Mellencamp tribute band in Nashville

Who better to salute Seymour’s famous son and classic pop-rocker John Mellencamp than a group of Indiana musicians?

So it is for the American Fools Band, bringing what it calls “the biggest Hoosier hits and the deepest cuts to the heartland of America.”

The ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m Saturday at Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville. Tickets are $15.

The Mellencamp tribute band “brings the feel-good groove of John (Cougar) Mellencamp’s songs to life on the stage,” according to its publicity material.

Concerts include songs such as “Cherry Bomb, ” “Jack & Diane,” “R.O.C.K. in the USA,” “I Need a Lover,” “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “Thundering Hearts,” “China Girl,” “Crumblin’ Down,” “Rain on the Scarecrow,” “Pink Houses” and more.

The group takes its name from the 1982 commercial breakthrough album “American Fool” from then-John Cougar. The disc rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart. Classics from Asia, Kansas, Van Halen, Scorpions, Rainbow, Queen, The Stones and The Motels rounded out the Top 10.

The release included the Top 10 singles “Hurts So Good” and the No. 1 hit “Jack & Diane.”

Publicity material for the American Fools Band mentions that the group is ready to play “anywhere there are a large group of people wanting to sing along and dance and remember when,” echoing a segment of lyrics from “Cherry Bomb.”

Mellencamp has amassed 22 U.S. Top 40 hits and 13 Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.