Jerry Riopelle performs at this weekend’s ‘Rockin’ West Fest’

Jerry Riopelle will perform as the evening headliner March 28 at the Scottsdale Rockin’ West Fest Western Show & Concert at the Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse & Microbrewery in Scottsdale.

Jerry Riopelle was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007.

Jerry Riopelle was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007.

A portion of the proceeds from the event, presented by R&R Ranch Productions and sponsored by Rex and Robin Hardin, will be donated to the Joe Niekro Foundation to help fund Arizona aftercare programs for aneurysm, stroke, and AVM patients.

Jerry Riopelle, who was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007, is best known for his distinctive brand of hard driving roots rock, which reflects a genuine use of lyrical honesty with heavy doses of rhythm and blues, rock and country, flavored with a unique mix of jazz and reggae sounds.

The event, held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. will also feature music and entertainment throughout the day by entertainers including Jessi Colter, Jon Chandler and Ernie Martinez, Nowhere Fast, Tommy Rocks, and Jimmie Ray and Cyndi Cantrell’s Tribute to Johnnie Cash.

In addition to a salute to actor Peter Brown, other western celebrities on hand for the event include actor Martin Kove, Golden Boot and Western Heritage Award Winner Lincoln Lageson, actor and voice-over artist Paul Pape, and western writer and historian Phil Spangenberger.

Robin Hardin, who suffered a brain aneurysm Dec. 15, 2007, arrived at the hospital and was given a very grave prognosis. Thanks to excellent medical care at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute, her will to fight, and the determination of her husband Rex, Robin survived.

“Thanks to the doctors at Barrows and excellent aftercare, Robin has recovered many of the skills lost as a result of the aneurysm,” says Rex Hardin, explaining that aftercare Robin received was a critical part of her road to success.

Today, the couple’s goal is to raise funds to help aneurysm and AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation) survivors with that aftercare in Arizona through the Joe Niekro Foundation.

Tickets to the event will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance through the Foundation at www.joeniekrofoundation.org.

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