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John Mellencamp to perform at benefit celebration in December



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John Mellencamp performs for a small crowd at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in 2016. John Mellencamp will give an acoustic performance as part of the 40th Anniversary of the TMBCC benefit celebration in December. Cody Thompson Buy Photos

John Mellencamp will give an acoustic performance as part of the 40th Anniversary of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center benefit celebration in December.

Mellencamp, also known as John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American musician and singer-songwriter who lives in Bloomington known for hits like "Jack & Diane" and "Hurts So Good."

The event will also feature a conversation with Arjia Rinpoche, the director of the cultural center.

Rinpoche was recognized as the incarnation of the father of Lama Tsong Khapa, the 13th century Buddhist reformer, when he was only 2 years old. He established the Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom in California, and moved to Bloomington in 2006 when the Dalai Lama asked him to become the director of the TMBCC, according to the TMBCC website.

The benefit will be on Dec. 14 at Auer Hall, a 400-seat auditorium in the Simon Music Center. Tickets go on sale Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. on the IU Auditorium website.

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