ROCK FOR RONNIE Concert in the Park Benefiting Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund

ROCK FOR RONNIE Concert in the Park Benefiting Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund

5th April 2023 0 By Jon Deaux

An All-Star Jam will close out the ROCK FOR RONNIE Concert in the Park on Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2023 at Los Encinos Historic Park in Encino, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (  Hosted by radio and television personality Eddie Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM’s 103 Faction Talk channel, this first ROCK FOR RONNIE event will be a day of live rock music, silent and live auctions, food trucks and fun geared to the entire family.  


The All-Star Jam Band will comprise 25 stellar musicians trading spots during a closing set featuring a variety of classic metal hits and several Dio favorites. Participants include guitarists Ira Black (BulletBoys, Dio Disciples, Vio-lence); Chris Broderick, (In Flames, Act of Defiance, ex Megadeth); Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, Machine Head); Marc Ferrari (Keel); Keith Nelson (Buckcherry); Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake, Vandenberg); and Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders); vocalists Andry; Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal); Patrick Stone (Budderside, Sweet, Adler’s Appetite); Marq Torien (BulletBoys); and Neil Turbin (Death Riders, Anthrax); bass players Robbie Crane, (Black Star Riders, Ratt); Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai); Sean McNabb (Dokken, The Keef Richards); Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake); Marty O’Brien (Daughtry, Lita Ford); Dug Pinnick, (King’s X); and Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Dio, Whitesnake); drummers Fred Aching (BulletBoys, Kings of Thrash, Powerflo); Fred Coury (Cinderella); Mike Dupke (Wednesday 13, W.A.S.P.); Tosha Jones (Saliva); and Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big, Kix); and keyboard player Mike Mangan (The Cult).


The music will kick off at 12 noon with Jason Charles Miller’s southern rock band, followed on the bill by The Atomic Punks, the Tribute to Early Van Halen; the Return of…STEAMROLLER featuring members of The Dead Daisies, Dio and Whitesnake (Doug Aldrich, Brian Tichy, Michael Devin), performing Whitesnake songs; and Dio Disciples, comprising Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Ira Black, Terry Ilous and Dyna Shirasaki plus guest performer singer Ann Boleyn.  The All-Star Jam will close the show.


Beer, wine, soda and water will be available for sale, as well as delicious food from several participating food trucks, among them Salt N Pepper (, The Tropic Truck Caribbean Food ( and Coffee A GoGo, featuring lattes and smoothies.


Sponsors lending their support to ROCK FOR RONNIE include Liquid Death Mountain Water (; MacLeod Ale ( and Archie’s Ice Cream (


A raffle and silent auction with many exciting items available to bid on throughout the afternoon, while live auctions, featuring one-of-a-kind rock collectibles, will be held from the stage between artist performances.  A number of vendor booths will be offering unusual crafts and other items.




Los Encinos State Historic Park

16756 Moorpark St, Encino, CA 91436

12Noon – 5:00pm 


Tickets are available now at:


$50 in advance/day of event: $75

(Kids under 10 are free)  


For more information, please visit:


ROCK FOR RONNIE will raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention and research for a cure for this dreaded disease that has touched all of us in some fashion.  

Staff from Kapoor Medical, including Dio Cancer Fund Medical Director Dr. Sandy Kapoor, will be on hand to field questions about the latest innovations in cancer prevention and screening. The Dio Cancer Fund Medical Booth will also feature its skin cancer awareness and prevention program and will be distributing complimentary sunscreen. Early detection saves lives!


Legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010, is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film DIO: DREAMERS NEVER DIE, which was released theatrically last fall and is now streaming on SHOWTIME.  The DVD and film soundtrack album will be available later this year.


The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund ( was founded in memory of the late singer.  A privately funded 501(c)(3) public charity, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised over $2 million since its inception. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS, and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects. Most recently, the Dio Cancer Fund has committed funds to support the research of Dr. David Wong and his team at the UCLA School of Dentistry in developing a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer.  Their test, known as EFIRM (electric field-induced release and measurement) technology,   will enable thousands of people to get screened for previously hard-to-detect cancers. 


100% of the net proceeds from the ROCK FOR RONNIE will go to the Dio Cancer Fund, which is now in its 13th year of raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer prevention, education, and research for a cure.  The organization’s next fund-raising event will be its annual Bowl for Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Party is scheduled for November 16 at PINZ Bowling Center in Los Angeles.

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