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Roots Rally in Marshall benefits Highmark Caring Place

The fourth annual Roots Rally for Riley music benefit will take place from noon to 6 p.m. March 24 at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, 103 Slade Lane, Marshall.

The fourth yearly Roots Rally for Riley music benefit will occur from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 24 at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, 103 Slade Lane, Marshall.

Held every year in honor of Riley Scheller, who died from a brain tumor at 11 years old in 2008, the event celebrates her passion for bluegrass, country, and folk music. Profits support the Highmark Caring Place in Warrendale, which assisted the Scheller family when Riley was diagnosed with cancer.

The Roots Rally will showcase live music performances all day. Jeff Scheller, Riley’s father and upright bassist for The BOOM Rockets, a rockabilly and surf band from Pittsburgh, serves as the event’s organizer.

“I’m thrilled to once again manage this benefit in Riley’s honor,” he said. “We ask the community to join us for this daylong celebration of music, love, and memory to tribute Riley and all children fighting this terrible illness.

“The Caring Place in Warrendale was our support during those difficult times, providing assistance and solace. With the Roots Rally, we aim to reciprocate and guarantee that other families confronting similar challenges can benefit from the Caring Place’s priceless resources.”

This year’s Roots Rally lineup includes folk-rock band and headline performer Smilo and the Ghost; the Bindley Hardware Company, which plays original and classic-style country music; the Polkamaniacs, who infuse punk, roots, swing, and Americana with a polka style; The BOOM Rockets; and bluegrass band Midnight Drive.

Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be acquired at jergels.com.

To learn more about the event, go to bit.ly/rootsrally4.

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