The second annual Rock It Forward Concert featuring Zeppo, playing the music of Led Zeppelin, with guest band Wyld Ryce, will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Pine Peaks Events Center in rural Pine River to benefit the Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward Cancer Fund.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and music will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for this all-ages concert for a cause are $25 each, with all ticket proceeds donated to the fund. Tickets are available online, by calling 800-838-3006, or at the door. To buy tickets online, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4330106.
Wayne and Sylvia Swanson, of Breezy Point, established the Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward Fund at the St. Joseph’s Foundation/Essentia Health as a way to provide financial assistance for basic living expenses to lakes area residents who are undergoing cancer treatments. The Swansons have raised thousands of dollars in assistance through their annual golf tournament in August.
In addition to the music, there will be full bar service, non-alcoholic beverages and food available on site.
Event organizer and Outing resident Paul Boblett said: "We're very excited for this opportunity to once again help individuals and families in our community who are struggling with very serious health issues. When you’re sick, the last thing you should have to worry about is how to make rent or put food on the table.
“I simply don’t know anyone who has not been affected by cancer in some way, whether it’s a spouse or family member, friend or co-worker,” added Boblett. “Both my wife and I are cancer survivors, and our experiences have provided us some perspective. This concert is a great way to help others, spread the word about the fund, and have a good time while doing it.”
The local business community has been supportive though the underwriting of the concert, especially Dave and Julie Peterson of Pine Peaks Event Center, who donated their facility for the event again, Boblett said.
Zeppo was formed after an impromptu jam session in October 2016. The band has regularly headlined concert venues across the state. The band is composed of Minnesota rock veterans, including singer-guitarist John Eller, guitarist Terrance J. Fisher, drummer Noah Levy, bassist Boblett, who along with keyboardist Zach Sershon bring a deep appreciation and love for the iconic Led Zeppelin catalog.
Wyld Ryce was hugely popular in the area in the early 1980s and recorded and released two full-length albums and a 45. They reformed in 2016 with all but one original member after a nearly 30-year hiatus and have been performing regularly across the area for the past few years.
The band includes husband and wife John and Vicki Palmer on vocals and keyboards, respectively; bassist Craig Englehart, guitarist Joel Jenkins, keyboardist Jim Cervin, and drummer Todd Johnson.
For more information on Wyld Ryce, visit www.facebook.com/wyldryceband.
The Pine Peaks Events Center is at 39957 Swanburg Road, Pine River.