In a recent press release it was announced that promoter Danny Zelisko is bringing Valley legend Jerry Riopelle to play the Celebrity Theatre New Year’s Eve, Mon., Dec. 31.
Tickets are on sale now the Celebrity Theatre box office, online at www.celebritytheatre.com or charge by phone at 602-267-1600 ext. 1.
Tickets are priced at: $95 and $65
Jerry Riopelle’s distinctive brand of hard driving roots rock filled with heavy doses of rhythm and blues, rock and country and flavored with a unique mix of jazz and reggae sounds make his sound unique and his following all the more loyal, especially here in the Valley where his New Year’s Eve shows are legendary.
Born in Detroit and raised in Tampa, Riopelle began his musical career in LA in the ‘60’s with the hit “The Thrill Is Gone,” a tune he wrote for Clydie King. The single caught the attention of famed producer Phil Spector, who hired Riopelle as a staff writer and producer. He went on to write and produce for The We Five, Brewer & Shipley, The Parade, Shango and many others.
In the early ‘70s, when Riopelle released his first self-titled album for Capitol Records, Arizona listeners and radio programmers caught on quickly to this L.A. singer/songwriter’s talent. In 1974, following the release of Riopelle’s third album Saving Grace, he performed as the support act for Dr. John at the legendary Celebrity Theatre on New Year’s Eve. That, coupled with the heavy radio play of Riopelle’s hits including “Walkin’ on Water,” “Blues on my Table,” “Red Ball Texas Flyer” and “Naomi’s Song” ensured that would be the last time Riopelle would be the opening act for anyone again in Arizona. Up until his recent state of “semi-retirement,” Riopelle played almost every New Year’s Eve in Phoenix, and to this day still has an extremely loyal following.
In 2005, Phoenix mayor, Phil Gordon, proclaimed Dec. 31st ‘Jerry Riopelle Day.’ In 2007, Riopelle was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Herb Alpert, Joan Baez, Leon Russell, Kenny Loggins, Rita Coolidge and Meat Loaf.
Riopelle chose the Valley of the Sun, where his headlining New Year’s Eve gigs are the stuff of legend, over Silicon Valley to set up his company, Beamz Interactive. He splits his time between his residence in Scottsdale and his home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Doors open at 7 p.m., show is at 9 p.m. The Celebrity Theatre is located four blocks south of the Loop 202, at 440 N. 32nd St.