended travel, lodging should be offered in addition to show compensation.
For performances that will/may require extended travel, At-Venue-day-of-show meals or meal vouchers should be offered in addition to show compensation.

Upcoming Booked Events

06/01/14 Maria Offsee Cancer Walk Fund Raiser, Edison, NJ
07/16/14 Berkeley Heights Fireworks Night
07/26/14 Westampton Amphitheater

Human Wheels

HUMAN WHEELS plays more Mellencamp in one night than Mellencamp himself. The core members of this New Jersey-based tribute band have been together since 2001, while the newest members were hand picked to bring you an incredibly high quality group of musicians. Enjoy classics like Pink Houses, Jack & Diane, Hurt So Good, I Need a Lover, Small Town, R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., Authority Song, Cherry Bomb, Rain on the Scarecrow, Paper in Fire, Lonely 'Ol Night, and many more!

The music of Mellencamp is often equated with rural life, deeply rooted in Americana and the working class; great rockin' music that is enjoyable and recognizable by listeners of all ages. This makes the band ideal for any event or venue.

Human Wheels is comprised of extremely professional, talented and experienced musicians who together have played such prestigious venues as BB Kings Blues Club in Times Square NYC, Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe PA, Indiana Live Casino near Indianapolis IN, Maryland Live Casino in Hanover MD, Tarara Winery in Leesburg VA, The New Jersey State Fair at the Meadowlands, Billy Joel's Car and Motorcycle Show in Oyster Bay Long Island and many, many more. The professionalism, consistency, and quality of musicianship will certainly exceed your expectations, as will the raw energy of their high powered live performance.

Contact the band today for booking at your venue or event. Human Wheels can assure that you and your patrons will have a' good time!

Human Wheels can and will perform anywhere, if we can drive, we can fly, we can be there. Distance is not a concern. Human Wheels will travel far beyond 120 miles from our home base.

For more information visit our website at triple W dot Humanwheels dot net. There you can see many pictures of our past performances, hear audio cuts, see our current schedule, band bio's and more.

The team providing the talent:

Tim Kettler

Guitar, Mandolin, backing Vocals

Dan Donovan


Joel Caplan


Gladys Bryant

Backing Vocals, Guitar, Percussion

Dennis Nanton


Ted Kettler

Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric guitar, Dobro

Set List

NOTE: Show length will determine song selection
Authority song
Wild nights
Paper in fire
Rain scarecrow
Key West Intermezzo (I saw you first)
Hand to hold
What if I came knocking
Crumblin Down
Teardrops will fall
I’m on my way
Ain’t even done the night
Human Wheels
Check it out
Pink Houses
I Need a Lover
Ge a leg up
Play guitar
Love and Happiness
Pop Singer
Our Country
Minutes to Memories
Lonely old night
Cherry bomb
Small Town
Jack and Diane
Hurts so good
R.O.C.K in the USA
Rooty Toot Toot
Between a Laugh and Tear
Under the Boardwalk
20th Century Fox
Your life is now
Peaceful World
Save some time to dream
No better than this

Influences & Inspiration

John Mellencamp.

Setup Requirements

6 monitors

Drum Riser